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Win 8 Cannot find external HDD

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
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    Win 8 Cannot find external HDD


    Hi Everybody , any help much appreciated

    I have purchased from a local electronics store, an after market HDD drive housing to enable me to use a surplus 450GB IDE hdd from a now defunct computer.

    Once assembled I plugged it in ( it comes with its own power pack , and uses a USB cable to connect to the computer )

    Win8 knows it is there and installed a driver called - USB to IDE bridge. there the problem starts

    I am unable to see the drive in explorer or anything . either as a mass storage device or an external drive.

    Do I have to register the drive or anything , and if so how - shouldnt win8 do this automatically ?? I have another HDD ( more modern one ) and windows see's that straight away.

    Any help much Appreciated

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  2. #2


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Does it show up in Disk Management ??
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    windows 8


    Hi WHS , thanks for the prompt reply.

    No it does not appear in disk management

    Regards
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Hmm, then the system really does not recognize it. My next guess would be that this generic driver which was installed does not work for it. You can go on the manufacturers website and check whether they have any /8 ot /7 driver for it. Chances are probably slim since IDE has long gone out of style.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    windows 8


    Hi WHS Thanks for the prompt reply again.

    I have solved the problem. I have another IDE drive from the the same old computer ( it had 2 ) so I tried that one in the disk housing and it worked immediately. Great.

    So I then thought, I wonder if it has something to do with the jumper settings on the offending drive. It was set to "master" so i swapped it to slave, the same as the working drive. Re-inserted it into the housing and wammo it works as well.

    So a lesson for all , and thanks once again for your help.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Very good. Those IDE drives sure are tricky. Thanks for reporting back. That will be useful for others.
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    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot

    Win8 not seeing external HDD via USB


    This was the fastest resolution of a problem ever, lol! Great job, and thanks for posting it..


    One other issue that you may find is that you have to keep going into DISK MGMT everytime to have windows show it as a drive.

    If you want windows to recognize it as soon as you plug it in without having to go through DISK MGMT is to :

    First recognize the Drive through DISK MGMT and assign it a drive letter

    Then go to COMPUTER select the removable drive then (right click) then (properties)

    Select (hardware)

    Find your harddrive in the list then select it, then click (properties), then (policies)

    Select (better performance) and not (quick removal)

    Thats it.. you will have to use the (Safely Remove Hardware) icon in your system tray before removing this drive from now on to make sure there is nothing in the cache waiting to be written, but that only takes a few seconds, and saves the BIG TO DO of DISK MGMT everytime you plug it in...

    Also performance and file transfer speed should improve..


    Brooklyn!




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    Posts : 6
    windows 8


    Hi Brooklyn, thanks for the help

    However since I have achieved a solution , everything has worked just sweet , with no problems from windows at all.
    I have also followed your recommendations without resetting anything, and have learned a great deal about the "internals" of windows 8 and how it manages things. Thanks once again ..

    Kind Regards
    Slicerman
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    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    This was an issue I had with Windows 7 a while back when I bought my HDD dock. It was awesome at first, the PC auto populated the drives and I had full access.. Then somehow something changed and I then had to always goto DISK MGMT to populate the drives, Ive searched and searched everywhere for a solution to no avail. Finally found the answer myself and have been posting it wherever and whenever I can. Ive screamed many obscenities at my computer before this resolution, Im sure others are too...

    Brooklyn
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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    windows 8


    So Brooklyn , how did you resolve this problem.
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