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Old 01-13-2005, 03:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got an IOGEAR external hard drive. It came in FAT32 with 4
partitions. I intended to remove the partitions and reformat to

I went into disk management and removed the partitions, but now neither My Computer nor disk management sees the drive!

(I can see it in device manager and shows to be working fine - it is just "invisible" to "My Computer").

How do I reformat the drive if I don't know what letter is assigned? How do I get to "see" it again?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Old 01-13-2005, 04:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That means you have deleted all the partitions of it, and windows cannot see it. If this drive was internal, you would boot into DOS of a floppy and run FDISK and create partitions. Since this drive is external, get yourself a copy of partition magic. That should let you create a NTFS partition and windows will see it.

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Old 01-13-2005, 04:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If the HD is connected via USB (???) then you might be able to go into the bios and redetect the HD. I have to do that when I got my 200 gig. It had a partition of 127 gigs, and windows wasnt seeing the rest, soI went into the bios and redetected it, and it showed up as another partition in win XP disk manage.
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Old 01-13-2005, 04:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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listen to wayne...get yourself a copy of partition magic...that program works wonders
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Old 01-13-2005, 05:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies. I was really hoping this wouldn't require me to spend $100 on a software program (Partition magic!). Tyler - can you let me know how to check the bios?
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