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Old 02-18-2007, 09:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guys, I just got a Hardrive, and an external enclosure.

I put it together just fine. but the problem ocured when I pluged it in to my computer (Win XP) It said that it was installed, however it does not show up under "my computer".

help please. I can not seem to find where it is...

the external Enclosure is a Rosewill RX353-S



thanks in advance.
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Old 02-18-2007, 10:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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try restarting your computer first, then go to device manager and see if you notice any issues.
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Old 02-18-2007, 10:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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... Restarted my computer 3 times already... not fixed.

I heard something about win xp pro not reconizing Mass Storage devices...

the harddrive is 320gb large.
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maybe for certain devices... try Rosewell's website for more info on that model
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did you connect the sata cable to your motherboard?
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Searched there site... there seems to be no driver for it... it the harddrive is a sata drive... could that be a problem?
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Old 02-18-2007, 11:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It is... an external hardrive... I have a USB cable.


Edit:

OMG I found out what was wrong.

someone told me:
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A new drive without a partition cannot be assigned a drive letter in Windows XP. You have to partition it first.

You can do this in Start / Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Computer Management / Disk Management /

I just happen to have a side-business selling external drives online, so I know how common this problem is with most people that put together their own external drives. www.drivefusion.com

For this reason, I always partition and format my external drives for customers before I send them out so they don't complain.

It's a common mistake, and hopefully this will solve your problem. If creating a new partition does not assign a letter to your drive, then the enclosure is probably defective.

Another method of creating a partition is using Partition Magic or physically removing the drive from the enclsoure and installing it in your system.

thank god.
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