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Windows 7 External Hard Drive Won’t Show Up

Just had a problem with getting my Iomega USB hard drive to be recognized by Windows 7.

Actually, the first time I plugged it in it did show up, but then something unrelated happened, something crashed and the drive refused to ever mount again.

I opened up the Device Manager (Start -> Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Device Manager) and then expanded the Disk drives section. It looked like this:

I guessed the one marked USB was my external drive, right-clicked and hit Uninstall

I then unplugged me external drive, waited a couple seconds and plugged it back in. Windows automatically reinstalled this driver and now everything works properly.


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written by Tim Taylor

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