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Old 09-25-2007, 03:27 PM   #1
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Default PC doesn't read External Hard Drive

When I plug in my external hdd via usb, my computer doesn't read the drive. For example, I click on 'My Computer' and all that shows up is the Local Disk C and D drive. I tested my flash drive to make sure it wasn't the usb ports and sure enough the 'Removable Disk F' showed up. The Device Manager reads the external hard drive properly. I have Windows XP SP2, the external hard drive is a 2.5 SATA from the PS3. Any solutions would be more than helpful. Thank you.
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Old 09-25-2007, 03:39 PM   #2
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when i plug in my ext HD to one of my USB2 ports i have to wait about 30 sec to min for my computer to see it

dunno why there is a delay but there is, i say give it some time
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:12 PM   #3
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what you could try is going to control panel -> administrative tools -> computer management -> disk management and see if it registers in there when you plug it in. it might just not have a partition.
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Could it be that the computer is not seeing it because it is a PS3 hard drive?
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Could it be that the computer is not seeing it because it is a PS3 hard drive?
That would be my guess. It probably uses a filesystem that is not recognized by windows. I think the PS3 can recognize FAT32 formatted drives but I don't know what filesystem the system formats it to on it's own.
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I tried what you said andy faith and this is what came up:

Disk 1
Unknown
55.88 GB
Not Initialized

Above it reads Disk 0, which is my internal HDD, and that reads fine. So is the computer not reading the HDD??

The PS3 HDD is your standard Serial-ATA drive found in any laptop so I know that's not the problem.

Thanks for the replies and hopefully I'll find a solution to this problem.
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I finally got it to read by going to

Control Panel-->Administrative Tools-->Computer Management-->Disk Management

I then had to active the Drive as well as partition the drive and sure enough it came up under My Documents
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When you partitioned/formatted the drive it destroyed any data on it, hopefully you didn't have any saved games or anything on it.

Yes a PS3 hard drive isn't special hardware but what we were saying was it was formatted with a non-windows filesystem.
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There were no game saves on it but now I'm having the problem of formatting the hard drive to FAT32. It only gives me the option of NTSF or something like that. Any solutions for that??
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you can use gnome partition manager (aka gparted). Download it from here get the latest iso image, burn it to cd then boot from it. It will give you the option of what file system to use. Why are you using fat32 rather than ntfs anyway?
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