PC doesn't read External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Computer Memory and Hard Drives' started by arob_ato, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. arob_ato

    arob_ato New Member

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    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.
     
  2. robina_80

    robina_80 New Member

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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
     
  3. andy faith

    andy faith New Member

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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.
     
  4. b3rt_d4ni3l

    b3rt_d4ni3l New Member

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    Could it be that the computer is not seeing it because it is a PS3 hard drive?
     
  5. Cromewell

    Cromewell Administrator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  6. arob_ato

    arob_ato New Member

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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.
     
  7. arob_ato

    arob_ato New Member

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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
     
  8. Cromewell

    Cromewell Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     
  9. arob_ato

    arob_ato New Member

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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??
     
  10. andy faith

    andy faith New Member

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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?
     
  11. Cromewell

    Cromewell Administrator Staff Member

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  12. arob_ato

    arob_ato New Member

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    Yes Cromewell, that's right the PS3 doesn't read NTSF, which is why i need to have it formatted into FAT32. Basically I want my pictures, video, and music off my PC's internal hard drive but have it tranferable between the PC and PS3.

    I've heard about Swissknife and that's the route I'm going to go, but if you don't mind, what exactly to I need to do when I download it. Also I was reading that you cannot format FAT32 when the hard drive is bigger than 32GB's. The hard drive I have is 60GB. Can I format 32GB's in FAT32 and 28GB's in NTSF??
     
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2007
  13. andy faith

    andy faith New Member

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    you can indeed, make 2 seperate partitions, one of 32GB and one for the rest (not guaranteed to be 28GB) and format them
     
  14. Cromewell

    Cromewell Administrator Staff Member

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    You can format FAT32 when the drive is over 32GB, FAT32 supports drives up to 2TB in size. The Windows XP format cannot format FAT32 bigger than 32GB but you can use a program like swissknife to do it.
     

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