SOLVED External HDD recognition


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Dell 8910 desktop. I bought an external kit to operate/examine hard drives which connects to the computer via usb. There is sound when I plug it in but the drive does not appear under the C:/ drive menu. I can not examine the contents if it does not show. It does show in the disk management menu so it is there. Any suggestions?
 
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File Explorer and the earlier Windows Explorer use the backslash \ in describing the path name while the Internet addresses use the forward slash /.

The sound only indicates something has been plugged in such as an External USB drive, a Portable USB drive or other USB device. If a drive won't show in File Explorer look in Disk Management, if shown there it usually means it doesn't have a drive letter assigned which should occur after a drive is partitioned then formatted. Once that occurs a drive letter can be assigned from any that are listed as available.

In the Notification Area there usually is an icon for Safely Remove device, the USB case/adapter may show there instead of the actual drive.
 
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Not exactly sure what you mean by the C: drive menu? An external would not appear under a pure isolated C: windows. To se the Ext, use "This PC", or the nav pane.

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Attached .pdf shows the device manager with a 320gb hdd showing that it has been used to record. There is no drive letter. The device does not appear on file explorer. I could find nothing in the notification area.
 

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Found a way to add a drive letter. It works. Thanks to all for your help.
 

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