I'm running Windows 7 on an Acer laptop. I have tried two known and working External hard divers on my laptop. I can see both on the Device manger and it states both drivers are working, however they are not appearing on my Computer. i have followed previous threads and have checked Disk Management. When the external hard drive is not plugged in, i see my C drive, however when i plug in via the USB,I cant open the disk management, I get a message stating "loading disk configuration information". if i remove the External Hard Drive, and reboot the PC, I can open the Disk management. If I now insert the External Hard Drive, i can see it in the lower part of the Disk managment screen, but i cant do anything with it.
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IS this a brand new disk or was it formatted in another system with another file system? Sometimes, Windows disk management will flake out with MAC journaled file system or ext4 and the like.
If the disk has nothing on it, you should be able to use any Linux Live …
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