External Hard Drive Won't Read, Help!

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Hey guys,

I did a Windows reinstall on my PC today, and completely reformatted
the hard drive as well.  Prior to the reinstall, I backed up all my
important files to my external HD.

The reinstall went ok, but when I plugged in the external, the drive
does not show up in my computer.  I tried plugging in another USB
device and it does get recognized.  I've tried different ports,
unplugging and replugging the external.  Windows does make that USB
noise when I plug it in, but it just shows "mass storage device".  I
can't imagine it is the USB cable because it was working just a few
hours ago.  I tried plugging the external into my laptop and it would
not recognize there either.  Please help.  I have important files on
this thing

Re: External Hard Drive Won't Read, Help!

alvinstraight38@hotmail.com wrote:
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Right click on My Computer icon
Select Manage
Select Disk Management
Find the Volume and alocate it a drive letter

Re: External Hard Drive Won't Read, Help!

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I tried that, and it now shows a new drive, but it wants to format my
hard drive.  That would erase my backup right? This is a Western
Digital Element HD.  I downloaded their diagnostic tool, and it was
able to recognize the external.

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