Portable hard drive not seen in "My Computer"

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Hi, I recently reformated my ThinkPad laptop with Windows XP.
Everything is working fine except that I can not see my portable hard drive any more when I plug it to the USB.

Anybody have an idea what wrong with it?
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Peter
 
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Old 01-23-08, 12:16 PM
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When you plug the drive in, does windows "ding"? you might also check your device manager under the control panel to see if for some reason a driver was not loaded correctly and the drive is not being seen. you can also check the USB connection icon on the sys tray to see if it gives any info. But...sounds like a usb driver is not installed or loaded correctly.
 
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Did you make sure to install the mother board drivers? USB included.
 
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Thanks for your replies.

To BSB: When I plug the drive in, the windows used to give me a "ding" sound and then pop up a window. But after my reformat, this does not happen any more, althrough the green light on my portable drive is on. I checked the device manager under the control panel, everything seems fine, no "?" or "!".

To oneofamill: I am not sure what the mother board drivers are. I assume it will be installed by itself when reformat, Won't it?

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To oneofamill: I am not sure what the mother board drivers are. I assume it will be installed by itself when reformat, Won't it?

Thanks again!
Not necessarily.

Look under Control Panel - System - Hardware - Device manager and see if there is anything with a yellow !
 
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Go to the thinkpad web site. There is prabably a packege download for your specific model.

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...id=TPAD-MATRIX
 
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Thanks all!

I will try to download some files.
 
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Originally Posted by tribe_fan View Post
Go to the thinkpad web site. There is prabably a packege download for your specific model.

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/si...id=TPAD-MATRIX
Hi, I went the website you suggested, it does not seem to have the right software I need. Would you please tell me what I should download from there? thanks.
 
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First one you may need is the chipset driver. Since you have not provided the laptop model number, I cannot point you to the proper driver. Thinkpads usually need more than one driver for certain things, depending on your model and what is under the hood.

Example model number:
Thinkpad T43
2668-NU3

You can usually find the model number on the bottom of the machine.
 
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