How come I cannot see my external hard drive in my Windows 7 Explorer window?

by on February 21, 2013

Q: Hi all

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I am trying to get the data from my sister’s HD onto my computer using a Rosewill SATA to USB cable. The HD is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11.

When I connect the usb cable I get the connecting sound and a window saying that the USB device is ready to use, but the drive doesn’t show up in windows explorer. I have tried to reconnect a few times and have restarted the computer with the usb cable connected.

The disk shows up as unknown “Disk 1” under the disk management tool and gives an option to initialize the disk, but I’m guessing this will erase or at least hide the data on it.

Does anyone have any advice on how to get this setup working??

Many thanks
Chris


One Response to “How come I cannot see my external hard drive in my Windows 7 Explorer window?”
  1.  

    Does this external drive work okay on another computer?