Brand New WD Drive not recognized by My Computer


#1

New, just out of the box, WD30EFRX Drive Not Showing Up in My Computer. USB3-SATA UASP1 is recognized by Laptop in Devices and Printers when powered up with this NEW drive plugged in but the drive does not show up in My Computer.

A different, previously used WD Drive WD1002FAEX removed from an old computer and inserted into this Plugable Device does show up in My Computer and works as expected.

Must a NEW drive be formatted prior to use in this Plugable Lay Flat device? Can a new, unrecognized drive be formatted somehow in this Plugable Device?

Windows 7-64b.


#2

Hello,

A new blank hard drive must be initialized, partitioned, formatted, and then assigned a drive letter through the Windows Disk Management Console before it will be recognized in Windows Explorer (My Computer).


#3

Can you provide some info or links that describe how to get this drive set up? I haven’t yet found that sort of thing on the Western Digital site for this drive.


#4

Is it likely that I could use an eSATA port on my Laptop connected to the Pluggable USB3 port with an eSATA to USB3 adaptor/cable to initialize, partition, format a NEW drive?


#5

OK. I found a way to initialize a NEW HD using a feature built into Windows 7/Start/ (Right-Click)Computer/Manage/Disk Management. No cables or adaptors required; used the Plugable USB3 cable provided.


#6