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I cannot see my 'Seagate Expansion 640 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive' listed in 'My Computer' as an option. I need to backup files and cannot drag them to the external hard drive since it does not show up.

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Hello, if the drive is new it may just need to be formatted, if it's an existing drive it may have a failed partition.

If it's new, connect it to the computer, right-click on your My Computer or Computer icon and left-click manage. When the management console opens left-click Disk Management, then scroll through the right panel and find your 640GB drive. As long as it's there and unallocated you can right click on the unallocated space and select format. Follow the wizard using the default settings. When you're finished it should show up in My Computer.

If this is an existing drive and has failed, proceed to the management console and see if it shows up, if it does make note of all information show in the right panel and either way report back for further assistance by reply to this response.

Hope this helps FixYa,

Chris

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