moderated Re: Cannot find my new external hard disk

Dave Durber

When you connected the new external drive, did you hear the ascending two-tone indication, that a USB device had been connected, and also, did you get the notification, that the driver software for that device was being installed? and lastly, did you place your hand on the device, to see if you could feel the slight vibration of its motor or you heard its motor, that is, if it is a hard drive?
If you did not hear the ascending two-tone, after connecting the external device, then Windows did not recognize that such a device had been connected to the system, and it is highly likely, there is something wrong with the device, and you should return it for a replacement.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, April 10, 2021 2:07 AM
Subject: Re: Cannot find my new external hard disk

I just tried your recommendation. Three disks appeared on the list, but JAWS says that ‘change drive letters and paths’ is unavailable. Anyway, I am not sure that my Passport Ultra is one of those three.


From: <> On Behalf Of Alan Lemly
Sent: e shtunë, 10 prill 2021 02:17
Subject: Re: Cannot find my new external hard disk


I'm a big fan of Windows Run commands. You can press the Windows key + r to open a run command window and type diskmgmt.msc in the text box and press enter to bring up a file explorer window with your connected disk drives listed. You can shift F10 on any drive listed to bring up a context menu where you can assign drive letters, etc.


Good luck.


Alan Lemly


From: [] On Behalf Of Mike B
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2021 6:26 PM
Subject: Re: Cannot find my new external hard disk


This is an outside shot, but I'm only suggesting this as something to check.


There's a setting that if turned on hides empty drives.


While in File Explorer press, Alt + F, then press the letter, O, to open Change folder and search options.

Control + tab to the View tab / page.

Tab a couple of times to the Advanced setting tree view.

Press the letter, H, 2 times I believe, to land on, Hide empty drives.  If Jaws reports this as, On , press the spacebar to turn it off.

Now tab to, Okay, and press enter to save / close.



Stay safe and take care.  Mike.

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Friday, April 09, 2021 4:02 PM

Subject: Re: Cannot find my new external hard disk


you need to open disk manager. then find your hard drive and see if it needs to have a Drive letter assign to it. but since It's not showing up  it probably needs to be formatted or initialized.

Randy Barnett

On Apr 9, 2021, at 1:43 PM, Gezim Rexha <gezim_rexha@...> wrote:

Hi all,

I just bought a My Passport Ultra hard disk, but I cannot see it I my laptop. I am using the latest JAWS version, if that has any relevance.

I hope this is not too off-topic, and I would appreciate your help.



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