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    • #1663630 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      I jut got a new laptop, and long with it I got a WD 500 gig external SSD.

      Now, I don’t like sounding dumb, but:  If I plug that SSD into the USB port, shouldn’t it get assigned a letter and show up in My Computer?

      It makes the sound of connecting, but it doesn’t show up in MC.


      So now I AM confused.  Since I have my “old” laptop, I fired it up and plugged in the WD SSD, and lo and behold, it immediately connected and took a letter.

      So now I have no idea.  I have several other things plugged into the USB’s on the new machine, and they all work fine.  Just not the SSD — but it DOES work on my “old” laptop.

      So now what?


      Chuck Billow

    • #1671619 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      Fire up Disk Manager and see what it says about the external disk. It may just need to be initialized.

      cheers, Paul

    • #1674636 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Paul, if I right-click on My Computer and select “Manage”, nothing happens.

      Chuck Billow

    • #1674750 Reply


      I found the Disk Manager — r-click on start menu — so:

      It showed the SSD with some 465 gigs but r-clickon on that showed used space and available space at 0.


    • #1674760 Reply


      Paul, I got it.  In Disk Management, r-clicking on the drive had “Change Drive Letter” and it was there that I selected the letter and then/now it shows in My Computer.  Didn’t even have to format.  For some reason it just didn’t automatically “take a letter.”

    • #1675054 Reply


      You’d have been better off having the SSD installed inside the laptop than having an external one…!

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    • #1745325 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Guys, I just finished moving my O/S from the SSD that came with my laptop, to my Samsung 1TB SSD.

      Worked without a hitch, and what a difference!

      Chuck Billow

      1 user thanked author for this post.
    • #1745329 Reply

      AskWoody MVP

      Good for you Chuck. Thanks for letting us know.


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