New External Drive not visible in "This PC"

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  1. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    New External Drive not visible in "This PC"


    My new external Toshiba drive (Disk 1) does not show up under "This PC." The drive is connected with a USB3.0 cable to a USB 3.1 port on the pc. I can see it in the Taskbar via the icon that I turned on (Safely Remove HArdware). I can see the drive also in the Device Manager. I also can eject the drive, because I see it in the taskbar under the Safely Remove Hardware icon.

    I did this: run the Hardware and Device Troubleshooter or the Windows USB Troubleshooter and check if it helps. It did not help.
    Next, I followed some online advice and I initialized the drive. Because it's a 5TG drive I chose GPT. not MBR.

    I do not see a formatting option. Supposedly, in Computer Mangement, if I right-click on the disk I can choose to format. I don't see that option.

    Please advise me how to make my new drive show up in This PC.

    If it matters, the drive is a Toshiba X300 5TB.

    I apologize for all my questions, but I am new to the pc world.

    The picture below is only to demonstrate that I do not see the option to format the drive.


    New External Drive not visible in "This PC"-computer-manager.jpg


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  2. Posts : 4,554
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #2

    You need to format the disk by right clicking Unallocated space from Disk Management console.
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  3. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Alright. There is a Volume Wizard. It asks me to mount in an empty NTFS folder. I have no idea where that folder should go.

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  4. Posts : 4,554
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #4

    Select Assign the following drive letter checkbox and select a drive letter for the new partition.
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  5. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Alright, I got to the point where I could format to NTFS. I guess this will take quite a while. I will report later if I can now see th drive. Thanks again!
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  6. Posts : 4,554
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #6

    You are very welcome!
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  7. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    One thought has just occurred to me. Should I have partitioned the drive before formatting it? It's probably safer and also quicker to access data if the 5TB drive is partitioned?
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  8. Posts : 4,554
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #8

    You already partition the drive its up to you how many partition you want to create i have a 2TB drive i have only single partition as i said its up to you.
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  9. Posts : 114
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Thanks. The formatting process is still going.
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  10. Posts : 4,554
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #10

    Thanks for the rep!

    Next time when you format the drive select Quick format there is a option for Quick format.
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