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Not Able To See All External Drives


I have window 7 home premium (64bit) and i've got 2 wd externals and 1 seagate external connected (all work fine) and i connect a third wd external and this drive shows in my device manager, but not in the "my computer window" and i can not access this drive. The same drive works fine when i remove any of the other drives and on another computer. How do i get this drive to show. All wd externals are 2tb and the seagate is 500gb. How do i get the third wd accessible?

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