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Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

Question: Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

Hello,

I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop. I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer (using Acronis TrueImage), and I'd like to restore that image, returning the laptop back to that fresh, clean original state. I've done this two or three times before and it worked great each time.

But now there's a problem. Normally I would connect to the laptop a USB storage/backup drive that has the disk image, boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis, then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop's HDD.

When I tried it this time round, the laptop's HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all. I created a new rescue media disk, tried it again, and got the same result.

I then took the HDD out of the laptop, connected it to an adapter kit that let's you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply, and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation. Same result. The drive was not detected by Acronis.

The drive does not seem to spin up at all when it is connected.

** Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc. **

When I plug the drive into my desktop, the drive does not show up in Disk Management (Start | Right-click My Computer | Manage | Disk Management). It doesn't show up in either of the two right-side windows. (so there's no way I know of to format it or do any work on it in Windows)

When I go to Device Manager | Disk Drives, I see "USB Device" for that drive, and under Properties it is listed as "Disk Drives" for "Device Type" and its status says it is working properly.

So what I don't get is, it works fine when it is in the laptop (boots into XP, etc.), but when connected as an external drive or when the laptop is being run off of CD, the drive can't be detected... and not on just one computer, but multiple.

Is it junk?

Any ideas?

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Answer: Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119475 having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!

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I have a 500 GB WD USB 2.0 External Hard drive that worked perfectly that i used to store music, movies, family pictures, family home videos, TV shows everything. And one day out of the blue it just stopped showing up on my computer. I never did anything out of the ordinary or anything. I plugged it in and i hear the HD running, light is on and i even hear the prompt sound on my laptop go off. But the HD itself will not show up on my laptop. I have ALOT of stuff on this i need so any information on helping with this will help!!!!

Answer:My WD USB 2.0 External Hard drive not being recognized by my Laptop

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,

Can you please post a screen capture image of your Disk Management screen?

1. Click Start
2. Type disk manage
3. Click 'Create and format hard disk partitions'
4. Maximise the window, then take a screen capture image.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Regards,
Golden

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Hi all.

I've got an old seagate freeagent external hard-drive. I've installed and uninstalled it now a few times, it get recognized, but I can't get into it. I've tried giving it a letter in disk management, but then I have to format the drive, which obviously means that everything that's on there will be gone... could really really use some help with getting into the drive.

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hi, I have a Toshiba store art 3.5 (I think) that can connect to my old pc running windows 7 just fine but it can not connect to my brand new Dell laptop (can see it in in device manager but not open it in any way I've tried to). I need my external to save my files from my laptop on and a new one is out of the question. also formatting the external drive should only be a LAST resort!!

if you do have a solution please explain in detail as far as you can? Computer stuff can be a bit confusing to me sometimes...

because I can see it in device manager on my laptop I updated drivers but it only said that the best drivers where already installed.

ask for any other info needed, and if necessary explain how to get it please.
 

Answer:Toshiba (store art 3.5) external hard drive not recognized by laptop?

make sure that the device is not blocked by checking the properties of it in device manager
 

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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Hey,

I got new Desktop recently, Lenovo K450e, and when I went to plug in my external HD, Seagate 500GB, it didn't show up in either My Computer or Disk Management and there are no exclamation points next to the drivers suggesting that I would need a driver update. I plugged it into other ports on my computer with no luck but when I plug it into my laptop it works fine. I have read so many different forums with no luck. My computer is a Windows 8.1 intel core I7 processer.

Thank you
 

Answer:External Hard drive not recognized in My Computer or Disk Managment but it is on my laptop

Make sure you update and apply all the Windows updates before trying to use this new computer. You can run Windows Update manually for this
 

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Hello all. I have a technical background (hardware control systems), but am by no means a threat to any IT guy who actually understands DOS (Greek), or different OS platforms. In that regard, I will claim ignorance with a smidgen of knowledge---just so you know who you are dealing with and will correspondingly, dumb down your answers to my level (slightly smarter than a pile of rocks when it comes to absorbing this type of information).

I have a Dell GX630, 3.2 GHz computer with Windows XP Pro SP3 that is replacing my older 700MHz machine. I have painfully copied all programs, files, and added the peripheral hardware (printer, scanner, modems) to make this a duplicate replacement computer system with an addition monitor.

I have read all the posts for making a bootable flash drive (stick) and made both a Hirens bootable stick (three different sticks, Sandisk 4GB, Kingston 1 GB, and a generic 16GB) and a BartPE bootable CD disk?.my eyes bled, and the hammering base drum in my head has subsided. I?m Scotch/Irish/German with no desire to conquer the world, drink every Pub dry, and do it for little or no money, but I am stubborn, hard-headed, and tenacious to a fault.

My goal is to make a stand-a-lone Seagate FreeAgent USB (self powered) external drive, a working replacement "main drive (0)" for my computer with it?s own operating system
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Hi

not sure what you are trying to acheive, from what ive read you cant get windows to boot from an exteranl usb hdd no matter what you do.

if its just for disaster recovery then do what i do.

you can ,make flash sticks bootable but i never could make a HDD bootable using windows, so i took the drive out of the enclosure and put it in my laptop, i booted from a win98 cd and fdisked and formatted the drive then sys'd it to make it bootable, i copied ghost onto it and wrote a small autoexec.bat file to set ghost running at boot up.

i then booted from it with it plugged into the laptop and ran a disk clone to a file onto the USB HDD.

when i want to restore it i just image the drive in from the USB HDD and im done.
 

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Hi, I recently erased a hard drive and reformated it.  When I install it back into the computer, it is not recognized as the primary master in the bios.  It shows it as a drive I can boot from, and it is shown as a raid driver or "serial driver?", but is not recognized as a primary driver.  When I try and install windows,  it does not recognize a hard drive.  I can't figure out if there is something in the bios I am missing.   If I plug the hard drive into another computer, it is recognized as a primary master and I was able to install windows on it.  However, when I put it back into the other computer, it starts to load windows, but then resets the computer.  I can't figure out what's wrong!!

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bodtchboy......QuoteI recently erased a hard drive and reformated it.  [highlight]When I install it back into the computer[/highlight]......  Why was it necessary to remove the HD to wipe it and do a clean install?Please specify what type of HD it is we're dealing with.dl65  

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Friends --

I have a WD2500 external hard drive I have been using to expand my PC's HD capacity that recently began to fail. The drive powers up and spins and soon after, I hear the little clicks of the arm hitting the side of the case. I was hoping to transfer data to a second drive but it did not arrive in time...
What I don't understand is this: After contacting WD Support and switching power to a wall socket, it seemed to fix things for a day. I removed the drive from the PC for awhile and after uninstalling the drivers, booted up as WD had told me, only the drive shows up now as a CD playing drive, which of course, asks for a CD to be inserted before it will access it....
After disconnecting the WD Ext Hard Drive, it still shows up under My Computer and Disk Manager as the CD Drive. If I remove the drivers AND the Drive, when I boot, windows reloads the drivers as if new hardware was found without it being connected! I do not know how to uninstall this ghost of a drive. Please advise!!!
If the Drive is spinning, I believe the electronics are bad and am willing to purchase an identical drive (if I can find one) and swap the electronics, then see if I can access the data. Otherwise, recommendations for affordable data recovery or any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Please - Can any one help?
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Failure - recognized as CD Drive

HD damage fun. i dont know how many times i thought everything was f'd but it was something simple, do you have a image ghost saved ??? or unplug everything but you HD with OS on it and give that a go, cheers ps; im not guru by any means its just that your post has been up for a bit with no repley. iam waiting for a reply to a post too. have to wait for the right person to pop in,
 

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Help I deleted all the partitions on an external hard drive by accident. The drive spins up and is listed in the device manager but windows does not assign a drive letter. Is there anyway to reinstall the partition? Thanks
 

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:wave Welcome to Major Geeks! :major

Yes, To temporarily access the data so you can move it to another drive, or burn it to CDs/DVDs, you can use Partiton Find-n-Mount. It's easy to use, but I recommend changing the default drive letter it will assign (it usually uses drive A: or B: ) and use a higher letter like X: or Y:. To permanently 'undelete' the partition, you can create a bootable disc of BootIt Next Generation. Then boot to it, enter 'Maintenance Mode' by choosing to NOT install it to the hard drive, then select "Partition Work", then select the drive you want to repair, then select "Undelete" (I think it's called "Undelete"; I haven't used it in awhile). Then save the changes and exit the program and reboot to Windows, and the drive should be OK. You may want to use the first method with 'Partition Find-n-Mount' to back up the really important stuff first just in case the 2nd method using 'BootIt' doesn't work, or somehow makes things worse (which is basically impossible if you're careful, but you never know with PCs).
Good luck! Keep us posted!

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Greetings to the Group - While copying files from the pc to the external hd, the power went out. Since then, the pc won't recognize the USB external hd, even though the USB works other applications fine. And it doesn't make any difference which port I use for the external hd, the pc won't find it. I ran the diskmgmt.msc program and it doesn't find the hd either. All I get is the little icon by the clock to "safely remove hardware". When the hd is on, the system won't run other applications, like a brower, the RUN program, Control Panel etc. What happened and how can I fix this? All help is appreciated.

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Yesterday, I backed up everything on my computer because I was going to restore it and format the drive. So I transfered everything over to my Seagate 500gb hard drive.

Once I finished formatting and reinstalling windows, I installed all my neccessary chipset drivers, ect.. and connected my external hard drive but it wasn't recognized. It shows up as connected and the green light is on, but nothing in "my computer". I tried to set my external drive to a letter in disk management but it doesn't give me the option. Please someone help, I have tons of movies, music and school work on my drive and need it to be transfered over.

Here are some pics to understand the situation.

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Answer:My External Hard Drive Isn't Recognized

The drive has probably no drive letter. Try to assign one with (under Partition tab > Change Letter): http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-...n-manager.html

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Okay, so this is driving me crazy because ALL of my important files are on my external hard drive and I need some answers.

I recently recovered my computer (Acer Aspire, Windows Vista) because of viruses and like I always do, I unplugged my external hard drive and it was working fine before I recovered.

When I log back on afterwards, my computer says it recognized there was new hardware plugged in (makes the sound it does and even installed drivers) but when I tried to pulled up my hard drive in Computer, the driver letter didn't pop up. I tried plugging it into my roomate's computer and it did the same thing.

I tried going to Device Manager and there was nothing there to work with HOWEVER when I went to Computer Management > Disk Drives, it shows my hard drive there and says it's enabled. I don't understand what's going on but if I can't get my hard drive to work again, is there someway I can recovery my files because I need them!!!! Any help would be appreciated!
 

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Hi,

I have an Iomega external hard drive that has always worked in the past. Today I plugged it into my computer and nada. The computer doesn't acknowledge it all and it's not listed when I open up disk management. I tried a different USB cord and a different computer, but it still doesn't work. The little blue light is on on the hard drive, but it doesn't sound like it's running (none of the usual whirring sounds it would make). Any advice?
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognized

Hi, there are two possibilities here, either the hard drive has failed or the circuitry in the enclosure has develpoed a fault.

Remove the hard drive from the enclosure and (if you have access to one) hook it up to the internal connections of a dektop PC. Or, purchase a USB Hard Drive Adapter (about €10) from a computer store or eBay and then plug it into the USB connection on any computer and see if you can then access the drive.
 

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Hi all,

This is the issue:

It is a dell inspiron 500m, i'm trying to connect a new WD external drive250 (wd2500me) gb on it. but the external hard drive is not recognized by the pc. I tested it on another pc and it is working well, i also test the usb ports on the 500m and worked well with usb sticks.

i contacted dell and told me that the harddisk is not supported, i need to get another external or another motherboard ...ppfffff

aslo this external doesn't required drivers..
after trying several times i got a message that said something about low voltage or something..

anyone who can help me?
 

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EDIT::: Resolved some how...

I purchased an external hard drive enclosure and put a Western Digital hard drive in it. The hard drive was from another computer and I need the data on it, so formatting it is really not an option.


The external enclosure I bought said I needed to have it set to master to get the hard drive recognized. I did this but it did not work. I finally tested the hard drive with the jumper on every setting and finally got it to work with what I believe to be the cable select option.


The hard drive was finally recognized on the computer I cam currently typing on. Both computers in this story are Windows Vista.

I attempted to move the hard drive / install it on another laptop. When ever I move it to that computer it installed the drivers then it said Windows needed an update and to restart. I restarted it, and it said "Installing update 1 of 3" for a good hour before I finally held down the power button and forced it to shut off.

Upon restarting the computer it stalled out. I forced a shut down again and this time removed the hard drive and it started up fine.

When it came back on I plugged the hard drive in again. This time the "safely remove hardware" icon in the taskbar showed up, but when I go to "My Computer" there is no hard drive there.

I tried going to Admin tools > device manager and seeing if the volume/disk/partition was recognized there but it is not.

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I have a sata 500 GB hard drive from Seagate that just won't get recognized. I've been in Disk Management, I've scanned the disk, I've rebooted, and Disk 1 is there, but the message is it's offline--and after I did the reboot I got the message that the hard drive USB had been recognized--but it ain't there. Or at least I can't get into it. Rats!!!

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

btw I already have over a 100 GBs of back up on this hard drive.

Thanks,

xico
 

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Hello, Hopefully this is the right forum.

I have a 500GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0 External Hard Drive by SimpleTech. It is about 1 year old (I got it last year for Xmas). Last week on my toolbar I noticed the USB icon was flickering on and off, like the power was going in an out. Now it is not recognized at all. Power on, plugged in, and nothing. I click on "My Computer" and it doesnt show that it is there.

I have tried all the other USB ports and nothing. I brought it to my parents house and it worked.

I have Windows XP.

Not sure if anyone can help, let me know if you need anymore information. Thanks.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive not recognized?

Have you tried any other USB devices on the PC where the drive doesn't work? The symptoms are textbook descriptions of a failed USB controller.
 

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I have a WD 160 GB HDD, as storage for music. I'm using the USB as the means to transfer data between my comp and HDD. I have some other stuff that I wanted to plug into the slots, I have 2 USB ports. I double clicked the "Safely Remove Hardware Icon" in the bottom right. Double clicked the "USB Mass Storage Device" and then selected the USB device to remove or unplug. I had some music playing from the external HDD, and a warning popped up saying that it wasnt able to perform the action. I closed the program using the music and then it disconnected like normal.

Now when I plug it back in, the comp doesn't recognize the external HDD. Do I need to reinstall the driver or what?

UPDATE: I plugged it into my other computer and it recognized it just fine.

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Hi

I was just wondering if anyone can help me out. I have a Seagate 320gb external hard drive, which was working fine up until today when I accidently dropped it *slaps self*. As a result of it falling, the usb cable was pulled out rather roughly. It wasn't switched on when I dropped it, so I hoped it would be ok, but when I started it up and plugged it in to the computer the usb "device has malfunctioned" message came onscreen and that was it. Nothing happened. Now my computer won't recognise it at all when it is plugged in, despite the fact that the hard drive itself does seem to be working, green light on, powering up as normal, no weird noises or the like. I have tried using it on two different computers with different usb cables but nothing is happening. Anyone know if this can be fixed? If it can't, is there any possible way for me to get my files back? I have about 180 gb of stuff on the drive at the moment, including some important university work.

Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
 

Answer:External hard drive not recognized

That suggests the cable is damaged. Try another cable while we hope it isn't the usb port itself.
 

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I have a My Book Essential 1TB External. I'm on Windows 7 x64. After I updated I've been getting a lot of bugs and extreme lag. I would click on the drive in My Computer, enter my HD password and the drive would open up with all my folders, etc. But then when I wanted to drag folders from my External onto my PC hard drive it would freeze up and automatically quit? Windows would no longer show the External as attached to my computer. No matter how many times I click on the icon in the task bar for WD SmartWare, it will never come back up. I have to restart my PC everytime so I can renter the External. I then installed all WD software from the Control Panel, didn't change anything or help at all.

I have no clue what to do or what has happened, but my External HD is pretty much useless right now. I have very important files on there, I need to get access to this immediately.

Please help!
EDIT: Now my PC has trouble recognizing the External. I tried it on my Laptop also, it doesn't show anything. It shows up under disk management sometimes. For example it'll show up then simply disappear.

Finally after restarting my PC a bunch of times and switching USB ports back and forth, this CD DRIVE E: icon appeared for the WD UNLOCKER. Whenever I try and double click on it to open it up, the green bar appears to load as seen below, then the icon just disappears, it will not open anything.


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Answer:WD External Hard drive not recognized

Hello bal1985 and welcome to Seven Forums.

You say "after I updated" you began having issues. What exactly did you update and can you undo the update? If this doesn't help you might have some damaged or corrupt drivers for your external HD. You can check the Western Digital site for the latest drivers.

WD Support / Downloads / Select Product

Another possible problem is if the USB cord got switched out. Sometimes a longer cord causes a detection problem ( data and/or voltage is compromised.)

Also, something may have scrambled the assigned drive letter causing the drive not to be recognized. Try changing the drive letter.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

Please post back and let us know if anything helped solve the issue.

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Answer:External hard drive not recognized

Try it on a different computer.
 

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My husband just recently noticed that one of his hard drives was not being recognized by the computer. We've tried unplugging and replugging it from both the computer and the hard drive itself, turning the power on and off, restarting the computer, and testing it in my computer. I know it's still working as the computer makes the 'Ding' noise of something being connected, but then the drive doesn't show up in the 'Computer' folder. Unfortunately, he's not sure what make or model it is as there are no markings at all on the HD. Can anyone help? Thanks!
 

Answer:External Hard Drive not Recognized

Has it been bumped or dropped?

Does it appear in Device Manager or Disk Management?

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management

or go to Start > Run, and type:

diskmgmt.msc
 

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Have a Simple Tech 160gb external hard drive that I have used in the past without problem. Now when I plug it into any of my 3 windows xp pc's, the usb recognizes the drive and it shows up listed in Device Manager under drives, enabled and working properly, but does not show up under My Computer or under right click My Computer to Disk Management-- where I thought I would find it and simply give it a driver letter that may have been missing.... no such luck. What has happened.
 

Answer:USB external hard drive not recognized

The drive case may be malfunctioning. Remove the drive and attach it via USB or another case and see if it functions.
 

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I have a toshiba external 200G hard drive. It was used on a Dell computer which ran Windows XP. I now have a new computer which runs windows 7. However when i connect the external hard drive to the new computer i start to experience problems with the files on there.

So there are a number of directories, my pics for example. When I click on it you can see the pics on some of the sub folders when you view via icons. Some you cannot see the pic, just shows a generic shot. When you try and open the pics / jpegs you get an error saying image not found, check 'full pathname / file' exists. The same is true for all files, docs etc

I have been able to load the same pics and docs via a cd, so it is a problem with my new pc recognising the hard drive as opposed to a problem with the files

Any ideas ?

Answer:External Hard drive Not Recognized

  
Quote: Originally Posted by MarkBmouth


I have a toshiba external 200G hard drive. It was used on a Dell computer which ran Windows XP. I now have a new computer which runs windows 7. However when i connect the external hard drive to the new computer i start to experience problems with the files on there.

So there are a number of directories, my pics for example. When I click on it you can see the pics on some of the sub folders when you view via icons. Some you cannot see the pic, just shows a generic shot. When you try and open the pics / jpegs you get an error saying image not found, check 'full pathname / file' exists. The same is true for all files, docs etc

I have been able to load the same pics and docs via a cd, so it is a problem with my new pc recognising the hard drive as opposed to a problem with the files

Any ideas ?



In the tutorials section of this Forum... check out the various information on "Taking Ownership" of the files. If they were owned by the System account on the old machine you're likely to have problem accessing them.

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I bought a Seagate external hard drive 2tb and for the longest I was unable to get my PS3 to recognize it. I found out It had to be formatted to FAT32 but the hard drive was too big. So I had to partition it so I can format it in Fat32. U have to convert some GB to MB about 32000MB for 32GB. It worked!!!! Im not computer savvy at all, I got the directios and did it myself.... If I can do it, then U can do it too sucka!!!! LOL
 

Answer:2tb External hard drive not recognized by ps3

An easier way would be to use Swiss Knife program and format the 2tb hdd with a quick forma tin fat32 in under a minute . http://download.cnet.com/CompuApps-SwissKnife-V3/3000-2248_4-10070864.html
 

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One of my external hard drive have been used for a year. Several days ago, it suddenly can't be recognized. It showed in computer management as "not initialized". I plugged it into two of my computers. The result is the same. It seems it is not a ubs driver or cable problem. I tried the software "Recover my Files". After fast format recover, it found all my files. So, I think the problem is not big. But "Recover my Files" need to save the files to another hard drive. I don't have extra space for those files. I wonder if there is another way to let the external hard drive to be recognized. Thanks a lot.
 

Answer:external hard drive can't be recognized

First off, screwing around with the drive and "trying" to fix it may actually result in the loss of those files. If you can recover them now, I suggest you do that BEFORE you attempt any repairs. I'd at least recover the most important ones before any attempted repair.
 

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I have a Compaq Presario w/ AMD Athlon XP300+ processor @ 2.17 GHz, and 448 Mb RAM, running XP with all the updates. I bought a 160 Gb extrnal drive to back up some files. During an AVG system check, I discovered the hard way that my USB port, the one that the hard drive was plugged into, has an intermittent short, which resulted in a write error to the external drive. The 'safely remove hardware' was on. Now, I can't access the drive. The drive is getting power - the green light glows and the device hums. I have tried everything which has appeared on this site regarding Device Manager, etc., without success. I have plugged the drive into another computer - a Toshiba laptop - and it isn't recognized there, either. How can I get my drive, and the data stored thereon, back?

Thanks...
Roy
 

Answer:External hard drive not recognized

There may be other solutions/fixes but I have had one external that "died". I opened the case, removed the HD itself and installed it into a computer. The HD itself was still working, but apparently the electronics circuit board in the external case had died. I had to spend another few dollars to replace the external case.
 

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I have two Western Digital 300GB, USB3, external drives. Suddenly both are not recognized by Windows.
1) Neither appear as a drive in File Explorer

2) Device Manager reports that the "device is working properly", and the drivers are up to date. There is a message in Events that says "device not migrated"

3) Disk Manager shows the drive with the following information: no Drive Letter, Unknown, and not initialized. Right clicking shows the menu options however Initialize is greyed out and not available, clicking the Offline button results in message that says "device not ready"

I tried a third party program (AOMEI partition assistant standard) but it also could not initialize either of the drives.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks

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Hi, I got an used w530 that has a copy of Linux on it.  Needless to say,  I am a win 7 guy.  Right now, if I plug a exteral usb drive in, it is not recognized and have error 10 when I look in control panal>system.  I tried it with USB thumb drive, regular external hard drive, or even a SD card from a camera.  All of them have not problem with my w520. My usb mouse and headset is working.  I re-install the usb 3.0 driver from Lenovo with the same result.  Do I have to reformat my drive or is there somthing wrong?  This is somewhat urgent.  Thanks in advance!

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It is not working in safe mode either.  Needless to say!

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I am running Windows 7 on a Compaq laptop and have a Western Digital 1TB external hard drive that I have used successfully for about a year now. I tried to use it tonight and I can't see it in My Computer. However, the safely remove icon shows up and I can see the hard drive in devices and printers. I tried uninstalling the driver and reinstalling it and rebooting, and nothing. As a last resort, I used a Linux liveCD, and WAH-LAH!! Works like the day I bought it. I hate the thought of getting out a liveCD every time I want to use the hard drive and switching the OS isn't an option. What can I do to get it to work in Windows?
 

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I recently upgraded the hard drive in my PS3, and decided I would use the old drive (80gb) as an external drive for my laptop, which is running out of memory. I purchased a 2.5" SATA enclosure, and after plugging it up to my laptop, the light on the enclosure lit up, but nothing happened on the computer. After doing some research, I went to the Disk Management screen, but the drive wasn't even recognized there.

Does anyone have any idea why the drive isn't recognized, and if so, how to fix it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Sounds like it probably needs to be reformatted. Not sure what OS you're using but this may work:

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which I found here:
How to format your PS3 hard drive on a PC? - AfterDawn: Forums

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I have this Acomdata HD500UHE5-72 500 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive that I purchased less than a year ago (now that I checked the ratings this unit is at the bottom of the list). Suddenly my computer did not recognize the drive anymore. You can hear the USB sound looking for the device but cannot find it. Power turns on and I use Windows XP SP2.

I have tried opening from a different PC, replacing the USB cable and other tricks in the Computer Manager with no luck.

p.s. I lost my user name and password and had to sign up as a NFG again
 

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Finally bought new computers. took old xp sp3 hard drive and turned into external drive. plugged it in and it powered up. plugged into laptop with xp sp3 installed. got the two beep tones, said it recognized new hardware, installed drivers, said it was ready to go. went to my computer. nothing was listed. went to device mgr.,saw external hard drive listed as no problems,ran trouble shoot, came back as working.still not listed in my computer.clicked on safely remove hard ware. It was listed there. removed it and rebooted and tried again, with the same results.any ideas on what i might be doing wrong or what is missing. Thanks for any help, mrvince
 

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Today I was using my Sata external harddrive like i always do. It was plugged into my Macbook and I was editing something in final cut. I had to eat dinner so I ejected my drive like usual and closed my laptop. After dinner i plugged my external back in to continue editing the project and an error message popped up saying "This drive is not readable" or something similar. I plugged it into my XP system and i went to Disk utilities and the drive is recognized but it says its empty. How can that be possible? All i did was unplug the thing. When I try and click on hte drive it tells me I need to format it. I had about 140 G of files on there, is there anything I can do (if the drive needs to be formatted) to get those files off?

Thanks
 

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I have been trying all day trying to get my external hard drive to be recognized by WinXp but its not working and really beginning to annoy me.

I check the Device Manager and can see my Maxtor HD there, but when I click My Computer its not there.

Also when I click the USB controllers in device manager I can't see the USB Mass Storage, whereas I can see all the other USB devices.

Also when I click the Manage and then Disk Management I can only see my C Drive and no other drives.

When I plugged the USB cable in it said 'new hardware found' but thats all it says, I can't seem to get it to work. I have tried everything.

Hope somebody can help me.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive not recognized

See this Guide Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive

Let us know if you still need further assistance
 

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Hello all! Wishing, praying, hoping for some help.

Fist My Hardware:

HP Pavilion a1630n
Windows XP Home V.2002 SP3
AMD Athalon 64 X2 Dual Core 4600+
2.73 GHx, 1.93 GB of RAM

USB External Hard Drive:
Western Digital My Book 3.0 1TB

My issue:

I've bought the External Drive just over a month ago. I went to rip a DVD to a folder on the drive and noticed that the drive was not listed in my options. I then went into that drive to explore the contents and everything I'd had there previously did not show up. First instinct was to Restart Windows.
Restarted but during process it would continually get stuck on the blue HP setup screen (in the bottom right corner were options for thing similar to this Computer would not respond to any command (F10, F12 n whatnot).
Finally unplugged all USB devices and manually restarted computer and it booted up just fine. Plugged all USB devices, aside from the problem HD, and no problelm
Plugged problem drive back in and got the "USB Device Not Recognized" warning

I've also plugged this same external drive into my laptop (running Vista) and get the exact same warning message as well...

Just wanting to know if:
A: If I've lost all my data stored (bummer, lots of converted VHS tape files, still have the hard copies though)
B:If there's a chance my data is still on drive, what can I do to get it working again?

Thanks for any help! Holler back any further info I may need to provide.
 

Answer:USB external Hard drive Not Recognized

If the drive isn't recognized on multiple PC's, there is a hardware fault with the drive.

If it's under warranty, have it serviced or replaced.

It's possible the HDD itself is still good, but the enclosure is faulty. In which case, you can remove the drive from the enclosure and connect to the PC internally, via a USB adapter, or in another enclosure. Note: opening the enclosure will VOID your warranty.

Live and learn. You should have at least one backup copy of all data that you don't want to lose.
 

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I have an external Aluratek hard drive connected via USB 2.0 on an XP system. I cannot get windows to recognize the drive. The drive is NOT recognized in the Computer Management section. In the Device Manager it shows up under Disk Drives as "USB Device", and under the USB Controllers section as USB Mass Storage device....I know this because these two items disappear when I unplug the drive. I can hear the "bing" noise windows makes when I unplug or plug in the device, I see these line items under device manager, but I cannot see the drive in My Computer and can't access it. I also did the Fix.reg update and deleted all USB items from device manager and rebooted. Didn't work.

Any help at all would be appreciated.
 

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My external hard drive was fine up to today. I plugged it in this morning and it has not been recognized. The usb port is working and the hard drive does switch on because the light is comes on and it make a noise, it just doesn't show up.Any ideas please or is it finished?

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Can you see it in Disc management?Its possibe the file system on the drive is corrupted try to run chkdisk on the drive.

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OK... I had an accident the other day with my WD Passport 120 GB USB drive. I've had the drive for two years and it's never given me problems. Well, unfortunately, I dropped it accidentally at work and Windows is no longer recognizing it. All I really care about is being able to recover my files.

When I plug in the drive, it makes a series of whining sounds unlike any I've heard before (I'm accustomed to clicks, but not this buzzing whine). After a few moments, Windows recognizes a "USB Mass Storage Device", but does not AutoRun the drive and does not assign it a drive letter. The drive is powered up, as the blue light shines. I simply cannot access it.

The drive is not appearing in disk management, though "USB Device" does show up under device manager. After right clicking on USB Device, I choose properties. Under General, it indicates it as a disk drive with no manufacturer information at "Location 0". It states that the device is working properly. Under Volumes, all fields are blank. When I click "Populate", it states "Disk: Unknown, Type: Unknown, Status: Unreadable, Partition Style: Not Applicable, Capacity: 0 MB, Unallocated Space: 0 MB, Reserved Space: 0 MB". Clearly, there is a connectivity issue.

I've also run a chkdsk on the drive letter typically assigned to the drive with no results. I've plugged the drive into both my home and work desktops and my laptop with the same results. I&#... Read more

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Hi, i just have upgraded my hard drive from HDD to SSD, now when i have connected my old HDD to the USB port, my laptop couldn't able to read it at all. but my other portable drive is working perfectly fine.

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Hi, Your old HDD still has its "signature" therefore (a) you need to use other computer to copy/move files and re-initiate the old HDD.(b) if you don't need data/files from old HDD you can re-initate the old HDD. The following link shows you how to re-initiate HDD:    https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/4bd53fe3-2beb-432d-9d7b-52a50c607f8f/how-to-reinitialize-a... Regards.

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I have a brand new just out of the box Dell Inspiron 2200 running XP SP2. I just got it yesterday but have done all the windows updates and virus updates. The problem is my Maxtor external hard drive is being recognized!!! I get the message saying USB device is not recognixed, One of the USB devices one this computer is malfunctioning, windows does not recognize the device. I know it is NOT the hard drive as it works fine on 4 other machines all running XP SP 2. I can not understand this!! I have called Dell but they have NO idea what is causing the problem and act as they don't believe my drive even works!! By the way it has an external power supply and the USB cable that connects it to the computer. I would really really appreciate any help you can give me!!!!
 

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I've got an external hard drive that plugs into the computer via USB. When I plug it in, windows says "found new hardware" and "hardware is ready to use".

But when I open windows Explorer or "open" and try to access something on the drive, it does not show up. The whole drive does not show up.

If I open windows defragmenter, or Partition Expert, it does show this drive as Drive "L", capacity 57gb used 42gb. So it is seeing it. Why can't windows see it so that I can use it?

This drive is a regular internal IDE H/D which is mounted in an external case. Last time I used it (to copy a backup to) it was fine.

Bruce
 

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So every time I plug my external hard drive in it pops up with a message saying it is not recognized. This is followed by a message saying device driver not installed correctly.

I have tried uninstalling it from the Device Manager section and then plugging it in (this worked shortly after the first time I did it but has not worked again since). Also there is another section under the Device Manager heading called other devices that does lists Ethernet Controller, PCI Device, SM Bus Controller, USB Controller, all have the yellow exclamation mark next to them.

Windows has been unable to find any device driver update either when I try. Any suggestions? Sorry if this question isn't laid out well this is my first time on these forums. Thanks for your help!

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Welcome Mr Griffin

What is the make & model of the Ext HD ? Did it come with any install CD/DVD ? Have you checked the website of the mfg of the Ext HD for any updates ?

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Greetings to the Group - While copying files from the pc to the external hd, the power went out.  Since then, the pc won't recognize the USB external hd, even though the USB works other applications fine.  And it doesn't make any difference which port I use for the external hd, the pc won't find it.  I ran the diskmgmt.msc program and it doesn't find the hd either.  All I get is the little icon by the clock to "safely remove hardware".  When the hd is on, the system won't run other applications, like a brower, the RUN program, Control Panel etc.  What happened and how can I fix this?  All help is appreciated.Frog

Answer:USB External hard drive not recognized

When this happens, it is the same as just "pulling the plug" rather than proper shutting down of the external drive.Try the drive on another computer and see if can be accessed and then post back with your findings.

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Hello, I have a Seagate 2TB Free Agent GoFlex Desk external hard drive. I had this drive for only about 4 months & while carrying it, I slipped & the drive fell about 2 feet. I now get only intermittent beeping when I try to hook it up & the computer does not recognize the drive, except only once under device manager as a generic usb volume. I had started the process of backing it up last night, but simply decided to go to bed after getting some of it done. I have tried most of the basic steps, but thus far have not been able to get any success accessing my files.
1. Tried re-starting the computer & drive, no success.
2. Tried removing the hard drive from the encasing & hooking it up with a SATA to USB cable, no success.
3. Tried hooking it up internally to a desktop computer, no success.
4. Tried any number of software tools (including seatools & PC file inspector recovery) no success.

I find myself wondering if my data is truly irretrievable. I would be most grateful if anyone can help. Oh, & I did try looking for the solution in any number of thread posts on many forums, still no success.
 

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Well it wasn't an SSD, so it's probably broke after a two foot drop....There are businesses who specialize in Data retrieval and it's not cheap...How much is your Data worth to you?
 

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I bought about 3 weeks in maplin an external hard drive (Seagate/ 1,5 terabytes) and now suddenly it doesn't open. When I try I get a message :The drive is unavailable. Make sure is inserted correctly. there is an (?0 on the icon in the desktop.On device manager apparently is o.k.....Any idea what it could be/. I have thousands of photos there and about 20 films and I wouldn't want to lose them. I use XP.

Answer:External hard drive not recognized.

I had a similar problem with a USB HD that had a small drop on to a carpeted floor. I hope yours has not had a knock.Bought a new one.

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I get the following error when I plug in my external hard drive.
If I click on the bubble, then
When I double click on Unknown Device, then

I have been using this external hard drive for years and not once has it required any extra software. It does not have a power cord but only connects with USB.
It is not showing up in Disk Management or Device Management (except for the Unknown Device under USB Controllers). However it has its blue light on and the drive makes its usual working noises when I plug it in. So its not dead I'm sure. How do I get it on My Computer?
 

Answer:External Hard Drive is not recognized

Can you try it on another USB port, ideally one on the back of the PC (ie. not a USB hub and not a port on the front of the case)

Also can you try it on another machine?
 

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As the title suggest my external Seagate hard drive is no longer being recognized by my system. The information on this is absolutely critical to me- I am a DJ and Producer and this particular drive contains all of my song stems, acapellas, instrumentals, sample kits, and also backups of every program I use (as well as my OS backup).

I just recently moved into a new apartment and my drive worked fine before the move 2 days ago. I do not think I bumped it or damaged it (seeing as how I always put them in safe places on the go) and it is now no longer working.

Here is what I can tell you so far:

The device has been connected to 4 usb ports and works on none.

The device has been connected to my secondary OS (watered down live
performance side) on my cpu- a whole different OS but same hardware.

The device has been connected to a 2nd computer

My other 2 drives in addition to all of my DJ usb equipment work well.

All devices have been power cycled, rebooted, etc etc

The device is recognized under Disk Manager as "disk 1" and when I try to change properties I cannot. I try to "initiialize" the drive and get "data error- cyclic redundancy check"

There is no famous "clicking noise"

I have taken apart the case and cleaned the contacts on the HD's board with an eraser (to no avail).

The device has been connected to a powered Multi-TT usb hub and does not work (though my other HD's do). Note: I notice that under normal circumstances a... Read more

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Have you plugged the device into a USB port and not the hub? Also, check disk management again, look at the bottom portion of the page and see if it is there. It may have just lost its drive letter.

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Hello People's,
I saved the Hard Drive from my old laptop...bought an external hard drive...
hooked everything up correctly...can hear the enclosure running...light is on...
but my PC [running Windows XP] does nothing!
No pop up windows or anything.
I am a real layman at this stuff, so can someone explain to me in simple terms what to do to get this thing up and running.
Thank You.
 

Answer:External hard drive not recognized

Run a diagnostics on the drive.

or

Use a desktop and connect the drive directly to your motherboard using IDE or using S-ATA.
Sometimes, failing drives will now show up via a USB connection. Alternatively, check to see if the drive is seen on another OS such as Linux or Mac.
 

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Hi,
I have a WD Passport external hard drive that was working fine, but suddenly it's not being recognized by Windows. But the light is on and it seems to be spinning. When I saw that it didn't appear in My Computer, I pulled the USB plug out.. oops, did I damage it?

I rebooted my computer and plugged it back in, still not being recognized. So I'm waiting to find out how to safely disconnect it, and whether it's still okay.

I have another one of these drives, and that one is working fine. Can I swap the USB cable to see if that's the problem?

Thanks,
Karen
 

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Hi Karen,

Odds are that you didn't damage it when you pulled the plugs. At worst you could have data corruption if you pull the plugs while the drive is reading or writing. Swapping the cables from the known working drive is a good idea and a place to start. Do you have another computer that you could hook the drive to maybe? Is the drive still under warranty?
 

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any suggestions if my external is not coming up in windows xp sp2? Its a western digital 500 gb. I have extremely important data on there that I cant lose!!
 

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Does the drive appear in Device Manager or Disk Management?

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.
 

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2, x86 Family 15 Model 72 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1982 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 87196 MB, Free - 59738 MB; D: Total - 8181 MB,
Motherboard: Wistron, 30B5

Hi everyone,
OK so i was running Vista on this computer and everything was starting to run extremely slow, IE and safari would hang and the only way to fix that was to close all programs and start again.
I'd done numerous amount of scans using AVG, Spybot, Adaware, i'd done Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragment programs, the last i tried was chkdsk. i left it go overnight. the next morning Windows would not boot up at all, it got to the black screen with the arrow in the centre and that was it. i also left it on that overnight (i read that after chkdsk windows may take some time to boot) to find the next morning still on that same screen.
I do leave the laptop on pretty much 24/7 as were always using it,

I replaced the drive and installed a fresh copy of XP to get me going and purchased an external hard drive housing to try and recover the data off the Vista drive. when i plug it in the drive does the installing drivers part then when i go to my computer, its not there. I've also looked in Device manager and its not there (except when i unplug it, it flashes for a second then disappears) it doesn't show in disk management either,

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Hi I am totally new to this but figure my blonde brain will be able to fix the problem if it is possible. I have an HP notebook dv 9700 PC, however the problem lies with my external hard drive, Being blonde... I dropped it on a hard floor and my computer will no longer detect it. I'm sure this question has been posted many times and sorry to bring it up again, but I have been reading through so many posts on so many sites and have found nothing that seems to work for me. Any suggestions? Thank you so much-Kirah
 

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I have a Seagate 100GB external hard drive that was working fine. It was NOT connected to the USB and took a fall of about 2-3 ft. Now, the blue light still comes on but the computer does not recognize it. I have tried it on three different computers (Windows XP and Media Editions). The device manager does not see it either. There is a very, very faint buzz that comes from the drive but no rattling. I wouldn't have noticed the buzz had I not put it right up to my ear. There are about 300 edited pictures I want to get from it and that is all. (I was taking the drive to my computer to make a DVD when it fell!) HELP PLEASE!!!
 

Answer:External hard drive not recognized

Since it didn't work on three computers, the problem is obviously with the drive especially given the fact it hit the ground. I've read some posts here about putting a drive in the freezer as a possible method of reviving a dead drive, but I've never tried it. Most likely you'll have to send it off for professional data recovery.
 

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Hello, I have a Maxtor Diamondmax 10 hard drive that is in a case to make it external, i have been using it for 4 years but recently it stopped working. Windows does not recognize it. It is connected with USB. Doesn't show up in My computer or in Device Manager or in TweakUI. The strange thing is there are two letters for DVD drives listed on My Computer but i only have one (don't know if that is a hint). I've tried changing the USB ports, changing cables, turning off and on, the power supply seems to work as the led lights are on. I'm stuck... maybe it's the case that the HD is in ? can i install it internally to see if that works ? i never did that before  Please any advise is greatly appreciated as i have ALL my music and personal files on the HD and really need to recover the data. thank you ..Windows XP Proversion 2002Sevice Pack 2Pentium 42.41 GHz

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This thread of mine is only similar to a degree but - just could be you might find some ideas within it.http://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php?topic=60714

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I have a Seagate Free Agent and suddenly I can't access it. When I plug it into the usb port I get a message that says:

A device in the USB Port has malfunctioned windows does not recognize it.

I need to find some way of getting the data off of it.

I have several laptops, but the one I am using is a Dell Inspiron 1525 with Vista OS.

Please let me know what I can try.
 

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I had an external hard drive that was working fine for about two months, then suddenly stopped working. The power light still turns on when it's plugged in, but it isn't recognized by disk management or anything. I tried it on a friend's computer and got the same result.

What are the odds of it being fixed if I send it in for repairs, and how much would that cost me? Failing that, is there any way to retrieve the stored data?

Answer:External hard drive not being recognized

Want to add a bit to this. When I plug the hard drive into the USB port, and only later power it on, the computer makes the "ba-dum" sound it makes when recognizes a new device, but the drive still doesn't show up anywhere.

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I have a "Fantom Drives-Green Drive" external hard drive I'm trying to install.The green power light is on and the hard drive is running. The computer does the double-beep when the hard drive power is turned on. But when I open the computer window, it does not show up under removable storage devices. The hard drive worked with another computer. I have a Dell Inspiron w/Vista Home Premium. I need an answer a neophyte operator can understand. Thank you, Vespa

Answer:external hard drive not recognized

Right click on Computer, Choose manage, then click on disk management with it plugged in and see if it is showing up there. Or post a listing of what is showing up.

It may be showing up with no drive letter. If so do not format and do not initialize to avoid data loss. Report back.

Roger

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Hello-
I recently re-imaged my laptop (WIN XP home) and am now having problems getting my Maxtor external drive to be recognized. I am using a USB 2.0 adapter PCI card (made by ST Labs / NEC). The card is recognized in the "hardware wizard", however, when I plug the hard drive into the card, and turn it on, nothing happens. I have downloaded and installed whatever drivers I THINK I need for BOTH the drive and the card. I DO have XP service Pack 2 installed, but I'm not sure if this is the issue.

Can someone please offer some suggestions?
 

Answer:Cannot get USB 2.0 External Hard Drive to be Recognized...

Removable flag?

You should not have needed any special drivers for a USB 2.0 device under Win XP. My recent USB drive was also "missing in action" after being attached. The installation manual neglected to mention one small detail: To make sure the drive is flagged as "removable".

Open your Windows device manager to see if the drive shows up under "disk drives". If so, examine the properties for the USB drive and see if you have a "removable" check box. A USB external drive should have a check in this box. Reboot and see what happens.
 

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I have a WD 1.5 TB external hard drive that is about 6 months old, and it suddenly is not working on either of my computers. One computer is Vista, and the other is XP. The ext hard drive shows up in device manager, and it says it is working properly, but it no longer shows up in My Computer so I cannot access it. I tried to assign a drive letter to it by right clicking (as was suggested in another forum) but this will not work as the only option given when I right click is "help."

Anyone have any suggestions for me? Please?
 

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I have been trying all day trying to get my external hard drive to be recognized by WinXp but its not working and really beginning to annoy me.

I check the Device Manager and can see my Maxtor HD there, but when I click My Computer its not there.

Also when I click the USB controllers in device manager I can't see the USB Mass Storage, whereas I can see all the other USB devices.

Also when I click the Manage and then Disk Management I can only see my C Drive and no other drives.

When I plugged the USB cable in it said 'new hardware found' but thats all it says, I can't seem to get it to work. I have tried everything.

Hope somebody can help me.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive not recognized

Have you tried one of the other usb ports ?
 

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I just hooked up a second external drive (simpletech). When I first turned it on it worked great. Now, whenever I boot up, my system doesn't find the new drive F). If I turn the drive off then back on my system finds it. Any idea what's going on here? My 1st external drive has never done this. Running XP Pro. Thanks for any assistance.
John
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognized

Forgot to mention it's on a USB 2.0 connection.
 

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i tried converting my external har drive from fat32 to NTFS using : Type Convert Drive letter : /FS:NTFS so I entered "convert G: /FS:NTFS"

at the end it said data error cyclic redundancy check
after this my computer stopped responding and i had to do a hard restart.
after this the hard drive was not being recognised at all,not in device manager also.

the hard drive does have power and the light goes on,it also makes the sound when it is being read.

please assist
 

Answer:External hard drive not being recognized

Only suggestion I can think of is to go into Device Manager and uninstall the Mass Storage Device under Universal Serial Bus controllers. If it does not show up you may have to show Hidden Devices and see if you can then.

Let it reinstall the drivers for it and hopefully it'll be recognized.
 

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Hi, I have just tried to format my 80GB External Hard Drive to FAT32 as I wanted to use it on a Sony Blu-Ray player, I did this on a Windows Vista Laptop. About an hour after I started fomatting it I got an error message saying that the "Volume is too large for FAT32"

Edit: Thought it would be prudent to add that I attempted to format it using the cmd program.

So I plugged the hard drive into my Windows 7 computer however now my computer cant even recognise the hardware as an external hard drive. It thinks that it is a CD Player of some kind. This means that I cannot simply format it back. And I have my suspicions that I managed to delete the format that was already on the Drive (NTFS)

Can anyone help? I am really struggling here.
 

Answer:External hard drive not recognized

When attempting to format a FAT32 partition larger than 32 GB, the format fails near the end of the process with the error you received.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938432.aspx

Either Partition the drive 32GB FAT and the rest leave non-partitioned or you could do 32GB FAT x2
 

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Recently re-formatted the computer due to virus issues..all updates installed...computer does not recognize our Simple Tech 320 GB external hard drive that was recognized before..lots of pics on it!! WHen you go in "My COmputer" it does not exist when it is plugged into the USB ports..any suggestions or is all hope lost??
 

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Got my I tunes transferred ok, Now I am trying to do my documents,photos,music etc.doing the transfer wizard way, I have got them onto my old WD external drive but my new computer wont recognized it when I plug it in.Did try with the network transfer first, but the option to select network transfer is greyed out, so thought would try external no success.Will I have to get new external drive that will work with Windows 7.Thanks againMerc

Answer:External hard drive not recognized

Which version of W7 are you running 32 or 64bit.

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Hi,

My Acer netbook has developed some kind of fault and I am unsure as to what I ought to do,

The netbook does boot to BIOS and also will boot up from an external drive...but will not boot normally.

I am thinking of replacing the hard drive but don`t know if there could be something else wrong...it says sometimes that it can`t read it and from this I am not sure if there is something else wrong...if I change the drive does it sound as though things will work ?

I realise that there`s not much to go on here but would appreciate a point of view...there are also a couple of other intermittent faults such as certain letters and numbers not working and then everything is fine for a while...but this hard drive thing has be wondering if it is time to get a new device !

Hope you may be able to help or give some advice,

Many thanks in advance,

Steve

Answer:Boot to BIOS and boots from external disc but not from Hard drive

Hello Steve and welcome to Seven Forums.

It's possible that something may have damaged or corrupted the boot info contained on the hard drive. One of the Forum experts prepared this troubleshooting guide for failure to start issues. It's time consuming but has helped many solve startup problems.

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

Another possibility is that your Acer has a hidden recovery partition. If it does, another option could be to restore your computer to factory specs. It would erase everything on the hard drive and make your machine exactly like it was the day you brought it home from the store. It's called the eRecovery Management Program.

Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - How do I restore my computer using the eRecovery Management program?

Please post back if anything helped or not, or if you have any other questions..

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Vista External USB hard drive not recognized But no problem in XP???
I have a 2TB Hitachi USB device that has no problem on my XP Laptop but I can not see the device in Vista Ultimate (32bit)
Just installed http://zentimo.com external usb manager on both machines.
On the vista machine it tells me "Hitachi HDS722020ALA330 USB Device" but status says the drive without media".
I unplug from Vista and plug to XP and have No problem seeing and using????

Here is what zentimo tells me on the Vista side.
Internal_UserDeviceNameWithDriveLetters: Hitachi HDS722020ALA330 USB Device
Sys_DevicePnPName: USB\VID_4971&PID_CE17\D20101104F63
Sys_FriendlyName: Hitachi HDS722020ALA330 USB Device
Sys_DeviceDescription: USB Mass Storage Device
Sys_LocationInformation:
Sys_DeviceInstance: 7808
Sys_HardwareID:
Sys_DriveLetter:
Sys_VolumeLabel:
Sys_ulProblemNumber: 0
Sys_DeviceClassGuid: {36fc9e60-c465-11cf-8056-444553540000}
Sys_BusType: BusTypeUsb
Internal_DontShowThisDevice: False
Internal_IgnoreStopAllCommand: False
Internal_ImageName: Flash drive (blue)
Internal_UserDeviceName: Hitachi HDS722020ALA330 USB Device
Internal_IsCardReader: False
Internal_IsProbablyFixedDrive: False
Internal_DeviceIsDisabled: False
Internal_DeviceIsSafelyRemoved: False
Internal_DeviceWasDisabledByProgram: False
Sys_VolumesList:
#UniqueVolume number 1
VolumeName: \\?\Volume{2b6c8de9-c3f2-11df-a60f-0019213fa37d}\
VolumeMountPoints:
VolumeInformation: VolumeLabel =
VolumeSerialNo =
MaxComponen... Read more

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I bought a new external hard disk box, and put my old hard disk in it. The old hard disk was formatted with a c: and d: drive, but my soft and windows only recognizes the c: drive, the other d: drive is ignored. Weird. Any suggestions?
 

Answer:External hard disk, only c: drive recognized

Even disk management ( if you're using XP ) doesn't "see" it?
 

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I have a Buslink model FW60 72E but when I connect it to my computer it is not detected. I can't get it to recognize it at all. My computer is a 64 bit desktop with a quad core Intel i7. It has Windows 7 OS. Any ideas?
 

Answer:Buslink external hard drive not recognized.

It may just need to a drive-letter assigning to it:

Make sure it's connected to PC & power supply.
Control Panel > Admin Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management
In the bottom-right panel, find the ribbon which relates to the Buslink drive (no drive letter, and it may say "Raw").
Right-click that ribbon & choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths"
Click "New"
Choose a letter.
Click OK
 

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Greetings,

I have a USB 2.0 Notebook enclosure that I have been using. It worked great with this old 10 gig hard drive I was using. I purchased a new 40 Gig drive and I cannot get it to be recognized in "My Computer" It shows up in device manager as soon as it's plugged in. I also get the balloon pop up saying it's installed and ready to use. Is there something I have to do to make it recognizable.

Thanks
Smitty
 

Answer:Solved: Cannot get USB 2.0 External Hard Drive to be Recognized

Yes, Partition and Format it.

Right Click on My Computer and Select Manage. Then select Disk Management and you shoudl see the new drive. Right click on the name of the drive and Initialize it. Then right click anywhere on the drive space and choose to Partition it. You'll also be given the option to format it and assign a drive letter.
 

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Hi i'm new for this.......
and i got problem with my brothers WD external hard drive, it's not recognized in my computer, my brother says "it lost the drive letter or may be some files broken" he had some knowledge about that but we can't fix that one. does any body know about that then help out of this problem.

Answer:WD external hard drive not recognized on system

  
Quote: Originally Posted by shivaadepu


Hi i'm new for this.......
and i got problem with my brothers WD external hard drive, it's not recognized in my computer, my brother says "it lost the drive letter or may be some files broken" he had some knowledge about that but we can't fix that one. does any body know about that then help out of this problem.



Hi And welcome to the Forum.
Why does your brother say "it lost the drive letter or may be some files broken"
Does it not get recognised on his PC?

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I had a 2TB external hard drive connected to my computer.  The external hard drive is a Fantom Green Drive.  The computer it was connected to was my MSI GT660R-004.  It has 2 500GB drives and a core i7, my operating system is windows 7.  On the computer are 2 video games a couple movies 2 music albums and photoshop elements 7 along with 7-zip.Previously I had the hard drive connected to my Vaio vgn-nw350f it also has windows 7.I had information on a 500 gb hard drive previously but wanted something bigger, so I moved all the information to my Fantom drive.  When I got the MSI I wanted to put the files on there as well so I would have it on my computer and the external hard drive would be a back up.  The information was no long on the 500 GB hard drive as I gave it to my husband.As I was copying stuff to the MSI the computer suddenly said the device was no longer connected.  I checked all the cords, power cord was fine the drive was powered up and I could still here it spinning.  So I checked the usb cord, it seemed fine but I tried a different one just in case, the computer didn't recognize the drive at all.  I tried a different usb port and still nothing.  I connected it to my vaio to see if there was a problem with the MSI.  The vaio said there was a usb device connected but didn't seem to recognize what it was.  There was nothing showing for the drive under My Computer.I decided to power down the drive w... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive suddenly not being recognized.

Sorry I can not help you. This kind of problem is more common than people realize. There is, as far as I know, not exact embracing answer.Do not format the drive. Under some conditions the drive will be accessible again. The USB interface is not stable for large drives. Perhaps the information can be recovered by just trying another computer.On suggestion. Leave the computer and the external drive off-power for a few hours. Then power the external drive first, then power the computer. Wait a about 5 min to see if the computer now can recognize the external drive correctly.

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Hi. I have an external hard drive from WD (MyBook 3.0 1 TB) that has been working (almost) perfectly since I got it, approximately half a year ago. The only problem was that the usb connector seemed quite loose and I sometimes needed to reconnect it for the hard drive to work. Now, for some reason, a few days ago, I had to reconnect it on the hard drive's end and I had to force it a bit. Even after that, everything worked. Then, a day or two later, I see a message from windows telling me "I could get more speed if I connected the drive to a USB 3.0 port" (or something like that)(btw, it was connected in a USB 3.0 port). Since then, I haven't been able to get the hard drive to be recognized by Windows for more than 5 or 10 seconds. I have succeeded by pressing on the hard drive's connector but now it just seems like the port is completely loose inside the external hard drive (which means that I basically can't seem to get the cable completely plugged in the port). Also, after a few tries at reconnecting it, the computer started to shut down every time I connect the hard drive to the computer.

I have tried connecting it to other usb ports, although not on a different computer. I don't have access to another computer right now but I will try it as soon as I can.

My laptop is an Asus N61JQ-X1 and my OS is Windows 7 64 bit.

Thanks in advance for your help
 

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Hi all,

I recently purchased a Adaptec USB 2.0 drive enclosure, and popped in a Western Digital drive. Problem is that the PC does not mount the drive. The 'Safely remove device' icon comes up, but XP Pro won't stop the drive so it can be unplugged. I tried this in my backup unit with Win98SE , installed the drivers there before plugging in the machine (these drivers were not installed in XP, as it's supposed to automatically recognize it), and essentially get the same problem. The hard drive is already partitioned and formatted, and if I install it in a PC, the drive otherwise works perfectly. According to manufacturer's directions, it supposedly needs to be done again. It shouldn't.

My old USB 1.1 external drive that I had used drivers for xp and 98, worked fine before I broke it. I am totally at a loss as to why the hard drive is not recognized in XP or 98SE.

Sincerely,
Mike T.
 

Answer:Solved: External USB hard drive not recognized

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  it keeps telling me its been migrated to ini files,so i imported I i downloaded wizsards,i tried reformateing,went to manuf.,web page downloaded everything they offered but cant get drivers to redownload

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western digital ptb my book external hard drive purchased 4/11 is no longer recognized by windows xp
(dimenson c521-service pack 3).

contents [that matter most are around 60gb of audio files] appear to be intact. using the same usb cable contents were recognized by windows 7 and select files in different batches copied from external to 7 c drive.

the only sign of an xp problem was 5 days of low virtual memory messages. at that point xp local disk free space was approximately 15%.
 

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I am in exactly the same situation and have a Verbatim 1TB External hard drive (matte black, one touch button). My trouble started when I simply plugged in the hard drive to the USB port and it said "USB not recognised" and this has happen a few times, thinking nothing of it, I tried all other remaining ports. The green light on the device is on and it starts up and you can hear the drive working. I have changed the cable and nothing happens either. I have 600GB of data i need to get back. It comes up with UNKNOWN DEVICE
I'm not sure what to do other than call Verbatim and see if there is an answer.
This is my 3rd external hard drive and they only last a year or so. i need an answer to this problem too.

I have looked for all the device drivers and non are available, I have reinstalled the USB ports in device manager that doesn't work, I have looked inot services for PLUG AND PLAY to see if that was disabled but its working fine. My friend plugged in his portable device and his worked straight aways, so there is defiantly something wrong with the way the connectors are on my device.

If anyone can help me out there I am pulling what little hair is left out

Cheers

Stephen
 

Answer:Verbatim External Hard Drive - Not recognized

I have 500 GB Verbatim Hard Drive. On the back it has a reset button. After resetting, it showed up in Computer.:-D
 

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Have just purchased Satellite C50 D but cannot get it to read or recognise my LaCie hard drive.
As this has all the data from my previous computer it is rather important. Can anyone provide help and guidance as to how to a) read the drive or b) transfer all the data onto the laptop memory

Many thanks
A:-)

Answer:Satellite C50-D - External Hard Drive is not recognized

Have you tried to connect and test your external HDD with all USB ports?
Data transfer is not the problem if the hard drive is recognized properly.

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Hello,

Recently, my computer has stopped recognizing my western digital drive. The strange thing is, my PS3 reads it just fine, to the point where I can play movies and what not off of it just fine.

When I plug it in, the lights on the drive light up, and I can hear/feel it working, yet under 'my computer', there's nothing.

I also tried it in another computer, and again, it didn't show up.

Advice?

Thanks!
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) II Ultra Dual-Core Mobile M600, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3836 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD M880G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200, 320 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 460935 MB, Free - 70504 MB; D: Total - 15699 MB, Free - 2528 MB;
Motherboard: Quanta, 3638
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Hello,
Almost a year ago I purchased an Ironkey H80 1 TB external hard drive for my laptop because I was getting very low on space and my computer had become extremely sluggish and slow. I followed the instructions to the letter and implemented my username and password. All was well, I used it from time to time without any incidents or problems. Until yesterday when I plugged it in and clicked on the access folder and instead of being able to input my information in order to unlock the device and gain access to my stored files, I received the following message instead: "The image on this device does not contain a proper end user license agreement. Please halt usage of this product and contact your administrator to fix the image and apply it to your device." I contacted both Ironkey tech support and spoke to a rep, who sent me a link which referred me to Microsoft. After over 3 hours of trying their step by step instructions and the 2nd accidental call disconnect, I was no closer to getting this is... Read more

Answer:My external hard drive is no longer recognized.

Hi Welcome to TSG Forums,

Is your computer connected to a network domain? Have you also tried to plug the external drive to a different computer?
 

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Hi there,

I have a Verbatim 300GB External Hard Drive that I use for storing films, pics, music etc. I have had it for nearly 6 months with no trouble at all. Last night it was working fine but today I tried to plug it in through the USB and my laptop does not seem to recognize it.

When I plug it in I get the sound effect that USB device has been hooked up but it does not show up under "my computer". The device lights up however and seems to be running normally.

I plugged another small USB storage device into the same port and it works fine so no trouble with that particular USB port. I also tried to connect the external hard drive using a different USB cable but still no luck.

I have re-started my computer both with the device connected and without several times and still doesnt recognize it. It does not show up under device manager either. I havn't had a chance to try to plug it into another computer yet but will try that asap. I have a feeling however that the external hard drive itself is ok and its something else but not sure what.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!! Im not a computer expert and im using a laptop thats actually in Czech language which I speak but not so well in computer terminology. I use this thing everyday and have quite a few important files on there so getting a little desperate at this point. I hope someone out there can help!
 

Answer:Verbatim External Hard Drive - Not recognized

I was wondering if you had found a solution. The same thing happened to me with the same hard drive yesterday and i've a ton of stuff on there i need.
thanks
 

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Hi,

I am having an issue pulling up info on my hard drive. It opens on my friends computer but not on mine. I opened up Disk Management and read a few options on changing the letter for the Hard Drive but it wont allow me to do that.
Please let me know any possible solutions

Best,
Sam

Answer:External Hard Drive Recognized But Won't open

We need more information.
Do you see your External HDD in File Explorer? Or This PC?
What happens when you click on the drive letter? What is the error message?
In Disk Management, does it say your drives file system is Unallocated Space? or does it say the Disk # (ie) Disk1, Disk2 etc, does it say it is Not Initialized?
Attach the drive on your friends computer. Press the Windows key+X choose Command Prompt (Admin)
Here type the drive letter of the External Drive (ie) G: and press enter (ie) G:\> At this prompt type chkdsk /R and press enter. Now type a Y for Yes to Unmount the drive. Check Disk will start and go through 5 stages and take a while.

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I have an 80 gig external hard drive (simpletech) that is not eing recognized by My Computer. I recently got this new laptop and all my old songs from my other comp. are on this disk, so it is important to keep the files, and not format. My device manager shows an Unknown Device but i cannot figure out what to do. I have also gone through the my computer 'manage' key, and it shows an unlabeled drive, but i am unable to rename or edit the drive. please help.

thanks
 

Answer:External hard drive not recognized by My Computer

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Hi, my laptop is no longer recognising my external hard drive. Only happened today. Acer laptop, seagate 1TB hard drive(external power source). When plugged in, the HD acts like it has been recognised and begins to boot up as it were(green light comes on it front, spinning sound). But the computer does not acknowledge it. Not in my computer, device manager, or disk management. The HD is also no longer recognised on anything else either, be it media player or xbox360. I don't know what my laptop has done it to stop it working/recognising it, would love some help as i have lots of work and pictures etc on it.

Fingers Crossed

WW

Answer:External Hard Drive no longer recognized

Do you hear any unusual noises from the external when it is spinning up? If nothing else recognizes it, the problem may not be with your laptop. Have you heard any clicking noises from the external?

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Recently I restored my computer to the factory default, because of software hangups, and not being able to remove games that I had bought, loaded, etc. Vista would not allow some games to be removed. So, I decided to reload the computer as it came from the factory. PRIOR to, I did a backup of all my pictures on a WD 1200 bb external hard drive. The drive worked great and the pictures were there. Then I deleted them from my computer hard drive along with a lot of other old files. Now, restored, the computer recognizes the external drive in CMOS and in the device manager and shows it to be working properly and has the latest driver. But when going into Computer, the drive is not shown. It shows my hard drive, C & D, (1 hard drive but shown as C & D and the card reader drives (removable)and the DVD drive, but no external drive. In disk Management, the drive is shown as Disk 1, basic, and online but when right clicking on it the little window does not give me the right to change drive letter or path. No matter what I do, I cannot access this external drive. The disk shows power is on and it seems to be spinning. Anyone's help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Answer:external hard drive not recognized in Vista

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I have a WD external HD that I have used for several years as a backup drive. It's a WD3200. It recently disappeared from my list of available drives. I checked in on several computers with the same result. I cannot see it listed among the drives in my computer or explorer, but I can see it listed in the devices. When I plug it in, I can hear the drive wind up and then slow down. The computer chimes repeatedly, acting as if it is recognized over and over. I checked it under Disk Management and each time the computer gives the chime, it briefly shows up as a listed drive then disappears so fast that I cannot read the info on it. Suggestions?
 

Answer:WD External Hard Drive No longer Recognized

I would extract the drive from the enclosure and connect it internally directly to a desktop machine and see if it is recognized and works. If the drive works connected internally to a desktop machine then the problem is most likely a problem with the enclosure interface adapter.
 

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Hello All,

I have an external 1.5 TB harddrive that windows will not recognize. Disk Management sees the drive but I cant access it through My Computer.

I have photos that I would like to keep on this drive so any help to retain this would be appreciated.

Under disk management the only option that I see on the drive is to format...

Thanks,

Ryan
 

Answer:External Hard drive not recognized in Windows 7

You may want to format it if there is nothing on the external drive already.
 

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I have a Fantom Green Drive II, 1TB eSATA/USB as one of my back up drives. I purchased a SATA to eSATA plug for the back of the computer but the drive is not recognized when I connect it up with the eSATA cable. Once I pluged in the USB cable it was regognized and working. Is there something I have to do for it to be working as eSATA, the bus speed is 1500Mbits/sec vs 480Mbits/sec for USB.

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognized in eSATA

Sometimes the eSATA port has to be enabled in BIOS. And some eSATA ports require that the drive be attached and powered on when booting the system. This is particularly true if you aren't running your hard drives in AHCI mode.

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