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i/o magic 250gb external drive - not being detected

Question: i/o magic 250gb external drive - not being detected

pls. help. my dell dimension 8200 desktop is not detecting i/o magic 250gb external drive. i plug it in to the USB and nothing happens. the device is on, my USB is working with other devices. but when i plug in the external drive nothing happens.

i've tried to get help from the manufacturer but everything that they've told me to do is not working.
- downloaded the drivers and still nothing.

i'm in dire need of assistance.

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Answer: i/o magic 250gb external drive - not being detected

You may want to check the drive on another computer because it should just be plug and play.

I guess there's a chance the drive is not partitioned or formated, If you you go to Disk Management does it show the drive? How about in Device Manager, is it listed there or are there any errors showing?

http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm

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WD 250GB MyBook External Disk Drive can be detected but cannot be explored

I neeeeed your help on this. I have been --up and down looking around for a solution. Many did came through-- but I don't know which is which.
 

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Ok, I just built my own custom computer with a little from my friends. And we got it all running and working now, however Windows XP Pro is only detecting the 250GB as 130GB, and this is even when we "formated," and partitioned with Windows XP Pro.

Its not the Hard drive, because we built 2 of the exact same (1 for me and 1 for my bro) however its happening on both machines.

Any help, without wipping the currect data on them? (We've already transfered the data from our laptops to the new computers with our 5pc network)

Answer:250GB Hard Drive detected as 130GB?

What kind of hard drives are these? There might be a Bios limitation you need to overcome.

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I use W7 Home Premium and would like to make a backup of my entire system. I will use the image method and the combination of my C and D discs are about 125GB total. It appears to me that this Seagate will do the job, however, I would like some opinions before I purchase it. Thanks

Answer:Seagate 250GB USB External Drive

You can get a 1TB external hd for $75. Why limit yourself. You can store an image of your hd, as well as back it up. Will the 250GB be ok? Yes. But go ahead and get the larger drive.
**GO 82nd - All the way! **

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I think this must be fairly new but I cannot find any info or specification on HP website or with a search on Google. I particularly want to know if its file system is NTFS or FAT32 as my PC is Widows XP with NTFS. Maplin are the only people I have seen who have it on the shelf -not even Amazon have it as they still push the ?previous? 250GB model from HP.

Answer:HP ELEMENTS 250GB External Hard Drive

Cancel this thread as data now found.

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Good Morning:I have Xp on one drive (120Gb) and Vista on another drive (200Gb) although I could move that one to another 120Gb drive.I also have a 250Gb Western Digital USB2 external drive which I would like to partition to make it a back-up for the two operating systems.Can anyone point me to an easy (and cheap) program to do that. And, will it be a problem to copy across since the 200Gb only contains about 110Gb currently?Thanks in advance!

Answer:Partitioning 250Gb external hard drive

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My laptop Dell Latitude D830 running XP Pro does not recognize the external Seagate 250 gb drive, even under device Manager. I?ve tried it under Slave, Master and Cable-Select Option but with no success. Any ideas? Periodically I hear from the disk a click about one second apart. Probably it?s gone bad, so if it has crashed, how can I recover data on it? How can I get XP recognize it?

Answer:XP Pro doesn't recognize external SG 250gb drive

Have you tried connecting the drive to another PC?

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I have just bought this external drive and am trying to download the driver onto my laptop from the WD website, as I am running Windows 98SE. I have found the WD Essentials USB 2.0 driver and when I click the DOWNLOAD button a small screen appears with a blue line across the top and the words "File Download". However this box just flashes on and off all the time and locks up the computer. The only way to get rid of it is to switch the power off. I have enabled pop-ups as requested, and have also disabled Norton Antivirus 2005. I have no firewall. I have tried a number of times without success. Can you please help? Many thanks.

Answer:Western Digital USB 2.0 250GB external drive

I have just downloaded it without problems, aristo, if you wish I can email it to you, it's a 2MB zip file.

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I have been using this USB drive for some time. I have it divided in to three seperate partitions, but recently (and this is the second time this has happened) XP will no longer detect the already existing partitions on the drive. I am able to see the drive in device manager, it shows up as a WD 2500JB External USB Device, as well as in the manage option when right clicking My Computer. However in the manage window it shows the whole drive as unallocated space. I know that there are files on there, (several GB's of customer backups.) it was there just yesterday. Any ideas on how to get Xp to pull it's head out and see these partitions?

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I've previously added two home made external disks, a 120Gb IBM and a 300Gb Maxtor, to my Medion PC (Pentium 3Ghz, 18 months old) without any problem. I'm trying to add a 250Gb Hitachi Deskstar but nothing happens - even the fact that a USB device has been plugged in is not recognised. As soon as I replace the disk with a 40Gb Maxtor, it all works fine, so the case and connections don't appear to be a problem. I've replaced the Deskstar, thinking it was faulty, but exactly the same happens with the new disk and Add New Hardware doesn't find anything. I'm on XP Home. Has anybody got any suggestions, please?

Answer:External Drive - 40Gb disk works but not 250Gb

I have experienced similar problems in the past and found that the drive had to be jumpered 'master' for the USB to see it.

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There is in regards to my SimpleTech portable hard drive and My new Dell Inspiron N7010 17R which has windows 7. It tells me that it can not recognize the device when I plug it into my USB port. It works great in my Dell Inspiron that has windows XP and my Lenovo at work that also runs windows XP. I have tried another laptop at my place of employment that has windows 7 on it and I get the same error message on that machine also. It has to be a conflict with the SimpleTech 250gb and Windows 7.
Your Help is very much appreciated!!

Answer:simpletech 250gb external hard drive & windows 7

Hi and welcome to TSF please try here to see if there is something at the support site for your drive to work with win 7 http://www.simpletech.com/support/support_downloads.php

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Hello all. I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a 250gb maxtor hard drive. I have just purchased my second external case off of ebay and it does not work!!

The first one was no name brand, it says "Awesome" on the case and has lights that light up around the case. It said on the web it supports up to 250gb, and on the auction. When I plug it in, it recognizes it and I can view an play files off of it for maybe 5 minutes then it says "USB device not recognized" and gives errors like "this usb device can run faster on USB 2.0" which it is in a 2.0 port. Funny thing is right when I got it, it worked for a few hours, it kept working pretty well at first for maybe a week, then it just stops working after a few minutes.

So I purchased another one on ebay, another non name brand, it said it supports up to 250 gb, and this one it recognizes it for a few seconds and then it is suddently not on my computer at all. I have checked the device manager under both of these items and for drivers, etc. Everything seems to be working fine. I even downloaded a file that helps your computer recognize high disk space, although I was told on XP I don't have to do that. So what do you all think?? Is it just the cheap external case?? I have a Dell Inspirion 1100 with a celeron processor, purchased 1.5 years ago. I have tried the case on other computers that were better than mine, I have tried the hard drive straight into a computer and it works fine. I have the... Read more

Answer:Need help with getting 250gb hard drive in external case to work.

mmm... i had a problem like that with a flash drive. it worked for a couple of months, and then it just randomly disapperaed, and when i plug it in, it is not recognised anywhere atall on the system where it should be listed. i have never been able to solve that one.

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I bought a Seagate FreeAgent Desktop 250GB drive for a friend a few days ago. I was able to get it connected to a machine running Windows XP SP2 just fine and I could see the drive ok. I noticed about 18GB or so was "used" even though there was only one 73MB PDF file visible when I viewed the drive contents. The drive has 232GB of free space, I believe.

I understand not all 250GB will be available for user data but is it reasonable for 18GB to be consumed by filesystem info?

Thanks!

Peace...
 

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro and the only option I see when I right click on the drives are NTFS or exFAT.

Hopefully it will be something easy because I'm not at all handy with the command prompt, unless someone walks me thru it.
 

Answer:Need to format a 160gb & 250gb external USB hard drive to FAT32?

have a read ta this,maybe helpful... http://uk.wrs.yahoo.com/_ylt=A03uv8...54/**http://www.neurostechnology.com/node/407
 

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This is not a repeat! It's just that I read somewhere about one needs to make sure that it is formatted to NTFS. My Windows XP Sp2 is formatted to NTFS so will this present no problem when I come to use the drive?

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

No roblem.Used one for two years.

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Maplins list this as 'New'. Price is £69.99 inc vat ex store. Has anyone got/know of this drive and if so what are their opinions.

Answer:Maplins 250GB Western Digital External Hard Drive

Ordered one from Amazon £11 cheaper, delivery due tomorrow.

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Hi I'm Mark. I'm having a problem when it comes with my notebook [dell inspiron 600m] and my external hard disk [WD Elements 250gb]. when I connected the 5 pin cable of the external hard disk to the usb port of the notebook, the connection is seem to unstable or on-and-off, therefore making file copying impossible. The external hard drive and the notebook is in good condition, although I can't really figure out what seems to be the problem. I am also having a theory that this might be a power supply problem. I would be very grateful to someone who can help me about this matter..
 

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Does anyone know how many milliamps this device draws?

The "Technical Specification" provides plenty of info but does not specify the actual current. All it says is that it is powered directly from the USB port. But I need to know exactly what the peak ma of this device is.

TiA

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Answer:Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

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I have a problem with my computer and a technician is scheduled to come for a home visit. It was suggested to copy my files-so dh bought me a 320 GB hard drive and I can't figure out how to save the other drives to it?

I tried to copy and paste the drives into each other and it came up...

"cannot copy hiberfil: It is being used by another person or program, close any programs that might be using file and try again"

Can you help?

ditzione
 

Answer:I/O Magic External Hard Drive

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HI,

I think I have just lost my livelyhood. I keep all my software backups and photographs (I am a photographer) backed up on a 200 gig external hard drive (USB). Having got a virus I decided I would reformat my laptops hard drive, re-install everything and then use ghost to backup everything to the external drive. The drive is split into three partitions but there was not enough space on one partition for the backup so I thought I would use partition magic to re-jig the space. Halfway through changing the size of the partitions the computer froze and had to be re-set. Now the computer does not recognize the drives - if you go into partition magic it just sees the drive as one entity - eg. unformated. How do I get this data back. Is there a way of re-instating the partitions without loosing the data.

If not I have lost over three years worth of photographs which have not been backed up.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
 

Answer:Partition magic error on external drive

I'm presuming you ignored the warning that PM displays telling you to backup before doing any partition modifications...

You are probably stuck with trying to recover some of the stuff with data recovery software at this point.
 

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Ok, here's the deal:

I've just purchased an Acomdata 250GB external hard drive. It comes preformated with TWO partitions - one is the 'CD Section', which takes just 138(something like that) MB and is used to house installation files for applications having to do with the HD, and the other one is the 'HD Section' which is the whole HD minus the previous 138MB. The 'CD Section' partition is, according to Acomdata, impossible to delete or alter. This initially annoyed me, but I'm basically ok with it as long as I can format/partition the rest of the HD however I want. Now, both of the initial partitions are FAT32, and that's where the real problem lies: I want to split the 'HD Section' partition into two partitions, with one being about 25GB NTFS, and the other being the rest of the space, FAT32. I need the NTFS partition so that I can transfer files bigger than 4GB(which can't be done on FAT32) and I need the FAT32 partition so that I can still transfer files between a PC and a Mac.

So I started up Partitionmagic 8 so that I could reformat/partition the external hard drive the way I wanted it, but where the information for the external hard drive is supposed to be in partitionmagic, it just says 'Bad'. If I try to create a new partition or re-format the exisiting partition or anything else having to do with that drive, I get error messages.

What's the deal?
 

Answer:Partition Magic 8 And Acomdata External Hard Drive

You may have to go into Windows Disk Management and cleanup the whole disk, then use PM to format the larger FAT32 partition. I suspect the "CD Section" is done with non-standard formatting and/or partitioning, and is the issue here.

If that doesn't work, I'd take the drive out of the enclosure and run a disk ZAPPER on it, then partition and format it.
 

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I have Partition Magic V8 and have partitioned a USB connected external 120Gb hard drive into two partitions. One for backup data and one for a Ghost Image. This was carried successfully and has been used for three months or so. Today I decided to modify the size of the partitions and the PC rebooted for Partition Magic to do its work but I received an error message ?Error 626 - the drive is not visible from boot mode,? and the system rebooted into Windows. I can understand the reason for this but would ask two questions.As I was able to create the partitions originally I would suppose that I could delete the contents of the partitions and then change the sizes, as this, if I remember correctly was carried out within the Windows environment.1) Can I overcome this to change partition sizes whilst retaining the partition content?2) Does it mean that in the event of a problem and I try to reinstall the backed up image of the System that I would not be able to unless that image was on an internal drive and therefore visible on boot up?

Answer:Partition Magic error 626 -external USB Hard drive

Check BIOS settings so that USB is enabled for DOS and legacy settings are enabled.

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I have a 320GB I/O Magic external hard drive that I copied all my data to for moving to my new Windows 7 machine (which I just purchased today). Only problem is the new machine is either not recognizing the drive or it's not working with Windows 7. At first it showed as the I drive but when I clicked on it to access my files it just clocked and clocked and My Computer eventually stopped responding. Then it didn't show up as a drive at all. Then it was there again, and so on. Been playing with it all day with no success.

Drive has been plugged into an XP Home machine and there are several applications installed on it because the hard drive on my old machine was full.

Any suggestions?

Answer:I/O Magic 320GB External Hard Drive Not Working/Recognized

Are you using a powered adapter for your drive or depending on the USB connection to supply the power? If you are depending on the USB it may be due to too much power already being used and not enough to power it sufficiently for the drive to work correctly, if powered by its own adapter check it on another USB port known to be working, these are what I would try if this was something I was needing to troubleshoot on a system I owned or was working on, good luck.

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A few days ago my Seagate 3TB external hard drive failed without warning and I've been trying to recover it. I ran Test Disk but it didn't appear to locate any partitions. I tried Minitool Partition Wizard and while the Partition Recovery Wizard did locate the partition, identify it as NTFS and even shows me all the files it never adds 'recover partition' as an operation so I can't run it. What do I need to do?

Here's the disk in Partition Magic (drive N)


Here's it in Disk Management


Here's it in Explorer


I feel like I'm close because Partition Wizard can show me the files but I just can't browse the drive.

Answer:External hard drive visible in Partition Magic but not explorer

You can try with PartitionGuru free Free partition manager, file recovery tool and Windows backup software - PartitionGuru Free

or wait until Jumanji responds to your case he is the guru for this kind of problems around here

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Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 250GB will not backup after pluging it into USB ports I get message no external drive selected. I'm running Vista home premium service pack 2 The last time I used it it worked fine (Plug it in & automatically backs up) It does show in Computer & I can oped it there I tried reinstalling it but I get message like ( newer version allready installed) I checked USB Ports & they are working Attached two pics please...... HELP
 

Answer:Maxtor OneTouch 4 Mini 250GB "no external drive selected"

This is really a question for Maxtor customer support, since the drive works in windows the drive is fully working as far as my help goes, notice the maxtor helper doesn't detect any drives and you have many connected, I would first try reinstalling and updating the maxtor application, I would also try removing some of the other drives you have connected since there are Five.

Try this, go to control panel, admin tools, computer management , diskmanagement , right click drive and make sure your backup partition is marked as active, since it shows in my computer it should already be.

Right click the drive in computer,properties, security and make sure you have full admin privileges.
 

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I'm using XP Home installed on an 80 GB.  I then use a Maxtor 250 GB for all my storage almost 1 yr old.  It's atached to an ATA/133 Contoller.  The drive is divided into 4 partitions.  Two at 50 GB's and two at 75 GB's.  It's been working fine until a moth ago.  Now I can only detect the two 50 GB partitions.  I tried re-installing the Contoller software to no avail.  I plug the drive into my CD's position and the reading is still only the two 50 GB partitions.Couldn't find any other posts pertaining quit to this.  I'm wondering if for some reason the driver is failing and I'm running into the common 130 GB limitation and therefore only detecting what the PC is capable of.Any suggestions?ThanksTim

Answer:2 of 4 partitins of my 250gb no longer detected..

look for any BIOS updates for your computer.

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i have a 250gb hd (iomega) , it was working fine, suddenly it stoped recognising in any computer.. i tried in more then 10 computer/laptops.
can any one help me ?
 

Answer:iomega 250gb hd is not detected by any computer, need help!!

Windows may have failed to assign it a drive-letter, in which case that drive will only be visible in Disk Management:
Go to Control Panel > Admin Tools > Disk Management.

From there you can manually assign a drive-letter by right-clicking it's horizontal ribbon and choosing "Change Drive Letter & Paths"
 

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ok so i i changed the file system on the USB drive from NTFS to FAT32 and then reloaded my back up file from Acronis but then my computer froze so i restarted it and now it won't detect the hard drive.
one time it tried installing the drivers but it failed and now it just won't detect it at all.

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i wanted to reinstall my OS on my laptop but the cd drive is not detected ,ive tried it with my desktop and it worked fine through an USB port.

Answer:external cd drive not detected

What laptop is it?How are you trying to "load the OS"? overwrite a current install, run a new install, or what? Are you booting with a floppy disk?

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this is manikandan..... i am have problem with my western digital external hard drive. it is not detecting...... please help me

i want all the data back everthing is very important..... it is showing in device manager-->USB controllers....
 

Answer:External drive not detected

Can you see the drive in Disk Management?

Not that this will help at this point but you should never store important files in only one location. Your external drive should just be a backup.
 

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I have an Iomega 120GB external USB hard drive. It worked wonderfully until yesterday, and all of a sudden the computer won't detect it. Wait, let me rephrase that. It WILL detect that there is a "USB Mass Storage Device" connected to the computer, and shows up when I right click "My Computer" and go to Manage, but it won't show up as a hard disk in My Computer.

Also weird is that my CD-ROM drive used to be called D:, and the external hard drive was called E:. Now suddenly the disk drive is called E:, and the external hard drive won't show up. I'm very frustrated, especially since this seems like such a random occurence.

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My new Western Digtal 3,5 USB2.0 320GB HDD is not being detected as new hardware by XP.However under Device Manager a "USB mass storage device" is added with an exclamation mark.I have tried the drive on my neighbours computer and it worked fine there, so the drive itself is OK.I also re-installed motherboard drivers again, even copied my neighbours driver "USBSTOR.sys" from his system32\drivers directory to mine, but that did not help either.strange thing is it worked 2 times, but after re-starting windows I lost the drive again in "my computer".If anyone knows this problem I would love to hear any suggestions.Many thanks in advance. :-? :-? :-?

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I have a western digital external hard drive that I am trying to convert from NTFS to Fat32, I tried doing it through the CMD but it didn't work, I'm not sure if I did something wrong or if I can convert it, any help would be nice.

Answer:External Drive Not Detected

Im a newbie so I dont have any answers, but I am getting ready to purchase a WD HDD, sounds like their pretty good. I am wondering what you mean by converting from NTFS to Fat32, is this a system version conversion? Trying to become a little more savy so Im reading questions and tryin to figure out things. Thanks. It would help me figure things out if I come across the same problem.

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Hi ,
I have this Iomega 500GB external USB hard drive it worked perfectly until I visited India. I took this to India and i tried to hook it up to my laptop it was not detected no power light nothing. I though may be because of 230v input, But power adapter does support input 120 - 230 v. Anyways it didnt work so I just removed it and thought will check it once i'm back here in NYC. After coming back I'm trying and it is same. No light and its not detected on my XP laptop. what went wrong?
I thought of adapter? But power adapter is working, I connected to another device (digital frame) and shows power. I tried to connect to another laptop its same result
It worked flawlessly when i connected last time. I think that enclosure is gone or is it that Hard drive it self is gone? Can someone experienced throw some light?

Regards
Gary
 

Answer:External Hard drive is not detected

Can someone tell me how do i find out whether the enclosure is gone or Hard Drive has been crashed? I think its an ATA drive inside.
 

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Hi guys.

So today I plugged in my 1Tb WDBPCK0010BBK external hard disk to access my files, just like any other usual day. But then my external hard disk cannot be detected :\ I tried it on my sister's laptop and my friend's but it cannot be detected too. So please help me.

Btw, idk if "detected" is the right term since the safely remove hardware can detect it and so does the device manager. but then my computer cannot detect it so I can't open it. please help.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive cannot be detected

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Currently have an internal HDD running windows 10.

Before it was on Win 7 but the I took it off and made it as an external drive because all of a sudden all files (C drive files were deleted by themselves or gone).

So I was thinking maybe I can recover the files if I make it as an external drive.

Now, upon plugging the USB cable of the external drive that holds my Windows7 based OS files into the USB slot, my computer didn't detect it. On disk management it shows as drive E: no media. I have tried to change the letters to U and Z etc and still not recognised by the computer. Also on disk management it says memory of drive E is 0 and no media.

Tried to do it on other USB ports, didn't work.

Is windows 7 external drive ( was an internal drive) compatible with Windows 10 based computers?

Answer:External drive not detected by computer

Hi and welcome to Tenforums.

Have you updated to the Anniversary Update recently? Because there is a known bug:
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Might Hide Partitions After Install - Windows 10 Forums

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Okay, the title's only the start, honestly. I'm going to start from the beginning, because i've had a LOT of related problems. So first of all, i left my lenovo y50 with windows 10 running under a bunch of blankets (because i'm an idiot). after that, booting up the computer would result in an error message reading "EFI Network 0 for ipv4 (string of numbers) boot failed". the computer would very rarely boot up sucessfully at first, but would bluescreen before long. After a couple days it would no longer boot sucessfully. I assumed that it was a hard drive issue, so i bought a USB external hard drive(which i've never used before). It was a 1tb trancend storejet. I left the burnt- out hard drive inside the computer. Plugging in the new drive originally gave me an error that no OS was detected (which is supposed to happen? I'm not sure) restarting actually got the computer running for at least an hour until it bluescreened with "SYSTEM_STORE_EXCEPTION" After that, i had the same problems as before, and BIOS didn't read a hard drive. What is my problem and how can i fix it?
 

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I have a Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 9 160GB hard drive. It came in an external casing which became tatty and so I bought a new one. Well the new enclosure didnt work and so I have only just got a new one after about 11 months.
The problem I now have is that my computer will not recognise it. I'm running on Windows XP Home, and the hard drive did work on there before I put it in the new enclosure. I have tried the jumpper settings suggested by Maxtor and it doesn't work. The only way I can get the computer to show it is by putting the jumppers on Cap Limit, then it shows a 31.50GB hard drive. I can not format the drive, I have too many things on there that can not be replaced.

If anyone can help me at all, then please I would be very very greatful.

Mei.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Detected

What types of interface are you using to connect computer / external drive?

What interface options drive and its enclosure?

"Computer doesn' recognize it" also leaves a gap of unanswered questions including at which point is it not recognized?

Is it recognized by Devmgr? Are attachining via USB or other? Cause couldn't even ask what "not recognized means" until i know what should be expected.

In generalization:
- Recognized in devmgr (if that simply mean "i can see it listed under Disks, so yes." There can be still further criteria required before you could say "yes" for DevMgr so that answer is still an am not sure)

Do you see it at all in Explorer? Or do you see it but with no drive letter assigned?

Same for Disk Managment, it';s drive letter shown there? does it appear as a disk there?

So please translate "not recognized"
 

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When I plug a jump drive or the external hard drive the device is not showing up.
I recently upgraded and that seems to be when the issue started.
Only thing it will detect is a cell phone.  Tried several devices.

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I had this 40gb external harddrive that was working properly for a few months but is suddendly not being detected anymore and it doesnt show up when i plug it in. I tried connecting it to another com but it doesnt show up either so there must be somethin wrong with the HD. The unplu or eject hardware icon on the bottem right corner does not even appear when i plug it in

On the device manager, it says that the device is either not present, not working properly or does not have all the drivers installed (code 10)?. I tried updating the drivers but it says that it is alreadly using the best driver.

I found this disk that they provided that contains drivers. I tried updating the drivers with the stuff in there and now the green arrow icon appears but there is an yellow exclamation mark on the 'USB mass storage device'. It also says something about 'myson century cs8818'

I'm not very familiar with hardware stuff so i'm pretty much clueless about where to start getting this thing fixed up or what everything means. I tried searching for solutions online but none seems to be helping

The weird thing is 2 weeks ago the same thing happened and I left the drive alone because i didnt have time to get to it. 1 week ago i tried plugging it in again and it worked fine. Now it doesnt work again.


Anyone has any idea whats wrong with the HD and how i can get it fixed up? thanks a bunch

Answer:External Hard drive not detected

I would say you have corrupt drivers for your USB. You should have a disk for your motherboard to reinstall the USB drivers. They are called either VIA or Nvidia drivers. If you have a exclamation mark there something is wrong. If you don't have the driver disk for the motherboard then you ll have to type the name of your Motherboard Drivers in Google to find them.

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i have a western digital external harddrive (WDBAAR5000ABK-00)
that is not being detected by my computer. i plug it in and the pc does not
even makes the sound of (device connected) it doesn't appear at the (my computer) screen neither at device manager.
the hard drive does turn on and can hear it spin. i just cant find it on my computer.
is there any way to make the hard drive appear ?
i already changed the usb cable,

thank you
 

Answer:External hard drive not detected

Is that an old drive... We have discovered a lot of difficulties of the WD drives in external case being recognized as they age... Their life expectancy appears to be very short... too often, between one and two years.
 

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Currently have an internal HDD running windows 10.

Before it was on Win 7 but the I took it off and made it as an external drive because all of a sudden all files (C drive files were deleted by themselves or gone).

So I was thinking maybe I can recover the files if I make it as an external drive.

Now, upon plugging the USB cable of the external drive that holds my Windows7 based OS files into the USB slot, my computer didn't detect it. On disk management it shows as drive E: no media. I have tried to change the letters to U and Z etc and still not recognised by the computer. Also on disk management it says memory of drive E is 0 and no media.

Tried to do it on other USB ports, didn't work.

Is windows 7 external drive ( was an internal drive) compatible with Windows 10 based computers?

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I just attached an external hardrive to my Computer by a USB port and I get a message that reads, " New Hardware installed and read to use",  but yet I  dont see an Icon for it under my computer.Thanks

Answer:External Hard drive not detected.....

Is this the first time ever using this drive to where you dont have important data on it? If it is, go to system management in which there is disk management and create a partition, which will then format and get a drive letter. You should then be able to use the drive.If not the first time using this drive, then try a different USB cable or port, especially if it is a external drive that is powered off of the USB port.

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External Hard drive (of 2 TB) was connected to my Laptop (Running Windows 7 Home Premium).

System was shut down abruptly (I guess something was being read/write from the external HDD). I tried restarting (with the external HDD connected) and the system would not proceed from the "Windows is Shutting Down" screen. As soon as I remove the external HDD cable the system shut downs and restarts. When the Operating system is up, I connect the external HDD but cannot see the external HDD drive.

I did a restart again, but no luck.

When I open 'Disk Management' it asks me to Initialize the drive. I am not willing to loose the data on it. (data is approx of 600 GB).

Files that I have in are .vmdk images, .iso files & Executable files. There are hardly any media/photo files. (I am concerned about the executable's.)

I have attached screenshot from 'Disk Management' view.

Answer:External Hard Drive not detected

Do you have drivers for your external HDD?...
Did you HDD recognize in other computers?

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I have a small 50gb HHD powered from USB

It will connect to my laptop running windows 7 home premium but not my pc running windows 7 professional

When plugged into my pc by usb the Disk does not power up and spin (the light does come on)

There is no recognition of it in my computer, device manager or disk management

Ive tried

Reinstalling USB ports & Drivers
Updating BIOS
Reinstalling USBSTOR.INF file
Formatting drive on laptop then connecting
Trying different USB cable
Cleaning up all ghost USB device drivers
Connecting before PC startup and while running

Anybody got any ideas of how to fix this?

With it connecting to my laptop im thinking its a driver or windows 7 professional problem but not sure

Answer:External Hard Drive not Detected

  
Quote: Originally Posted by paddi23


Ive tried

Reinstalling USB ports & Drivers
Updating BIOS
Reinstalling USBSTOR.INF file
Formatting drive on laptop then connecting
Trying different USB cable
Cleaning up all ghost USB device drivers
Connecting before PC startup and while running


Hi,

You didn't specifically mention it, but can we assume you also tried a different USB port on the PC running Professional? Are you sure its the USB2 and not USB3 port?

Do both the laptop and PC run 32 bit or 64 bit?

Do you know the make and model of the external HDD?

Regards,
Golden

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Hi,
I have been using my Iomega HDD for a while now and have never had any problems before today.
It worked fine when connected to my Acer Netbook running windows 7 starter 32 bit. I connected to a friends laptop and it said to access it it must be formatted, so i bought it home and it said the same thing, to access it must be formatted.
I have attempted to format it numerous times and each time it says windows is unable to complete the format..
I disconnected it (safely ) and restarted the computer before connecting it again and now it is not being detected.
Any solution ideas would be greatly appreciated
Thankyou

Now it's not being detected by my Acer Netbook.. The light on the hard drive is on.. but nothing is happening on computer..
not being detrected in Disk Management either..

Answer:External hard drive not being detected

Now it's not being detected by my Acer Netbook.. The light on the hard drive is on.. but nothing is happening on computer..

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I have an 1T external drive plugged into esata port. It used to work and now it doesn't? When I boot up bios correctly identifies the drive as a seagate sata drive. When I look at device manager is says its a seagate SCSI drive and therefore the system doesn't recognize it at all? In device manager under drive properties it say " this device is working properly" I checked in disk management and the drive is there and on line but because it sees it as a SCSI drive and not sata its not found by any software??? I think its something to do with the Windows sp1 update as it was working fine. I also changed external drives....no difference......Heeeeeeelp!

Answer:External hard drive not detected---again

Hi ronstitt.

You said that the hard drive shows up in Disk Management as online, but is the partition on the hard drive assigned a drive letter? That's caught me out in the past.

Try locating the hard drive in Disk Management again, right click the partition, and press "Change Drive Letter and Paths...". In the window that appears, check that there is a letter in the box. If not, press "Add...", and choose one.

Let me know how it goes.
Tom.

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Hi guys,

My computer cannot detect my 250GB external hard drive and I'm having a hard time fixing this issue, and I've been searching for the problem to be fixed in the internet, unfortunately nothing was found. Before this issue happened, there was no problem, it was working fine until I did something with the registry-cleaning and such. However, my external hard drive can be detected by other computers, and I don't know why my computer can't detect it.

Does anyone of you know what the cause of this problem? I'd be glad if you can help with this problem.

Answer:External hard drive not detected

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Frankier77


Hi guys,

My computer cannot detect my 250GB external hard drive and I'm having a hard time fixing this issue, and I've been searching for the problem to be fixed in the internet, unfortunately nothing was found. Before this issue happened, there was no problem, it was working fine until I did something with the registry-cleaning and such. However, my external hard drive can be detected by other computers, and I don't know why my computer can't detect it.

Does anyone of you know what the cause of this problem? I'd be glad if you can help with this problem.


Hi Frankier77,

I understand that you have checked this harddrive on a different system and it worked fine. As you said issue occurred after you made changes on the system so you can try doing a system restore:

System Restore

Also, kindly post a screenshot of your device manager and disk management. Check instructions here:

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Also, check this link which would be useful in resolving this issue:

Windows 7 not detecting my External Hard drive - Microsoft Community

Keep us posted with the results.

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I have a western digital mybook (WD5000C032-002) that for some reason is not being detected by Windows 7 RC. It is a USB connection straight from the mybook to one of the motherboard's usb ports. All my device drivers are up-to-date. If I go into "Devices and Printers" and click on "Add a device"... I get a window that says "Searching for devices... Make sure your device is discoverable." It stayed on this screen for up to 1/2 hour and then I gave up and clicked Cancel. Doing this this shouldn't be necessary anyway, because as soon as I plug in the mybook it should be detected automatically, if I'm not mistaken. By the way, I can confirm that this mybook is detected by an XP machine.

Anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance!

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Detected

wondering if you are connecting it via usb 2.0 port. Tho technically it SHOULD still find the drive, i have noticed win7 reporting fits here if anything like a hdd is not plugged into a 2.0 port here. Most of mine are 2.0, all but one set, and when the 2.0 gets filled up at times, this is my choice, and what i have seen.

Not much to really offer you here, i dont think THIS SHOULD be a problem, and it might not be. I just notice 7 complaining alot on 2.0 use or nonuse of actually.

Do any other usb devices work, like a printer or ipod etc?

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Hi
I am having trouble getting my PC to fully detecy a USB mass storage device.

My PC is in such a state, that the IT department lent me this device, so that I can copy over stuff that I want to keep and then completely clear the C:\ drive and start again.

The problem I have is that when I plug it in, XP finds it and says that it is ready to use, but it does not show up anywhere on my PC. I have looked everywhere, disk management etc, it's like it has never been installed! but it shows that it is there when I click on 'safely remove hardware'.

This is so frustrating!
 

Answer:External Hard drive not fully detected!

dragonlady said:





Hi
I am having trouble getting my PC to fully detecy a USB mass storage device.

My PC is in such a state, that the IT department lent me this device, so that I can copy over stuff that I want to keep and then completely clear the C:\ drive and start again.

The problem I have is that when I plug it in, XP finds it and says that it is ready to use, but it does not show up anywhere on my PC. I have looked everywhere, disk management etc, it's like it has never been installed! but it shows that it is there when I click on 'safely remove hardware'.

This is so frustrating!Click to expand...

Most likely, a network drive has already been assigned the drive letter that Windows would have assigned the USB drive; the result is no drive letter assignment, and it looks like the drive was not recognized. Either right-click My Computer and choose Manage, or Start/Run diskmgmt.msc to bring up the Disk Management Console. You will see a graphic listing all drives recognized on your system - local, mapped, and unassigned (the USB drive). Right-click the area of an unassigned drive and select ?Change Drive Letter and path? and then either select an unassigned drive letter, or specify a path or specify an empty path on an existing hard drive to have the drive mounted as a subdirectory of the existing hard drive.

Sam
 

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I have a new 320GB Iomega portable/external USB2 hard drive, purchased some time ago as a spare, but - until now - not used. So it has no data on it other than whatever might have been on it from the factory.
The fundamental problem is that when plugged in, it does not show up as a drive in the "My Computer" screen. I have plugged it in to different USB ports, and in two separate laptops, one WinXP (yes yes, I know....) and one Win7. The power light on the drive illuminates, and the case vibrates/hums very slightly which suggests that the hard drive is spinning. But it simply doesn't appear as a drive. There are some clues (which I hope forum experts may be able to interpret). See details below. First, I tried to see if there was a hardware problem:
1) I checked the connecting USB cable, by using another different and known-good cable. Same problem: drive not visible. Which suggests the original USB cable is OK.
2) To check if there was a fault in the actual Iomega PCB inside the casing, I opened the case, disconnected and removed the hard drive (it's made by Seagate), and installed it in another, spare, hard drive caddy which I happened to have - and which has its own known-good USB PCB interface. Plugged this into my laptop(s). Still no drive visible or listed in "My Computer" - which suggests that the original Iomega PCB USB interface is not the problem.
So.... is the hard drive dead? It seems to spin OK. Or is there a software issue, or something else? Incidentally all my... Read more

Answer:Iomega external hard drive not detected

It might need to be plugged into 2 usb ports, using a y-splitter.

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If i plugin the drive it is detected by win7 and everything works. However next time i start the pc the drive isn't detected any more. I then have to unplug the drive do a re start and plug in again and the drive will be detected. However this is a pain to do each time. The Renesas electronic s usb 3.0 root hub is always missing from the device manager on start up. I have tried everything to fix and updating the driver for the usb but no luck. Also if i do a re boot while the drive is still plug in it will take longer for the windows to load even though the drive isn't still detected.

Answer:Segate usb external drive not detected at startup

Hmm, on my motherboard usb 3 is not native and like yours it uses renesas drivers. It is possible that it needs the windows drivers to load before being able to detect. (just a guess here)

Would it get detected if you scan for hardware changes in device manager? Try that please.

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Hi,
my 80GB WD Passport is not being detected by my laptop when plugged in (by USB). A LED at the side of the external hard drive indicates that it is being powered on even though the computer shows no sign of detection (no sound indication; nothing showing up in My Computer). May someone please assist me in solving this problem? Thanks a bunch.
External Hard Drive Specs
80GB Wd Passport, model wd1200u017-002.
It is only compatible with USB 2.0.
(please note that my WD Passport is very old)

Computer Specs
Windows edition: Windows 7 Home Premium
Manufacturer: Dell
Model: N5110
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU2.10GHz 2.10 GHz
Installed memory (RAM): 6.00 GB
System type: 64-bit Operating System
(note this computer has both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, & I tried the harddrive in both ports)

(guys, formatting the WD Passport is not an option as the drive contains important files.)

Answer:WD Passport external hard drive not being detected

So, there's nobody willing to help? Please, there's irreplaceable files in my WD. Thanks again

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hello, i have a samsung external 2.5" hdd drive HM251JI worked fine in Vistas, will not work on my new laptop which had windows 8.1 and now windows 10. I plug it into the usb the drive starts up and the blue led is on but it is not detected on my laptop, not in device manger so i cannot even try to update the driver. any help welcome thanks

Answer:samsung external hdd drive HM251JI not detected

Welcome to the forum does it show in disk manager?

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I have an iomega 160GB external hard drive which is currently formatted for my Apple Mac - new FireWire drive for Mac. I want to use it to back up my Mum's Windows computer, but when I connect, the computer does not detect it. Help.Thanks, peoplePerplexed Vox

Answer:iomega external hard drive not detected

What is the file system, (HFS/+)? I don't think Windows would recognise those file systems.

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Hi, I joined these forums hoping specifically that I would find the solution to this issue with my computer and the hard drive.

I recently purchased an Iomega 1TB external hard drive to back up my files from my Laptop (Toshiba satellite) because it has been constantly showing hard drive failure warnings and messages telling me to back up my files. When I connected the hard drive the first time, it worked fine and I was able to access it, but didn't use it for anything at the time. The next time I used it, however, the usual "New device" sound didn't play and the hard drive didn't show up in the file browser. I then looked up the issue to find that it is a common problem where the device hasn't been assigned a drive letter. I went to the Disk Manager to fix the issue but the device was not in the list of connected devices. I have searched for the problem several times and have had no luck in finding the solution. The problem seems to be with my computer because it works fine on my brother's computer and has no issues.

Additionally, I have been having problems with Windows Update being stuck on "Downloading 0%" and have had to use the system restore several times when getting stuck on an update message on startup. I think that this may be the cause of the problem (and yes, I have turned on the hard drive).

Any help is appreciated, and I hope to get this issue resolved so I can back up my files.

Answer:External hard drive not detected when connected to PC

Hey Jim101.

Sounds like the USB ports are somehow unable to recognize the drive properly. I would suggest connecting a flash drive to the same USB port and see if it gets recognized properly. If it does, try plugging the external hdd again.

Have you tried different USB ports? Just a thought.

Let me know how it turns out.

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Just bougtht a nice new PC for my missus with Windows Vista Home installed and everything works fine except a (new) Western Digtital 150 GB external USB Hard Drive cannot be detected when plugged in.

It's light comes on and I have tried it in all of the available USB slots but no luck.

Guess this is going to be somewhere in the BIOS is it?

The HDD works fine on my PC and gets detected and shows all it's files etc. no problems.
 

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive not detected

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Bonjour tout le mondeJ'ai un probleme avec mon lenovo U41Quand je met mon disque dur externe , il est visible dans périphérique et imprimante mais impossible de l'ouvrirMais non sur "Mon Pc"J'ai déja désinstaller et resinstaller le disque mais aucun succés alors que quand je branche mon iphone , il le detecte.Mon disque dur est un seagate BUP SLIM BKQuelqu'un aurait-il une idée ?Merci d'avanceJP1990Hey everyone ,I have a problem with my lenovo U41,When i plug my external hard drive , it is visible on the periphal and printer but not on "My Computer"I have uninstall and install the hard drive once already. WHen i put my iphone it is detected and i can open itMy hard drive is a seagate BUP SLIM BKCan anyone help me ?RegardsJP1990 

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Allready scanned for some kind of worm with a couple of antiviruses.Also used "Flash disinfector" but my external disk keeps being recognized as a 2gb flash drive in "My computer" and i cannot access any of my files.I also tried it on a second PC and it did the same thing.
I use windows xp pro,i can see its true capacity in the System tools and i also changed the letter of the disk but no luck.Been trying to solve this for many hours but the only thing that i managed to do is for the disk icon to be shown now as disk and not as a removable flash disk but still in "My computer" it is shown as a 2gb thing instead of 600gb and with no access to my files.

Answer:External hard drive mis-detected with my flash usb

Not certain we have a malware issue here but we'll look.i cannot access any of my files Do they appear to be hidden or do you get an error?Can you run these?>>>> Download this file and doubleclick on it to run it. Allow the information to be merged with the registry.RKill....Download and Run RKillPlease download RKill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4

Before we begin, you should disable your anti-malware softwares you have installed so they do not interfere RKill running as some anti-malware softwares detect RKill as malicious. Please refer to this page if you are not sure how.
Double-click on Rkill on your desktop to run it. (If you are using Windows Vista, please right-click on it and select Run As Administrator)
A black screen will appear and then disappear. Please do not worry, that is normal. This means that the tool has been successfully executed.
If nothing happens or if the tool does not run, please let me know in your next replyDo not reboot your computer after running rkill as the malware programs will start again. Or if rebooting is required run it again.If you continue having problems running rkill.com, you can download iExplore.exe or eXplorer.exe, which are renamed copies of rkill.com, and try them instead.Now run MBAM (MalwareBytes):Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1Download Link 2MBAM may "make changes t... Read more

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Hey

My friends laptop is no longer booting, and I need to take the data off the hard drive before a reformat. My plan was to connect the hard drive to my laptop using an enclosure so I could copy the data over, reformat, then copy back.

However, when I connected the hard drive to my laptop via the enclosure, my laptop didn't show it as an additional drive. A light is on the hard drive enclosure, so I know there's power to it, and my laptop installs the drivers for both the hard drive and enclosure, so I know the laptop is properly connected

Like I said though, I'm not getting any option to actually use it as an additional drive

So what am I doing wrong and how do I fix it?

Any and all help would be massively appreciated

PS. My operating system is Vista
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Enclosure Not Detected

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i have a external hard drive that was working fine until a couple of days ago, im not sure exactly when it stopped working but the only thing i can think of is that the other day i was transferring a film to my laptop until it decided it couldn't take it any more and crashed, then i unplugged the external hard drive at the USB and shut down my computer manually

now when i plug in the hard drive it is detected in 'device manager' and 'disk management' and i am also able to safely remove the drive but it does not show in 'my computer' (or whatever it is that the vista equivalent is called)

also in 'disk management' it appears as 'Disk 1' and says that it is not initialized, however if i right click and i choose to initialize it then an error message comes up saying 'incorrect function'

i have tried different ports, un-installing and re-installing drivers, using a different computer, i cant change or even see a drive letter and after searching for many many hours through different posts and threads and trying them all im still stuck

if anyone can help me to save my data, or even just get the hard drive working again i would be extremely grateful
 

Answer:external hard drive detected everywhere but my computer

I'm having the same problem.

Any solution?​
 

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Hello,

I have windows 7 32 bit on a toshiba laptop. I am posting becuase this is a strange situation. I have a goflex exteral terrabyte. The computer recognizes it, lists it in the device manager and claims that it is working properly. However, I can't access it, I can't save anything to it, or get anything from it, or even see the files on it.

Now, I have a mac and a pc, the drive said it could be used on both. So i first used it on the mac (and it works perfectly) but not on the pc. It there a share error maybe?

Any help would be appreciated. I am an editor and I was hoping to be able to easily move from my computer (mac) to my clients (pc).

Thank You for any help or opinions you can give.



Misti Stanton
Dallas, TX

P.S. the drives are up to date.

Answer:External Hard Drive Detected but not Accessible

Hi Misti,

The first use of the drive was on the Mac, is that correct? And there is no problem on the Mac - right?
i really don't have an answer, but I've had issues with my own ext HD. The original system I connected it to was XP, then a Vista machine. the HD would request me to chkdsk every time I plugged it in. Then I could see the files and on some volumes access them. Other volumes were set as read-only. After some time just being attached, the HD would mark itself offline.

It will help if you can post a full screen snapshot of Disk Managment.

Thanks,

Bill
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Hi,

I'm a bit kind of desperate now. I purchased a 2TB Western Digital Sata drive (WD20EARS) and an enclosure with USB2 and eSata interface (independent power supply). Everything was ok for almost 2 months till today it just suddenly stopped being detected at all.

I wasn't doing anything in particular when this happened. I remember I restarted my laptop around the time this happened (I do not remember if it happened before or after this). Any idea what could be wrong?

When I attach it with the eSata cable, nothing happens. With USB, I hear the beep that "something" was attached but then again nothing. Nothing at all in Device Managre or Storage Management.

Any ideas, please let me know... I'd appreciate it. Thank you.

Answer:External eSata drive stopped being detected

my Esata doesnt dectect very well either, I use the device manager and when it powers up I press to check if anything new was connected

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Bonjour tout le mondeJ'ai un probleme avec mon lenovo U41Quand je met mon disque dur externe , il est visible dans périphérique et imprimante mais impossible de l'ouvrirMais non sur "Mon Pc"J'ai déja désinstaller et resinstaller le disque mais aucun succés alors que quand je branche mon iphone , il le detecte.Mon disque dur est un seagate BUP SLIM BKQuelqu'un aurait-il une idée ?Merci d'avance
JP1990Hey everyone ,I have a problem with my lenovo U41,When i plug my external hard drive , it is visible on the periphal and printer but not on "My Computer"I have uninstall and install the hard drive once already. WHen i put my iphone it is detected and i can open itMy hard drive is a seagate BUP SLIM BKCan anyone help me ?RegardsJP1990
 
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Hi there,

I have a Seagate 1TB External Hard drive not being detected after i switched the laptop off while downlading a software file on the hard drive, that i couldn't stop & after the laptop came back up it couldn't detect the HD. Tha power comes on on the HD & the disk spins as it has an adapter & the USB connected to the laptop. Sometimes the light stayed on & lately it only flickers. Tried it on another PC doesn't get detected. Plz some help would b great. Thanks.
 

Answer:Seagate 1TB external hard drive not detected

Maybe ?

I have had about 15 Externals in my time, every problem i had was the same one, the circuitboard came away from the hard drive, all i did was unscrewed the whol thing pushed it all back together tightly

Dont know if this will help with your problem....

also try to run chkdsk

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265 - Windows XP

http://www.w7forums.com/use-chkdsk-check-disk-t448.html -win 7

Good luck
 

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I have a 250GB external mini toshiba HDD bus powered and need a device driver to connect to my computer which is running on win98se platform.

Can any one HELP?
 

Answer:External 250gb usb hdd, win98 drivers

You can try installing the chipset software for your motherboard, but that may not work. If you can provide the exact model of the hard drive and the make/model of your motherboard, we may be able to help. Win98SE has very limited native USB support and there may not be any way to get the drive to work. If there's any way you can update your OS to something even slightly newer, like WinME even, the support for the drive would be built-in....
 

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Does anyone have external speakers for a tablet?

I'm looking for speakers that will give high quality sound with my Archos 70 IT 250GB. I don't need speakers that will blast really loud, but I do want good quality sound with some volume.

I'd like to have speakers that I can carry with me in my backpack, that will somehow close safely, so as not to ruin the speakers.
 

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My ext hd is dead, has any one else had problems with this one ?

Answer:Freecom external HD 250gb has stopped

more details might help.power led on?power ok?try in another USB port?can you see it in My computer / disk manager?

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Im thinking of Buying the Beyond Micro External HDD. I am having trouble finding if its compatible with my current pc. The HDD I want says its got an Interface of USB 2.0. My current HDD has an interface of ATA/133.

My question is: Even thought the Beyond Micro HDD is an External USB does it have to have the same interface as my curent HDD, which im guessing is my pc's interface or does it mean that if you have a USB it will work?

The Beyond Micro does say:
Complies with Universal Serial Bus Specification Rev. 2.0.
Complies with T13's ATA/ATAPI-6 Draft Specification
Supports PIO modes 0, 3, 4, and UDMA modes 2, 4
Supports Power Down mode and USB suspend indicator.
Supports Wakeup ability
Works with both PC and Mac
Plug-and-play and hot-swappable connection
Plug and Play
Hot-Swappable

Does this have anthing to do with its compatability with my computer?

Thanks for your help.
 

Answer:Beyond Mirco 250GB/8MB Cache/External HDD

The USB 2.0 is simply how it connects to your computer and transfers it's data. depending on how much they want for the micro. you can probably buy a hard drive and enclosure from Newegg for alot less.
 

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I have a SmartDisk 250 gb external harddrive that seems to not be recognised on my computer (vista premium os). I plug it in, it does not go into the usual "installing new hardware" thing, but I can go into the device manager and the hardrive is listed as being on the system. But, in the device manager, it is named "Samsung SP2514N". I downloaded the drivers for that model and installed, still have no access to it. the device manager gives the following info on it:
Disk: Disk 3
Type: Basic
Status: Online
Partition Style: Master Boot Record (MBR)
Capacity: 238474 MB
Unallocated space: 2 MB
Reserved space: 0 MB

thats all I have on it. any help on accessing and using this harddrive would be greatly appreciated
 

Answer:smartdisk 250gb external not recognised

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the device is lighting up some time WHEN I GO TO manage - MY computer then lightening off and not detecting in my PC i cant send any file to the storage drive , and i cant fined it in My computer appreciate for the support in advance

Answer:Transcend external storage hard drive not detected in my PC

Have you tried it in another computer to check whether it is a problem with the drive itself?Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanksmessage edited by Derek

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Hi all,

I have a WD external hard drive. Yesterday, when I connected it to my laptop, it was detected but when I tried to access it through my computer, there was no content available. When I looked at its property, I found out the following;

Used Space: 0 bytes
Free Space: 0 bytes

I then went to My Computer > Manage > Disk Management. I found out that the drive is not available in the list.

Is my hard drive corrupted?

Would appreciate if anybody out there can help me on this. Thanks
 

Answer:External hard drive detected but cannot access content

"Is my hard drive corrupted?" Most likely yes. Please learn to back up important data on CD, DVD or Blu-Ray media. These type media are non-volatile and are better than solid state memory flash drives
 

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Hi,

I have had an Iomega external hard for a year now and it used to work perfectly, until suddenly, my computer (Mac) won't detect it anymore.

When I turn it on, the blue light comes on and I can hear the disk spinning inside, but there is no trace of any external device connected to my mac. I've connected through USB and Firewire with no success. Going to disk utility, only my internal hard drive appears.

It simply just stopped showing up on my computer. Does anybody have any advice to get my hard drive working again?
 

Answer:Iomega External Hard Drive stopped being detected

Try a different usb & firewire port physically on your mac & try a different cable. If no dice try it on a different mac or even on a PC, see if the other computer detects it. many times w/ external hard drives the enclosure fails but the drive is ok. worse case scenario the enclosure is bad & you can remove drive to put in another enclosure, or the whole thing could be hosed. try this, post back. thanks!
 

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Hi,
This drive is Western Digital External My Book Essential Edition. It was purchased because it is the main storage drive for my company's artwork and projects. It is constantly connected to either a mac or pc, depending on who is using it. As of yesterday, it is no longer working correctly. It connects to any computer, but is read as not having been formatted. I was considering disassembling the external in order to plug it in internally (it's a Serial ATA drive) and run chkdsk but I wanted to check first to see if it is even worth the trouble. It is essential that the data on this drive be recovered, and I would prefer to not send this in for data recovery. Too expensive! Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Hi there,

I have a Western Digital external hard drive that is not detected by Windows anymore. When I plug it in, the hard drive does not show up on "My Computer" but it does show up on Disk Management :



I have read on the internet that this issue is usually caused by a corrupted sector or the MBR that's corrupted.

I tried TestDiskt but unfortunately when it asks me to choose the hard drive i want to select, my external hard drive doesnt show up on the list.



The only hdd that i see on TestDisk is my internal hard drive.

Every software that i tried to recover data with can't detect my external hard drive, that is why I now ask for your help.

Is there anyway I can recover the data or, even better, get my hard drive to work again.

Thanks.
 

Answer:My external hard drive is not detected by Windows anymore

You should have a read through this guide thread, see if it helps:

What to do if your external hard drive does not show in my computer
 

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Hi
my 500GB WD Passport is not being detected by my laptop when plugged in (by USB). A LED at the side of the external hard drive indicates that it is being powered on even though the computer shows no sign of detection (no sound indication; nothing showing up in My Computer)
I can feel the drive motor start up.(the vibration).
my machine's BIOS detect the drive. but I can't see it in device manager.
my machine use other devices properly.
and I checked my drive in 2 other laptops( both was windows 7) and both failed to detect my WD Passport.
could anyone help me?
thanks

Answer:my external hard drive (WD my passport) not detected on my laptop

Hello nhaghjoo and welcome to Seven Forums.

It's possible that your external hard drive doesn't have a drive letter assigned. If you could post a screenshot of Disk Management it might provide a clue as to what's happening.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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transcend 1TB external hard drive(StoreJet 25A3) is not getting detected in my computer disk management is showing it is fully empty,but it has all my files in it...
Things I HAVE TRIED:
*Trying on all ports in both my laptops
*troubleshooting
*re-installing driver
I have also attached a screenshot in of device manager below

Answer:transcend 1TB external hard drive is not getting detected in my comput

If the partition you want to open is the one with the hash marks in the screenshot, simply assign a drive letter and that should get you read/write access to it.

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My external hard drive (WD Passport 0748) can be detected, but doesn't show up in My Computer.
I tried everything I saw on the internet but to no avail. I need these files so badly! Help

It shows up in my Device Manager. Right clicked it and uninstalled it, plugged it back. It gets detected (again) but still, it doesnt show up in My Computer.

I went to Disk Management. It's unknown, not initialized and unallocated with black line on top. What does that mean? (See jpg 1)

It shows up in Devices and Printers but it has a yellow triangle mark on it with "!". (See jpg 2) So I click troubleshoot. It says "The driver for WD SES Device USB Device is not installed. Install the latest driver for the device." Then I click "Apply this fix." Then it says "WD SES Device USB Device doesn't have a driver. Not fixed" (See jpg 3).

I plugged my external hard drive to my other computer. I did the same thing, but still it didn't work. It gets detected but won't show up in My Computer.

Answer:External Hard Drive: detected but does not show up in folder

I have no clue but just curious.

Did it happen after you installed Daemon Tools?

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Alright, so I have an 1TB Toshiba External Hard Drive and it has the option for either USB or eSATA. I had it attached by USB up til now cuz I didn't have an eSATA cable or port. Today, I went to MicroCenter and got an eSATA to eSATA cable and a port thing that has two eSATA females and two SATA males that go into my SATA ports in my motherboard. I put the two SATA ports in my motherboard, screwed in the two eSATA ports in my case, closed the case, plugged in the eSATA cable to my computer then to my External HDD, turned my computer on, and it doesn't even detect it. Can someone help me out here, please?

Answer:External Hard Drive attached by eSATA not detected

Hello,

Can you see the drive in your BIOS?

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I find that my external hard drive (Western Digital Desktop drive) is inaccessible. When I try to access it through Windows Explorer, It does not show the device at all. The HDD is detected by the device manager in disk drives.

The HDD is not detected in other 2 computers too. tried in a mac and windows laptops.

I ran CHKDSK. At the beginning, it gave me the following message: "Warning! F parameter not specified. Running CHKDSK in read-only mode." It claimed to fix some things at the end of step 2, but it didn't help.

Device Manager thinks that the device is running properly.

I rebooted the machine but that didn't help either.

I ran chkdsk/f as suggested for one of the similar problems in another thread, but for that lucky guy, the drive was visible in windows exploreer.

Any ideas?

Pls pls help me a it has all my important data in it.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive not detected by Windows explorer

Have you run fdisk to partition it and then formatted the partition(s)
 

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my external transcend hard drive is detected but it is asking to format it

Answer:my external transcend hard drive is detected but it is askin

Have you use the harddrive before, have you used it on a mac or is it brand new? If you have not used it before, i should recomend you format it, if it has a file table with FAT32. Choose NTFS, cause then you can store bigger files than 4 GB.

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I have an external 2 TB WD Green Craviar HD. Well it used to work without any problem in my older pc where I had Winxp. Now I have a different pc details are

Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Xeon E5410 @ 2.33GHz 63 ?C
Harpertown 45nm Technology
Intel Xeon E5410 @ 2.33GHz 65 ?C
Harpertown 45nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB FB-DDR2 @ 333MHz (5-5-5-15)
Motherboard
Hewlett-Packard 0A9Ch (XU1 PROCESSOR) 39 ?C
Graphics
Acer X163H ([email protected])
Generic Non-PnP Monitor ([email protected])
256MB ATI Radeon HD 2400 (Dell) 46 ?C
Storage
931GB Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 (SATA) 30 ?C
1863GB Western Digital WDC WD2002FAEX-007BA0 (SATA) 34 ?C
148GB Western Digital WDC WD1600BB-56GUC0 ATA Device (ATA) 33 ?C
2794GB Western Digital WD My Book 1140 USB Device (USB (SATA)) 33 ?C
2794GB Western Digital WD My Book 1140 USB Device (USB (SATA)) 32 ?C
931GB SAMSUNG HD103UI USB Device (USB)
2794GB Western Digital WD My Book 1140 USB Device (USB (SATA)) 31 ?C
2794GB Western Digital WD My Book 1140 USB Device (USB (SATA)) 35 ?C
Optical Drives
ASUS DRW-24B3ST
HP DVD Writer 1260t
Audio
Creative X-Fi Audio Processor (WDM)

The problem started when I first connected my external drive to the above mentioned system at first it gave me an error for the disk being Dynamic and I had to convert it to basic so i attached the external HD via an enclosure to an old laptop copied all the data 1.78 TB just to be on the safe side then conve... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive issue cannot stay detected

Hi kufr, noted on the difficulty you're facing on the WD external hard disk. I strongly recommend you to try out the Data Lifeguard Diagnostics test first for the drive which might help to detect any errors on the drive itself. Here is the link for the test accordingly.

How to test a drive for problems using Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows

Hope it helps.

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Hi Frnds

I hav a Toshiba 1 TB external HDD. It was working fyn till today. Now it is not showing in My Computer or Disk Management. It does make the sound when I connect or disconnect it from the laptop. and the HDD light remains on.

Please advise how to fix this

Thanks
 

Answer:Toshiba external USB hard drive not detected in any laptop

Go under the Device Manager and uninstall all the USB Controllers then reboot your PC don't connect the 1 TB just yet. Make sure nothing is connect to those ports like a keyboard or mouse otherwise they'll lockup. Once rebooted Windows will rebuild the table for USB Controllers. Now you should be all set. Unless you have some sort of conflict with IRQ or Registry setting. There is a free app called USBDVIEW what you would do is disconnect from all non-disconnected USB devices that are stored on the PC these settings can cause all sort of issues.
 

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Hi,
I have had my 1.5TB Desktop External Hard-drive for... a year or two? And I have had the occassional problem with it, but now I can't fix it myself. It's WD and as I said, holds 1.5TB. I have 220GB< worth of irreplaceable stuff and I need help!
I lost it's real power and USB cable, but I have been using substitutes that have been working fine and have been for the whole of this year. The light on it lights up half way when it's plugged in (and it's visible at the moment with it plugged in) and then flashes very brightly when connecting, and remains solid when connected. I haven't used it in a couple of weeks and I think it might have magnets in it because when its working sometimes I swivel it around and it has water in it (it doesn't.) I had it under a light-medium tin that was aluminum, but it was easily half the hard-drives weight. When I plugged it in to power everything was fine, then I put the USB in, it flashed, but then my computer didn't let it through? Now whenever I try to plug it into any of the 3 jacks I have, I doesn't even flash. Can somebody help?!

Answer:External hard drive isn't lighting up or being detected? Urgent!

Hello Mochan and welcome to Seven Forums.

When you say things like:




Quote:
I have had the occassional problem with it, but now I can't fix it myself.


and




Quote:
I lost it's real power and USB cable, but I have been using substitutes that have been working fine and have been for the whole of this year.


and




Quote:
. . .when its working sometimes I swivel it around and it has water in it (it doesn't.)


it almost sounds like your external hard drive has either died or is about to die. Is it being recognized in disk managment? If you post a screenshot it may help to diagnose the problem.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7

How to post a screenshot:

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Hey there, I have been using the same external enclosure for quite a few months now with no problems at all. I bought a new hard drive the other day (Western Digital SATA 80GB WD800JD), connected it to my PC like a normal HDD, and formatted it to NTFS using EASEUS Partition Master 6.1.1 Professional. I have scanned it for bad sectors via Partition Master, and ran chkdsk; all concluding with no errors.

I connected the HDD to the enclosure like normal, and it worked for a few times. Then last night I tried it and it didn't work. I was originally plugging it into the USB port located near the power button, so I tried using a USB port on the panel round the back, which kind of worked. It said it had to be formatted, so I tried formatting it but an error arose reading "The request could not be performed because of an i/o device error". I switched the enclosure off, waiting a few seconds, then back on again. The light was still on, and it seemed the same appearance-wise, but now it's not being detected in any USB ports on my PC. The USB connect "babum" sound plays, but nothing happens. It no longer shows up in any partition software and in Computer. Also, in Device Manager, it's listed under Disk Drives as 'USB Device', with its status being "This device is working properly."
I connected it to a laptop I got my hands on, and the sound plays, with it not being recognized. It runs Windows the same Windows OS version too, and whe... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive Enclosure Stopped Being Detected

It's my experience that enclosures are less reliable than the HDs that we put in them ..
Assuming you get a good brand of HD .. (WD Black series are my favorite)

Sounds like you've tried every thing except try the HD in another enclosure.
For this reason .. I always have a spare enclosure.

And Welcome to the TSG Forum
 

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hi, i have been trying all day to fix my aiptek hyperpen, to no avail, and it turns out now that my external maxtor drive is now corrupt and unreadable, i can't do a thing with it, have tried reinstalling drivers, but i'll give it another go. any ideas. i have all my work and digital photographs form the past year on there, without any back up, we live and learn.

Answer:maxtor 250gb external usb/firewire corrupt

Try plugging the external HD into another pc and see if that can read it....It may be a problem on your pc rather than the external drive.

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I had a 250GB SATA HDD laying around with multiple with a couple of so I ordered an enclosure. Installed easily, everything was compatible. I used the format option from right clicking the drive in "My Computer" I formated it and I can only format it to 9.40GB using NTFS. How do I make it so I can use my entire 250GB?

Answer:External Hardrive 250GB but only Showing 10GB

Start>Right click on My Computer>Manage>Disk Management.

See if there is any other partitions on there. Also i would recommend using one of the Disk Formatting tools in the Windows Index Stickies link in my sig. In that Index there is a topic called Recommended Software for certain tasks. At the bottom of the first post you will see Formatting tools. GParted, DBan, KillDisk will get the job done for you.

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Hi,

I have a 250GB WD external HDD that I have a lot of important work stored on. It suddenly stopped showing up in my computer when I plug it in. It does however show up in the bottom right bar and can be safely removed although this takes a lot longer than it should do.

I have read other threads and it doesn't show up in 'disk management' but it does show up in 'device manager' under 'disk drives'.

I have read previous threads and they say to change the cable but I don't see how this would affect it as it is a short standard cable that it came with and the white LED shows up. I have also checked the internal connections and they look fine.

I'd appreciate any advice that anyone can offer. Perferably in Lehmans terms as I'm not an IT specialist!

In anticipation.

Charlie

Answer:WD 250GB External HDD doesn't show up when plugged in?? Please Help..

Change the cable. Beyond that it's disassembly.

IMO W-D external drives suffer from issues with the connections (the drives are fine).
Earlier this week I took apart my W-D Passport drive because it had the same symptoms that you describe. Once apart it worked like a charm!

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Hello I need urgent help with resolving this as I am trying to get the harddrive showing up or at least recover files.

I was using it at school first and my computer froze so I shut down the computer and restarted without safely removing the hard drive, at first the PC wouldnt reboot because I had it still plugged in, after unplugging it and the PC loaded up, it did not recognize the hard drive anymore. I have tried it on several PCs including the one at home all using Windows 7 and none of them recognize it.

I tried all USB ports on my PC and none of them work, the light on the hard drive is ON so I know there is no connectivity issue. I tried several free/trial softwares even the ones by Seagate and none of them recognized the drive so I cannot use their tools for recovering files or detecting the hard drive.

When I check the Disk Management, it does not show there.
When I check the Device Manager, it does not show under USB controllers but it DOES show under Disk Drives... I also checked and the drive is up to date.

The Model is BUP Slim BK.

In my quick launch, the drive is recognized there and gives me the option to Eject it but it doesn't actually Eject it when I click on it, it either stop responding or does nothing... unless I manually unplug it.

EDIT: After a really long time, the Eject message says the device is already in use which is probably why it doesnt Safely eject.

Answer:Seagate Portable External Hard Drive Slim not detected by PC

Did you try SeaTools for DOS ?
Sometimes that works better than SeaTools for Windows.
SeaTools for DOS | Seagate

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Hello I need urgent help with resolving this as I am trying to get the harddrive showing up or at least recover files.

I was using it at school first and my computer froze so I shut down the computer and restarted without safely removing the hard drive, at first the PC wouldnt reboot because I had it still plugged in, after unplugging it and the PC loaded up, it did not recognize the hard drive anymore. I have tried it on several PCs including the one at home all using Windows 7 and none of them recognize it.

I tried all USB ports on my PC and none of them work, the light on the hard drive is ON so I know there is no connectivity issue. I tried several free/trial softwares even the ones by Seagate and none of them recognized the drive so I cannot use their tools for recovering files or detecting the hard drive.

When I check the Disk Management, it does not show there.
When I check the Device Manager, it does not show under USB controllers but it DOES show under Disk Drives... I also checked and the drive is up to date.

The Model is BUP Slim BK.

In my quick launch, the drive is recognized there and gives me the option to Eject it but it doesn't actually Eject it when I click on it, it either stop responding or does nothing... unless I manually unplug it.

EDIT: After a really long time, the Eject message says the device is already in use which is probably why it doesnt Safely eject.
 

Answer:Seagate Portable External Hard Drive Slim not detected by PC

I am also having the same problem, as I need to get some stuff off my hard drive but it does not show up on any of it, was just wondering if you had found a way to fix this yet?
Kind Regards
 

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My 320 GB Seagate external hard drive is detected but not showing up in my computer. What should I do?

In cmd> diskpart> list volume it does not show up. (screenshot attached)

In Device Manager it gets detected. (screenshot attached)

In disk management it shows up as 'unallocated'. If I initialize it, will I lose all data on the drive? It had 4 partitions. (screenshot attached)

In My Computer also it does not show up. (screenshot attached)
Even BIOS recognizes it.

What to do? I don't want to lose any data on the drive. If I initialize it in device manager will I lose data?

I was installing window XP on my computer, usually I remove the external drive but this time I did not. The external drive was shown as 4 drives in partition manager during installation. But the installation failed. The next time I was installing windows again, the external drive was shown as 1 single unknown or unrecognized drive. I'm not sure if it was unknown or unrecognized. I'm sure I didn't format it. So what I need to do now? I don't want to lose any data.
 

Answer:Seagate external hard drive not showing up in my computer. It is detected.

Yes, if you initialize it you will 'lose' everything. You will want to try something like [email protected] Recovery or maybe Easeus Partition Recovery.
 

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