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Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

Question: Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

I have a Samsung s2 1tb external hard drive.

Today when I hooked it up to my laptop it would not load. It will shows local F drive when it usually will say samsung Drive.

A pop up box will then appear stating "you need to format drive"

I know if I reformat it I will lose all my data which I will not do.

When I look in device manager it states that the external hard drive is installed.

I attempted to go through start menu and type cmd then F: and it states "The volume does not recognize this system file. Please make sure all required system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted."

PLEASE HELP I DONT WANT TO LOSE ALL MY FILES

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Answer: Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

With the external drive connected, Go to Disk Management (Start > type: "computer" > click on Computer Management > click on Disk Management)

Determine which disk is the external drive.
If the external drive shows here as a healthy volume, Right click on the large box to the right of the "Disk 1" / "Disk 2" lable and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

If there is nothing but a grey box or "Unallocated Space" next to the disk number then Right click on the disk number (the box) and choose: Change Drive Letter and Path.

Change the drive letter to anything else > OK.

If you can't do any of the above post back. If you can post a screen shot of the Disk Management window that can help.
Do not initialize the disk or format it or you will lose your data.

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I plugged my WD "my passport" 5oogb hard drive into USB yesterday and it showed up as local disk on my computer with 0Gb used and 0Gb available. In disk manager it shows up as 500GB WD harddrive but in RAW format with 1 partition in use.I cannot carry out disk checkker as windows cannot access hard drive. I have tried using minitool data recovery and it shows as no disk recognised please insert disk. I carried out testdisk and it could not find any partitions on it. When i plug it into windows i hear the connection beep and the hard drive power light continually flashes, the hard drive is spinning as can feel it and no clicking on other noises heard. I have tried changing drive name on disk manager made no effect. When i try to run CHKDSK through DOS it says system cannot find the file specified. Please help as i have all my son pictures from birth to now which is 6 years on it and no other copies of them

Answer:WD USB hard drive showing as local disk

hopefully these will give some more info of problems

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I have windows 10 and i want to dual boot into windows 7, but i want to use my external hard drive as a local disk in windows 7Idk what i did but i went on command prompt and used diskpart and formatted my hard drive into ntfsAnd its taking so long to formatPls help

Answer:How to Make my external hard drive into a local disk

Windows will not boot from an external without a sledgehammer and a full day of tweaking so your wasting your time...

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yesterday when i plug my external hard drive, it was located in the local disk part and not in the removable devices. how can i change it back to removable?

Answer:External hard drive is shown as local disk

What type of Hard Drive is it? Make, and Model.

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Hi
My Samsung Story Drive has been working absolutely fine but on plugging it into my PC las night the pc is showing it as Local Disk (f) instead of Samsung Story (F)
On going to my computer I can it there with 57.9gb remaining space and 1gb used up but when I open it I cannot see any files except a single 1kb file called .cm0013
However if I plug it into our TV it picks it up fine and I can see all my files
Any suggestion?

Answer:External Hard Drive (Local Disk Problem)

Try a different USB port.

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When I plug in my WD "My Passport" 1TB hard drive, I can hear that a device has been connected, but when I open explorer the name's been changed to Local Disk (E and I can't perform ANY operation on it like open it, check properties or scan with an antivirus. I can't even eject it. Also the laptop slows down considerably and internet becomes too slow to open any page.
I tried running "chkdsk" and the data recovery software "PhotoRec" on it but it just keeps scanning for hardware and even after leaving it for 6 hours, it got nowhere. I tried opening "Disk Management" but even that keeps loading forever. A few times after the problem started, it told me to format the drive to be able to use it, but now even that message doesn't come and I'm not even able to format the drive(though I prefer getting all my data back, but it's better than spoiling the HDD).
The drive is physically fine as I kept it very carefully and I can hear the smooth rotation of the disk, plus there are no 'clicking' sounds coming out of it.

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I'm currently using a Samsung NP-QX410, and I'm trying to install an external hard drive onto the laptop so that I can backup the data.

The hard drive is a Western Digital Scorpio 750GB
The hard drive enclosure is a Vantec NexStar TX 2.5-Inch SATA (I know it's cheap. That might very well be the problem).

When I plugged in the hard drive into the USB ports (I've tried all of them), the light on the enclosure lights up and I can hear the hard drive spinning. When I look around, I can't find any signs from my laptop that a hard drive has been plugged in (or that anything at all has been plugged in for that matter). After some digging I found out it's suppose to appear in the Disk Management page, then create a partition and do a few other things with it.

My disk Management shows no signs of the hard drive though. All it shows is Disk 0 (the basic disk) and CD-ROM (for DVD's).

To me the problem just looks like I just bought a cheap enclosure, but I'd rather ask to make sure there isn't an obvious step I skipped. If anyone has any ideas I'd really appreciate some help.

Thanks.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Showing Up In Disk Management

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Hi, sorry if this has been posted before, but I searched so many threads and none of them seem to apply to my exact situation (they all have the usb showing somewhere).

My usb/external hard drive, isn't showing up anywhere. Not in my computer, disk management, device manager or by doing cmb > DISKPART> LIST DISK. The laptop does make a sound when i plug in the drive however but the autoplay doesnt come up, nor can I find it anywhere. I've also tried switching everything off, tried different ports, checked youtube videos, followed lots of different instructions from so many threads, but nothing is seeming to work.

The problem began when I ran a system restore this morning, I then noticed the usb problem and cancelled the restore (to set it back to before the restore was done) but this didn't work. The problem is also the same with the dvd drive. On device manager both the dvd drive 'link' and a usb 'link' both have yellow exclamation marks next to them. Please can someone help me, I would be so unbelievably appreciative and grateful. I have been searching for hours, trying loads of different things but I just can't figure this out. Thanks so much!!
 

Answer:USB/External hard drive not showing anywhere (my com, device man, disk man, etc)

Please do not start more than one thread for the same issue.

Closing duplicate.
 

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My external hard drive seagate 1TB not showing in my computer and disk management. It happen after I install seagate dashboard. It showing in device manager under disk driver but I can't access this drive. I'm trying to get into BIOS while inserting the external drive but my computer stuck. When I pull out this external hard drive my computer can enter bios and boot up normally. Please help. I got very important data in my external hard drive. TQ very much
 

Answer:EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE NOT SHOWING IN DISK MANAGEMENT

I assume that if you start without the 1TB HD that everything works normally.

If this is true, when you connect the 1TB HD, do you get any indication that you have added new hardware? You should.

Is your connection to the 1TB HD via USB?

Never mind. One of your images shows that the Seagate is recognized. From that, I conclude that the USB interface is good
 

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Hey everyone,
I just purchased a new external hard drive for my laptop. I have a Sony vaio, and the hard drive I bought is a Micronet Platinum XL 500gb. I turned it on and it didn't show up in My computer so I went into the disk management and noticed it was not activated. I activated it and then still nothing.

That was obvious because the drive had not been formatted. So I clicked create new partition and started formatting it. All was fine, it was late so I went to bed, got up in the morning to see how it completed and it said that the format was NOT successful. Now it won't show up in My Computer, nor will it show up in Disk Management. Should I just create a WIN98 bootdisk and format it from DOS, or is there something else I can do?

THANKS!
 

Answer:External hard drive not showing up in Disk Management

If it won't show up, I don't see how you can format it in DOS.

Anyway, check out Device Manager and tell us more.

Other suggestions:

1. Test your drive on another pc
2. Check your bios settings


good luck
 

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My external hard drive seagate 1TB not showing in my computer and disk management. It happen after I install seagate dashboard. It showing in device manager under disk driver but I can't access this drive. I'm trying to get into BIOS while inserting the external drive but my computer stuck. When I pull out this external hard drive my computer can enter bios and boot up normally. Please help. I got very important data in my external hard drive. TQ very much

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The Seagate Momentus 5400.6 hard drive I'm using is from my old laptop it has 4 disks.
After I put it in the (IT-CEO IT-700) enclosure, and connect it to my new laptop it does not show up in 'My Cumputer' and 'Disk Management', but displays in the 'device and printer' section of control pannel.
I also can't eject the hard drive, even when I'm not doing anything to it, the (IT-CEO IT-700) enclusre's blue signal light just keeps flashing for a while then goes off for a sec, then resume flashing again.
My laptop also keeps trying to install the hard drive.

I tried reinstall the hard drive's driver, but that did not solve the problem.

Please Help.
 

Answer:External Hard drive not showing up in 'My Computer', and 'Disk Management'

Have you tried using different drive enclosure other than the IT-CEO IT-700?
 

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Alright, I have a whole bunch of my music and videos on my external hard drive and I got a new Dell XPS 8300 yesterday. I had been using my external hard drive just fine for the past 1-2 yeas now with 2 different laptops, working fine. I plugged it yesterday to transfer all my music to my new computer and it seemed to be working fine. There was an error as the copy rate slowwed so I decided to delete and try again. I did that about 3 times and then decided to just copy the music album by album. Eventually, I don't know how it ended up happening, instead of the Hard Drive coming up as Seagate on the My Computer Tab, it started showing up as Local Disk: J on my Dell and Local Disk E on my laptop now. It doesn't matter where I plug it in. Not only that, it won't open when I try to open it. It will get 95% loaded and then just pause and stop responding. I'm completely lost.

My hard drive is Seagate 250 GB.
 

Answer:External hard drive stopped working, only shows up as Local Disk -- won't open

Hi, first I would run the Seagate diagnostics to check the hard drive is still healthy following this guide.



Identify the make of your hard drive and then use one of the links below to get the manufacturers diagnostic for ISO CD. Burn the image file to a CD, boot the PC with the disc in the drive and run the diagnostics. You first need to set the CD drive to 1st in the boot order in the Bios setup.

If you do not have an image burner use this free software to make the CD.

http://www.isoimageburner.com/



ExcelStor: http://www.excelstor.com/eng/support.php?sub_id=3

Hitachi/IBM: http://www.hitachigst.com/support/downloads/

Samsung: http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/downloads/support_in_es.html

Seagate, Maxtor & Quantum:http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads

Western Digital:http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?lang=en

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Toshiba Fujitsu: http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=SoftwareUtilities#diagnostic

If you have a Toshiba hard drive I would suggest the use of the diagnostics from the Seagate link as this will work on all makes of drive and on any OS.Click to expand...

It sounds likely that the circuitry in the drive enclosure is failing (or the drive), if the test won't run then remove the drive from the enclosure and purchase a USB Hard Drive adapter, or use the internal connections in a desktop PC to connect... Read more

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I have plugged in my samsung external hard disk drive and under my computer it only shows an "A" drive for floppy disks.
I'm running vista, 32 bit. Can anyone give me some advice please.

Answer:Samsung External Drive Showing as A drive

Can you access it still by going into it?
http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-vista/how-to-use-disk-management-in-vista/
Disk Management can be used to reassign a drive letter.

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My 1TB Western Digital external drive is showing up as a local drive under My Computer after I formated it. How do I make it show up as removable storage again?

Answer:External Drive Showing Up As Local...

  
Quote: Originally Posted by DaveTheRealtor


My 1TB Western Digital external drive is showing up as a local drive under My Computer after I formated it. How do I make it show up as removable storage again?


What did you format it to? (NTFS, FAT32)

I assume it is a USB device, correct?

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Hey all, I recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and I'm loving it, EXCEPT for this one problem I'm having.

Immediately after I upgraded, my external hard drive (WD Ext HDD 1021 3TB) was missing from "My Computer." I never had any problems with this HDD before I upgraded, and the file-system is NTFS.

The external drive is visible in Disk Management, however there is no letter assigned. Right clicking on the drive's partitions in Disk Management shows every option grayed out except for "Delete Volume."

Upon seeing this, I attempted to use diskpart to assign a new letter, however in diskpart the partition type is listed as "unknown" and when I attempt to assign a letter, diskpart says "there is no volume specified." Listing volumes in diskpart only seems to list the volumes on my internal drive, not the external one.

After reading some articles on similar problems, I tried using the program "MiniTool Partition Wizard" to assign a new drive letter, and it seemed to work! The drive showed up in "My Computer" with the correct name and letter, with all my data intact. In Disk Management, all the drive options were still grayed out, but because I could access my drive, I figured the problem was solved.

However, after a short amount of time, the drive became inaccessible. In "My Computer" the drive's name changed from "cmluepke 3tb external (F:)" to "Local Disk (F:)." Clickin... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive inaccessible, becomes "Local Disk"

I had this exact same problem with a 16GB Toshiba thumb-drive a few days ago.
I'd been having heat-related shutdowns, and believe this to be what caused the issue in the first place.
Deleting the volume, then re-creating it allowed me to format and assign a drive-letter.
But yes, I did lose the (non-critical - a recorded TV show) data.
I'm not aware of any other 'fixes'.
Wenda.

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Hi,

I am not sure whether I should be posting this in the Windows forum or the PC Hardware because it involves both.

I have an external 320 GB Transcend Drive with a lot of important data.
Recently, I unplugged it from my PC and took to another to get some files.
One the other machine (Vista), it didn't show up as far as I can remember, thought that was strange so i brought it back to my Laptop (Win 7, Dual Boot with Ubuntu 10) and it only showed as Local Disk, I have tried to find useful information on the net but some is very vague and some is outright stupid and irrelevant.

The fact is that the HDD is not broken. When in Ubuntu I can view the contents fine and everything is there, no freeze ups or anything, but in windows the drive shows up as Local Disk, I don't think it is a drive letter conflict.

The Device shows up fine in the Device Manager.
I'm sure some of you have solved this problem as it seems many on the Internet have.
If so please tell me in a few steps how you resolved it.. I am not formatting as I do not deem this necessary since I can access my data fine in Ubuntu.

Kind Regards

Answer:External Hard Drive Works In Ubuntu / Shows as "Local Disk" in Win 7 and doesn't work

I suggest that while in Ubuntu you move the files to local HDD, then reformat external HDD, then copy the files back.

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Hi all, I purchased a external drive to back up files on our desktop and laptops. I am looking for easy way to do this, do I do all files or do I have to go into all of them one at a time. I say this because one laptop is my daughters, can I just send all her pic and music files all at once. Our main computer(desktop)is windows vista, everyday it's getting louder and louder and each morning its shows a message says configuring and it's like counting down. This takes long time. I looked at the space left. It shows space available on (c) and on d it's full which is recovery so I don't have a clue how files got on there. My hubby doesn't know much about even getting on computer, but when he does it seems something goes wrong. I want to clean up and get rid of files so my son who's 11 can use it for games. It's so slow and I don't want to delete wrong things.  From reading here and just knowing not to delete recovery. How do I clear out space on D...I tried opening some files on it but they all seem to do with the windows system. What can I do with my desktop ?And is it possible to clear out all files from laptop...it is about 5 yrs old...and she has alot of music and pics on there..just wondering if it's worth time to clean out the files. It takes forever to get online and when we do its so slow. Hope I'm not sounding to confusing.any suggestionstygreat site so far

Answer:need help with using external hard drive also my recovery drive(d)showing full?

Welcome!Computer Hope is the number one location for free computer help. The forum will help everyone with all computer questions. You have presented more that one issue. The forum will help you, but some detail is needed. What OS are you using?  What make and model of eternal drive do you use?The proper way to remove programs is in the con control  panel. But Music and pictures files can be copied to a CD-R or DVD-R and removed from the computer. The external drive can also be used to transport files from on PC to another. But using DVD-R or CD-R is preferable. The best use of an external drive is to make a backup of the operating system and programs.Avoid putting files on the recovery partition.

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i'm using windows 7, my external hard drive shows up in my devices and printers section but it won't show up as a drive, so i can't view any files in that external hard drive. if i put a memory card in, it shows up as a drive and a flag shows up for when i want to unplug that drive and it asks if i want to remove my external hard drive too.

normally when i turn on the external hard drive it autoplays but it doesn't do that anymore.

i don't understand why it shows up in my devices and printers but not as a drive when i open windows explorer.

i've looked into the external hard drives properties and it all says that the device is working properly.

Answer:problem with external hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Go into Control Panel (classic view) ---> Administrative Tools ---> Computer Management ---> Disk Management.

In bottom-right pane, if you see a horizontal band representing a drive with no drive-letter assigned to it, that's the cause of your problem. You need to give it a drive-letter:

Right-click that horizontal band and choose "Change drive letter and paths".

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Hi,

Can anyone help? I brought a seagate Expansion Drive less than a month ago to store all my music and pictures on. It worked fine until a few days ago when it started clicking and now under my computer it is showing as a local disk.

I'm not great with computers and have no idea what to do! I have tried running sea tools from the sea gate web site and all the tests come back fine! However, I still can't get the expansion drive to work or let me access any of my music etc. I just want to get my music back!!!!

Can anyone help???
 

Answer:SEAGATE 1.5TB expansion drive showing as local Disk

P.S. I'm running on windows vista service pack 2
 

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i have a freecom external hard drive. it was working fine until one day it decided to stop working.

this light on the drive lights up but i can't hear anything working inside it. and now it won't show up as a drive when i open windows explorer.

please help?

Answer:External hard drive not showing as a drive in windows 7

Hi have you tried it in another computer to see if it works there

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I brought a Samsung 1.5tb drive http://www.ebuyer.com/product/166989which i plugged in through usb to my computer and it showed the correct amount.

I restarted the pc, and then it bugged up showing as an unformatted drive.

I went to format it, and it said it couldn't, so went into admin tools disk management, and it showed as 465GB, and has since. I tried formatting and deleting the partition, but it still shows as 465GB. Rather frustrating!

I tried running HDD Capacity Restore like I had to on my previous Samsung 1TB drive (which worked), but it didn't on this new 1.5tb.
Could it be that my motherboard (gigabyte ds3r) corrupted the firmware, or is a defective drive? I've tried running EStool, but it did nothing...

Cheers
 

Answer:Samsung 1.5TB hard drive showing as 465GB

I would more lean towards a bad drive than the motherboard causing a problem. How have you connected this drive via USB? Did you also buy a USB Connected enclosure, or and adapter of some sort?
 

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i have a problem my laptop says it has two hard drives though it only has one physical one my os hard drive is filled and my local disk has lots og free space can someone help me combine them?

Answer:Os hard drive and local disk hard drive how can i make them into one?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by CraziReaper


i have a problem my laptop says it has two hard drives though it only has one physical one my os hard drive is filled and my local disk has lots og free space can someone help me combine them?


First, if at all unsure backup

Parigon disk suite (free trial)

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Hard drive is: WD My Book Essential 2 TB

It was working fine the other day then I updated my computer. I looked and noticed there was an update titled: Western Digital Technologies - Other hardware - WD SES Device, released April, 2015. I don't know if it's the same as the external or what.

I did try uninstalling this but could not find it in the installed updates. I installed it 6/7/15 and before this it worked fine, now when plugged in, it shows up as CD Drive and when I double click it, it says application not found.

Any help would be much appreciated, thanks.
 

Answer:External hard drive showing as CD Drive

Was the update through Western Digital or Microsoft?
 

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Hello everybody!
Hope all well & in a helpful mood!
I`m running Windows 8.1, on a Sony Vaio, &, trying to access my music stored on Samsung M3 1TB external hard drive. It seems to load up about 99% of the drive, (after quite a long-ish wait), then, I get a, "pc not responding", message. So near, yet so far, kind of thing, &, I`m tearing my hair out here because of it!
Any help/guidance, would be gratefully received, as all of my research, so far, has not produced anything that`s worked.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3227U CPU @ 1.90GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3974 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000, -2044 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 687088 MB, Free - 594313 MB;
Motherboard: Sony Corporation, VAIO
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2015, Updated and Enabled
Thanking you in advance!

 

Answer:Windows 8.1 not fully loading my Samsung M3 1TB Hard Drive! Please help!

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Hi Mates!

I'm trying to change the name of my External Hard Drive as it appears as Local Disk G on my laptop. However, upon trying multiple times it keeps on coming back as Local Disk G. Please help.
Thanks and have a nice day!!!

Answer:Samsung External Hard Drive

Hi looking at your picture you cant rename it as C, D, E, F are already connected and in use
I have an external drive I sometimes connect and use and when I do it comes up as E, or F depending what I have connected at the time.
If you wanted to give it a higher letter you would have to disconnect one of the other drives put that one in then reconnect and see if that works

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Hi Mates!

I'm trying to change the name of my External Hard Drive as it appears as Local Disk G on my laptop. However, upon trying multiple times it keeps on coming back as Local Disk G. Please help.
Thanks and have a nice day!!!

Answer:Samsung External Hard Drive

Hi looking at your picture you cant rename it as C, D, E, F are already connected and in use
I have an external drive I sometimes connect and use and when I do it comes up as E, or F depending what I have connected at the time.
If you wanted to give it a higher letter you would have to disconnect one of the other drives put that one in then reconnect and see if that works

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hi

1) I recently bought a samsung external hard (1500GB). The problem with it was that i couldn't use it on my playstation 3. i was told to format it to Fat32 (something like that), to which i used someone's link which was provided to me. After formatting it, it was still not working on my PS and to make things worse, it was now not detecting on my PC. I use Windows 7. Can someone please help with both aspects of the problem.

thank you

Answer:Samsung External hard drive

Install free Partition Wizard which will often detect a drive when Windows won't. If so make sure it has a letter, or else rightclick to Add Letter.

If it still doesn't show up in Windows or PS, delete the partition and create a new Primary one in the native (NTFS?) format of the external HD. Assign a letter. Do not mark Active.

If problems persist, rightclick the drive to Check File System and if necessary run Surface Scan.

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I know about the immediate 'loss' of disk space owing to the two different methods of measurement. 1Tb to 931Gb - it's annoying, but I'm used to it.

No, before a defrag by Fixbee I had 701Gb free, afterwards - in a matter of 2 hours - I had 537Gb. Obviously, I'm not going to use this product again, where a clean-up is obviosly a 'dirt up', but how do I undo the damage that it's caused - especially if it's not the only 'clean up' tool that might do this?

Answer:Loss of disk space on Samsung external 1TB drive after 'clean up'

Check with WinDirStat what's eating all the space. http://windirstat.info/

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?
 

Answer:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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Hey guys,
So I have a samsung 1.5TB External Hard Drive that all of a sudden tells me it needs to be formatted. All I did prior to this happening was restart my PC, the same way I do every day.

I have 1TB of files, pictures, videos and more on that drive with no backups of it anywhere and I really need everything back.

I have read many threads similar to this one but others don't seem to have exactly the same problem that I do, in that when connected, my EHD constantly appears and then disappears in My Computer with a pop-up message.

This means that no matter which data/partition/HD recovery software I use, it doesn't allow me to select the EHD as it keeps disappearing from the list.

So basically, when it is plugged in, every 10 seconds or so it disappears and then reappears with this pop-up message:

"You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it.
Do you want to format it?"

Obviously I don't want to format it as that means I lose all my data.

Also, it uses USB 3.0 and is connected with a USB 3.0 cable into a USB 3.0 port.

I have tried:
- Changing the letter of the drive

In terms of recovery software, I have tried a few and another thing that makes it difficult for me to use (besides my EHD disappearing all the tim) is that I don't really know which options to choose.

For example, iCare Data Recovery has 4 sub-menus:
1. Lost Partition Recovery
2. Advanced file recovery
3. Deep Scan Recovery
4. Format Recovery

T... Read more

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Hey guys,
So I have a samsung 1.5TB External Hard Drive that all of a sudden tells me it needs to be formatted. All I did prior to this happening was restart my PC, the same way I do every day.

I have 1TB of files, pictures, videos and more on that drive with no backups of it anywhere and I really need everything back.

I have read many threads similar to this one but others don't seem to have exactly the same problem that I do, in that when connected, my EHD constantly appears and then disappears in My Computer with a pop-up message.

This means that no matter which data/partition/HD recovery software I use, it doesn't allow me to select the EHD as it keeps disappearing from the list.

So basically, when it is plugged in, every 10 seconds or so it disappears and then reappears with this pop-up message:

"You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it.
Do you want to format it?"

Obviously I don't want to format it as that means I lose all my data.

Also, it uses USB 3.0 and is connected with a USB 3.0 cable into a USB 3.0 port.

I have tried:
- Changing the letter of the drive

In terms of recovery software, I have tried a few and another thing that makes it difficult for me to use (besides my EHD disappearing all the tim) is that I don't really know which options to choose.

For example, iCare Data Recovery has 4 sub-menus:
1. Lost Partition Recovery
2. Advanced file recovery
3. Deep Scan Recovery
4. Format Recovery

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I bought this device yesterday and was in the process of moving some recorded TV shows over to it, and it wasn't telling me how long it would take, or how much had been transferred over, so I stopped it mid action.
When I tried to view the file it said some of the data was corrupted and unreadable. I tried to delete this file, but it wouldn't allow me to, as the file contained data.
In a fit of sleepy annoyance I went into the Drive Manager and deleted all of the data.
Now the computer won't even recognise it when I plug it in, and I have no idea how to get it working again.
I have ran both types of diagnostics on the device and it says it is working perfectly.
Please help!

Answer:Samsung M3 Portable External Hard Drive

I've actually just sorted it out myself by tinkering around with it. I added a partition, then formatted it. Then unplugged it and plugged it back into the system, Et Voila!
The computer once again recognises it, and happiness has been restored :D

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Hi, everyone.
I have a samsung s2 500 GB hard drive. It was working until yesterday, now I can't seem to access this.
Here's the problem. When I plug it in, it doesn't show the SAMSUNG(P but only "local disk(P". It shows that I should format it.)
Also, every time I try to right-click the local disk(P, it only ends up to not responding.

I tried changing renaming it, but still nothing. I checked if it is installed properly, and it does.
There is also no ticking sound in the disk inside, and the light is also lit up.
Please help me, there are so many important files inside and I hope it will not end up being formatted.

Answer:I can't access my samsung external hard drive. please please help

Hi, everyone.
I have a samsung s2 640GB hard drive.Now I can't seem to access this.
Also, every time I try to right-click the local disk(L), it only ends up to not responding
please helip me

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Hi, everyone.
I have a 320gb samsung s2 external hard drive. I have this for only a few months.
All the time, it is working the it should be, but today, I can't seem to access this.
Here's the problem. When I plug it in, it doesn't show the SAMSUNG(P but only "local disk(P". It shows that I should format it.
Also, every time I try to right-click the local disk(P, it only ends up to not responding.

I tried changing renaming it, but still nothing. I checked if it is installed properly, and it does.
There is also no ticking sound in the disk inside, and the light is also lit up.
Please help me, there are so many important files inside and I hope it will not end up being formatted.

Answer:I can't access my samsung external hard drive. please please help

Hi,

Can you please post a picture/image of your Disk Management?

Regards,
Golden

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Hi all

I have a samsung 500 Gbyte external hard drive. Today i couldnt acces it. the message is the following.
"The volume does not contain a recognized file system. please make sure that all the required file system drivers and that the volume is not corrupted. (1005)

Anytime i go to my computer and click on wants me to format the hard drive. It also says local disc G instead of samsung G.

I ve seen recommendation with ,,incahce,, or something that should work. But i have no idea how to do that. i would need a step by step description how to do that.

Thank you so much in advance

Answer:samsung external hard drive failure with vista

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

Is there anything on the Hard Drive? Have you already formated it to NTFS? Is it connected using a USB?

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not appearing in my computer but the light is on in the desck

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Hello
Does anyone know how I can get this to work with windows 10?
I upgraded from windows 7 to windows 10 and the HDD is not recognised.
Thank you

Answer:Samsung Portable Hard disk drive M3

My guess is it's USB3 and windows 10 has not loaded USB3 drivers
Have a look in device manager to see if USB3 driver is loaded. if not do you have a motherboard disk for your machine or do you know what type of USB3 chip set you have?

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I bought a brand new U12-43837 Ultra 500GB external hard drive but as soon as I hook it up to the computer, the computer recognizes the drive, installs the driver, makes the hardware insert sound, but the drive does not appear in My Computer, nor does it appear in Disk Management. A few threads on here say to do certain things with the drive in Disk Management i.e. change drive letter, but the drive doesn't even show up in Disk Management so I cannot do that. Where do I go from here?

Answer:brand new external drive not showing up (not even in disk management!)

Hi,
From a search this looks like just an enclosure and does not come with a hard drive inside it already = sold separately :/

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my windows xp computer crashed, i then reinstalled it everything was fine i have 5 usb stick's they all in stalled back on to the computer but my my samsung portable hard drive did not it show's up on my safely remove hardware folder but not on the computer folder where the uther 5 usb stick's show up i have tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it no good i have tried updating it's driver no good please eny uther way's to try to access it.
 

Answer:can not access a samsung 2.5 inch portable external hard drive

Does it show under disk management?

Some info to familiarize you with it, if you aren't already:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000/en-US
 

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Hello SEVEN FORUMS,
Im here to write an HELP thread for my external hard drive.
Well first off its a SeaGate 250GB Hard-drive (USB) i plug it into the USB port with cable and the light comes on saying its connected.
I go onto my computer and nothing comes up? Its not in My Computer or anything.
DO i need to Do Something Thanks?

PS: im on Windows 7 Home Premium - 64-Bit

CHEERS

Answer:External Hard-Drive Not Showing Up

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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I have a western digital 2tb hard drive and I am unable to access any of the information on it. It is listed in the devices and printers, but it doesn't give me many options to do much, just view it.

I know that it works on my hp laptop, but the laptop has since crashed. I purchased a new hp desktop and this is where my troubles are.

I tried to find it in disk management, however, it is not found there either. I'm not sure what else to do to access my information.

Any ideas?

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Showing Up

Hello Trixi


Try a different USB port with the WD Ext HD power turned off. Then power it on to see if the device is found & added. Then check Disk Management.

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Hi guys, I'm having a problem with my external hard drive. It's not showing up under my computer, disk manager or device manager. I have been using it with no problem until hurricane wilma and my power was out for 5 days. When I booted up the computer it wasn't there. it only has a blinking green light usually the light is solid. I tried inserting the disk that came with the hard drive, unplugging the drive from the computer and replugging it neither has worked. I was not using the computer when I lost power. I'm running windows 2000 pro, and Que M3 external drive. Any ideas on what else I can do? Thanks, Danu
 

Answer:external hard drive now not showing up

I tried d/ling the tppinst.exe driver and rebooted computer, that is not working either. The green light is still blinking. All my cleanup utilities,firewall, antivirus, games, mp3's ect is on that E drive please help. Thanks, Danu
 

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Hi,

Can anyone help please? My Windows 10 updated the other day and since the update my EHD isn't showing up on my PC but I know it's there as it is showing in Device Manager and when I right click on it and go to "Properties" it tells me it's working properly, but I can't use it because it's not showing up in my Devices and Drives! I'm going round and round in circles here trying to sort it out.

I tried to update the driver but it said I had the latest one.

I uninstalled the EHD, waited a while then plugged it back in, restarted my PC and it's showing up
again in Device Manager but it's still not showing up in Devices and Drives. :-(

I don't know what else to do..it's there..but I can't' use it and the annoying thing is, many of my programs I use are on the EHD so I can't use them. :-( I use a very old graphics program which I can't get again so really need to get my EHD working.

Thanks in advance.

Pebbs



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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A6-6310 APU with AMD Radeon R4 Graphics, AMD64 Family 22 Model 48 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3512 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon(TM) R4 Graphics, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 916 GB (849 GB Free); D: 13 GB (1 GB Free);
Motherboard: HP, 2B3B
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

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Answer:External Hard Drive Not Showing Up

Have you tried to go into Device Management and change the drive letter? That works sometimes. You may want to run the hardware troubleshooter by typing Troubleshooting in the search box then following the prompts.
 

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I usually use the hard drive with the desktop, however the other day I plugged it into the laptop, it was running at the time, and was accidentally unplugged, since then it doesn't seem to be recognized in either computer. The laptop will make the noise when I plug in the external drive, and it shows up in device and printers. It does not show up in computer management though. I have tried the chkdsk, but it wont work, I am pretty sure I have the right letter, but says no volume. Please help.

Just an add on, the hard drive does light up, but does not spin. I did try installing it in the desktop, but it was not recognized when I tried that.

After awhile of being plugged in the hard drive shows up in disk managment, however when I try to Initialize it, it says I/O Error

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up.

Hello jimithing33 ,

Getting an I/o error usually isn't a good sign as often it's related to failed hardware. I guess you already tried using different USB port and cable. What model is this HDD? Is it power fed through the USB cable? You could run the manufacturer’s diagnostics tool to see if it will detect it.

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I have an external hard drive that I have used regularly with a Windows 7 machine via esata
that does not show up when plugged into my Windows 10 notebook via USB.
I can see it under the disk management, but there is no drive letter assigned so I cannot access it.

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Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up

If there's no letter assigned to it then it's hidden. Right click on it -> Change Drive Letter.... then assign a letter for it.

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My entire life is on my external hard drive - it's supposed to be my back up. Now I have an issue with that.

I'm running XP with all updated security profiles and the latest SP. I have an external hard drive that has been working fine on this box, but recently, the computer isn't recognizing it. It gives me the whole "driver not found" scenario. But it can't find the driver anywhere on the net, my computer, or anywhere else.

It's a Western Digital hard drive, and I think it's called a Passport drive. Apparently, talking to my dad, they're ****ty little drives. Which sucks. All my music, pictures, and writing (freelance and published fiction writer) was on this drive cause I was going from one box to another.

Help! Please tell me that my data is at least salvageable!!!
 

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So, about 2-3 weeks ago I had been hooking my external hard drive up to a notebook because I was in the process of moving my desktop. Around the time that I was preparing to leave the house, the drive no longer would show up on the computer anywhere. I checked My Computer, and shortcuts that were for the drive said they couldn't find the file to open. Now, no computer will acknowledge that it is plugged in. I am using a Buffalo Ministation. The USB cord works just fine because my phone connects to the computer with no problem.

The only change that happened while I was there was that I added a name-tag thing to the top of it (the one you print out of the hand-held machine). I dunno if that is magnetic or not, but I have since removed it. Any help would be appreciated!

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up

Anyone have any ideas?

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bought a 320GB int. Drive to replace the 40GB internal i use in an enclosure.The 40GB is set to MASTER & i did the same to the 320GB i can hear the the system make that familar sound when you plug a USB device but don't see the drive.When i unplug the USB i could hear that sound again.This is a brand new HD strait out of the static free bag.Please help...

Rgds.

John
 

Answer:New external hard drive not showing

The new external drive needs to be formatted. With the external drive connected, Right-click on My Computer and select "manage" disk management, and right-click on the external drive in the list and select format
 

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I'm having quite a problem here. My external hard drive (Astone - 2Tb) isn't showing up on my computer - or anybody else's. I lent it to a friend, and I believe he may have been rough with it (The base is missing 2 screws), and after receiving it back the following day, I plugged it into my laptop. It came up with "Installing device driver software" which is odd, since I've used it on there many times before. Afterward, it would flash in My Computer for a second coloured grey, then disappear. It does not appear in Safety Removal Hardware either. I've tried this on several computers, but with no difference, and the blue light still works. The problem is definitely with the Hard Drive, since thumbdrives still work fine. Reformatting isn't an option, because there are important, irreplaceable files on there. It does, however, show up in control panel > Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers. I still can't access it though - When I right-click and go to browse files "Removable Disk (D: )" is written in grey. Is there anything you tech geniuses can do to help? I'm really getting desperate here...
 

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Hi,
I've connected an external Samsung USB hard drive (not a stick) to my fully updated Win 10 PC and it doesn't show up in File manager.
I've gone into Device manager and it shows it as:
'Samsung M3 Portable SCSI Disk Device'
but it's not a SCSI drive.
I tried updating the driver but Windows says it's using the best driver already. This looks like a Windows issue, so what else can I do to force it to recognise the drive?
Thanks.

Answer:External hard drive not showing

Originally Posted by tallonius


...I tried updating the driver but Windows says it's using the best driver already. This looks like a Windows issue, so what else can I do to force it to recognise the drive?



You can try uninstalling it in Device Manager and see if it will recognise it correctly the next time. You could also try it in another port (after uninstalling it). If you have a choice, try in a usb2 port.

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Today, my external hard drive has not appeared on my PC. It did work before I went to sleep yet when I began my PC in the next morning, it didn't show. Can you please help me how to fix this?
 

Answer:External hard drive not showing up on my PC

Hello there,

There are a lot of different reasons for an HDD to stop showing. A few things you can try are:

Try using a different USB cable, make sure it is as short as the original one, or even shorter. This is important it terms of providing enough power for the drive to function properly.

Try connecting it to different USB ports.

Try connecting it to a different PC.

Sometimes the drive can misbehave due to insufficient power even if it appears to be spinning make sure you connect the HDD directly to the USB port and not through a USB hub.

Check if you can see the HDD in Windows Device Manager and in Disk Management. Good luck.
 

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I have an external hard drive that I have used regularly with a Windows 7 machine via esata
that does not show up when plugged into my Windows 10 notebook via USB.
I can see it under the disk management, but there is no drive letter assigned so I cannot access it.

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Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up

If there's no letter assigned to it then it's hidden. Right click on it -> Change Drive Letter.... then assign a letter for it.

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This drive has always shown as drive FMy digital camera was shown as GNow for some reason the drive letters have been reversed. How can this happen and is there a way to correct it?No majour problem but I would like to know how it happened.Win XP SP2

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somebody may come up with the true definition of what has happened, the less informed of us say welcome to the world of computing.johnny.

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Hi everybody. I have a problem My 3TB Western Digital Hard Drive is not showing up on any PC I connect it to. The light on the drive itself is on, but no where on the PC does it register.

I am pretty sure the disks aren't spinning either, but that is probably because the computer isn't picking it up, and no vice-versa. Any help with this?

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up anywhere

Please fill in your specs.
http://www.piriform.com/speccy
Some motherboards require that you configure the BIOS to accept larger drives (2, 3Gb>).
If you're positive that the disks aren't spinning, then that's a red flag as to why the computer doesn't see the drive.

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I have an external hard drive that I have used regularly with a Windows 7 machine via esata
that does not show up when plugged into my Windows 10 notebook via USB.
I can see it under the disk management, but there is no drive letter assigned so I cannot access it.

?

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up

If there's no letter assigned to it then it's hidden. Right click on it -> Change Drive Letter.... then assign a letter for it.

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I have an external hard drive, which was one where i bought the case and wiring, and just put in the hard drive from an old computer of mine. It worked great for two years.

Now, whenever i hook it into my usb, it will not show up in my windows explorer. It does, however, show up in my device manager, as "USSB Mass Storage Device". This, combined with the do-DO noise my computer makes when i turn the hard drive on, i know my computer recognizes it, as there. it just wont let me see any of the files on it.

i have un and re installed it several times.

Ihave lots of pictures and such on it, and i do not want to lost them at all.

any help would be great.
 

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Hi,
I have a 1.5 TB Western Digital External harddrive that i purchased couple of months ago, still under warranty. Last night whilst browsing my files in the external it frooze so i did a restart. I noticed that it made a funny noise (not really grinding but not sure how to describe it) it powered on (blue light turned on) but then the hard drive didn't show up in windows explorer and windows 7 re-installed the driver software. I let it install still nothing, so i went to disk management and turns out that it's not intialised! so i went intialise then it went do you want to partition by MBR or GPT, i did MBR, i got an error saying incorrect function. I went into device manager and surely the WD was there. I plugged it in my PC and same issue. I put it on the laptop again and this time it didn't show up in disk management just device manager.

I am not sure what else to do? Please help me out
 

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing up!

Call WD, see if they have any tech bulletins on that model, does not sound good.

They had a bunch of problems with 1.5 tb drives when they first came out.

I hope you had your data in more than 1 place, it may be gone on that drive.

.
 

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My WD external harddrive will not show up on my macbook pro and I just bought it. I want to format it but as I said it doesn't show up, even when I go to disk utilities. The harddrive does show up on my windows. What to do?
 

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http://support.wdc.com/product/install.asp?wdc_lang=en
 

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So I recently purchased and installed a new hard drive in my PS3. To do that I had to reformat my Western Digital 250 GB hard drive to FAT32 format. Ok, so that's all well and good but I then decided to take my PS3, 60 GB HD (the brand escapes me, but it's a big manufacturer of hard drives) and put it in an external hard drive enclosure. I figured that it's a perfectly good hard drive so there was no sense wasting it. Anyway, as technologically impaired as I might sound after this (which I'm really not) I feel compelled to divulge that I actually did not know that two external hard drives shouldn't be too close to each other. As soon as I put one on top of the other, the 60 GB hard drive beeped and a message popped up saying it needed reformatting. So after reformatting everything a second time, I plugged in the hard drives and the 60 GB one showed up but my 250 GB one did not. It's showing up everywhere else (disk management, device manager) but not in My Computer. So I have no access to it at all. Also, I did not need to reformat the 250 GB HD since my computer gave me no message indicating that I should. I'd rather only use reformatting as an absolute last resort since it takes HOURS but if it's necessary that I'll have to break down. Throw other options at me first though.

If I lost you in the midst of all that jumble, tell me, I'd be happy to explain further.

Answer:External hard drive not showing up

Hello!

Have you tried assigning the drive a letter in Disk Management?

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I would like to know if there is a way to get Windows XP pro to think that a map network drive is a local hard disk. I'm trying to get my ftp Filezilla server to show a folder from another computer on my network but the software is not compatible with network drives, it really needs to be a local drive to work. Links don't work either.

I've tried the "subst" command in DOS but it only creates another map network drives.

Is there a software be like Deamon Tools (for virtual cd) but for network folder instead of iso file ?

Thank you!
 

Answer:Map network drive as local hard disk

Mapping a network drive makes a network share work like a local disk. A network drive is the closest you will get to a Local Disk without putting the other drive in your local pc.
 

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The 32-gigabyte (GB) NAND flash-based solid state disk (SSD) can upload and download data quickly and quietly as it uses instantly-accessible static NAND flash memory instead of the rotating discs found in hard drives.

SSD weighs only half as much as a hard drive, reads data three times faster and writes data 1,5 times quicker, it said.

It consumes a mere five percent of the electricity needed to power a hard disk drive and operates silently as it requires no motor or any other noise-making parts.
 

Answer:Samsung develops drive to replace hard disk

Awesome. Solid-state memory needs to replace ferromagnetic plates of glass. Methinks this step in technology is long overdue.
 

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Hi all

I have a 1TB Seagate expansion drive which has started giving me problems. In my computer it is referenced by local disk K: . Usually it is Seagate Expansion K: . I cannot access it,right-clicking on the drive causes explorer to crash. I have tried changing the drive letter but when opening disk management a blank screen comes up with the words "Connecting to virtual disk service". Nothing will show in disk management until the drive is disconnected form the laptop. I downloaded minitool partition wizard and using that I can see all the properties of drive. What should i do because the data is extremely important and sending it to Seagate would be too expensive

Answer:External HDD showing as local disk

We could give you some ideas but since data is extremely important:
Remove the disk and don't do anything until an expert (like Jumanji) responds.

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Hi everyone

I've been using this hard drive for a while, and now all of a sudden I cannot access it. Under My Computer, it is referenced by Local Disk (G: ). Usually, it says Seagate Expansion (G: ). When I left or right click on the disk, Windows Explorer freezes. I have tried changing the letter of the drive by using Disk Management,however Disk Management gets stuck while saying "Connecting to Virtual Disk Service...".

Any suggestions on how I can access my hard drive? Data is very important

Answer:External HDD showing as local disk

I would try another cable first, or another USB port. Chances drive is going bad or already is.

When in the past you disconnect this drive did you use Safely Remove Hardware icon in notification area? If not can damage the partition on the drive. Ever used on a different PC ? Saying local disk does not mean drive is bad, somehow seagate name was erased by incorrect shutdown, windows seeing the drive differently.

Can try Seatools here
Downloads | Seagate Check SMART status of the drive and health. Any way take a screen shot of when plugged in and disk management is open, without trying anything with the drive.

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Hello!

I'm stuck on something that I just do not understand. I cannot get my external hard drives to give me write permissions over my local network in some directions.

I recently replaced our hard drives with SSDs and with the reinstall, I had some difficulty getting the permissions on my external hard drives working correctly. I did several Google searches and read a procedure that I needed to go through adding a user called "Everyone" to each of my drives that I wanted to access and share. I did this and gave "Everyone" full read/write permissions and also went into advanced options (or wherever it is) and chose the checkbox to give all child files and folders these same permissions. It took ages but eventually it all seemed OK. I had one folder which could not be corrected this way and ended up having go change each file individually. Total pain. Anyway, I thought I was all set but if I try to move a file from Machine A to Machine B (the drives are attached to B), I get an error that I don't have permission to do this. No overrides or Admin permissions are an option and when I check the specifics it *is* correctly shared with not only Everyone but this machine as well (so it attempted to fix the permissions itself at some point). However, if I go to Machine B and grab the files from Machine A over the network, I can drag them to the correct location without problem.

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Answer:External Hard Drive Permissions Not Working Across Local Computers

I thought it may be helpful to be more specific about the error message I receive.

I get an error box that pops up and says "Destination Folder Access Denied" then "You need permission to perform this action" then "(folder name), Type: File Folder, Date Modified: (xyz). My options are "Try Again", "Skip" or "Cancel". This is what is so weird. I get no option to "Continue" for it to try to gain permission and I get no option to override it as an Administrator action which is often another option. I'm really quite stuck. It doesn't matter if I'm trying to use the internal SSD or one of the external hard drives, the error message is the same. I know the permissions work as I can see everything and it's perfect backwards from that computer to this one.

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Hello!

I'm stuck on something that I just do not understand. I cannot get my external hard drives to give me write permissions over my local network in some directions.

I recently replaced our hard drives with SSDs and with the reinstall, I had some difficulty getting the permissions on my external hard drives working correctly. I did several Google searches and read a procedure that I needed to go through adding a user called "Everyone" to each of my drives that I wanted to access and share. I did this and gave "Everyone" full read/write permissions and also went into advanced options (or wherever it is) and chose the checkbox to give all child files and folders these same permissions. It took ages but eventually it all seemed OK. I had one folder which could not be corrected this way and ended up having go change each file individually. Total pain. Anyway, I thought I was all set but if I try to move a file from Machine A to Machine B (the drives are attached to B), I get an error that I don't have permission to do this. No overrides or Admin permissions are an option and when I check the specifics it *is* correctly shared with not only Everyone but this machine as well (so it attempted to fix the permissions itself at some point). However, if I go to Machine B and grab the files from Machine A over the network, I can drag them to the correct location without problem.

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My computer recognizes that the hard drive is there as local disk E but wont actually load. I can get it to load on my tv but it wont play my movies. Please help it has a lot of important things on there,
 

Answer:External Hard drive not loading

You could try running chkdsk /f in command prompt to check and fix errors on your drive.
 

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I recently purchased a Samsung 2.5" 500GB USB external hard disk on eBay, and received it just this morning. After a bit of testing I decided I wanted to separate it into two partitions (one for data and one for my Wii games). When I tried to do that using Windows XP's disk manager, it went formatted 99% then returned a plain "Format did not complete successfully", with no additional info. Then the hard drive just disappeared. Windows explorer will not detect it (it will make the "USB device connected/disconnected" noises upon plugging it in or unplugging it from the computer however), and neither will the disk manager, which means I can't simply delete the partition and format again. The blue LED indicating connection between the drive and the computer does blink when I plug the drive in, and then it remains static until I unplug it.

Any help is really really appreciated. I'll gladly provide additional information to the best of my knowledge.
 

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I've attched my 160gb external hard rive to my laptop and it shows up in the device manager under disk drives and USB but does not show on my computer and is unusable.

I've attached it to my PC and it works fine???

Help
 

Answer:External hard drive not showing in my computer

It depends on your operating system. From past experience XP has no problem, older versions of windows need the correct driver and win95 early version wont see it at all.

Hope that helps. Rik.
 

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I'm having some problems with my Transcend StoreJet external hard drive. I had it for a while now and it was working normally until now. At first, it seemed to be fine but when I clicked on it on My Computer it asked me to format the drive. I thought that was strange so I unplugged it and re-plugged it back in. But it now doesn't even show up on My Computer anymore. I checked on Device Manager and it's there. I tried re-installing the driver but that didn't help. Please help me. I have important files on the hard drive.

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Showing Up On My Computer

With the external drive attached open Disk Management. Is the External drive listed as RAW?

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May be posting in wrong part of the forum, forgive me if I am.

Unfortunately, I have another issue. I just hooked up my external hard drive, which has some of my backed up information on it before I went and reformatted my computer.

However, even though it says that the hard drive is hooked up to the computer, I am unable to actually find it under my computer.

I stopped messing with it due to the fact that I have pictures on this hard drive and much more. I do not want to lose them. I need to take some time out of my day and actually burn these images onto discs so that way I don't lose them completely.

Any suggestions as to why the external hard drive is not showing up under my computer?
 

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my external hard drive is not showing in my computer even though the computer recognizes it !! I want to see it again but without having to delete everything on it, cause they are pretty important !! PLEASE HELP !!

Answer:External Hard Drive is not showing in (my computer)

my external hard drive is not showing in my computer even though the computer recognizes it !! I want to see it again but without having to delete everything on it, cause they are pretty important !! PLEASE HELP !!

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i have a 500G ext hard drive that doesnt appear in my computer, OS Vista, i had registry files that made my disk drive disappear from my computer (upperfilters and lowerfilters) so before deleting i was asked to back up the registry files and mistakenly backed up on ext hard drive and not desktop, in this light disk drive reappeared and ext drive disappeared, i have tried to go in regedit, but to no avail can some one help on how i can find and locate the backed up registry and delete to view my harddrive. thanx
 

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i have a seagate backup plus 5 tb drive that's around 3 months old and has worked fine up until now. something happened, no idea what, but now it shows almost no free space. the drive is completely empty, and it only has 236 kb of available drive space. i've looked in disk management and everything looks fine there. all 4600 gb is showing up. when i try adding a file over 236 kb, it says there's not enough space. formatting the drive didn't help. currently using fat, but i tried formatting ntfs and it said windows was unable to complete the format. anyone got any suggestions?
 

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Hey there. I have an issue with my Toshiba External Hard Drive not showing up on my new PC. Shows up just fine on my old PC, but doesn't so much as show up in drive management on my new pc. The only real difference between the two systems being the new PC is much faster, and it has 3.0 USB hubs instead of 2.0 USB hubs... I'm about 98% the files are there, the new PC just isn't picking it up. I'll note, though I don't know how much it has to do with anything, my drive when plugged into my old PC will show as a white light and blink white, where on my new PC it is a solid blue color and doesn't flash. And again, on my new PC, doesn't even register or show up as a partition. I will also note, every other USB item I've plugged into the same USB port functions (mouse, keyboard, speakers, thumb drives) and I've tried multiple other ports. It isn't the kind that requires an external power source (just like a giant thumb drive). It has 500 GB's total, and had about 700mb or so free last I had it open on my old PC. This is a link to the same make and model as mine. https://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Canvio-Portable-Hard-Drive/dp/B005J7YA64?th=1Any ideas on how to access my stuff on my new PC? 

Answer:Toshiba External Hard Drive not showing on new PC?

Do you have any thumb drives to test on this USB port to see if its a bad port on new computer? It could be possible for 2 of 4 wires to make connection to power the drive but no data communication on the other 2 wires. If other data devices such as a thumb drive work fine then it is likely a driver issue where the controller in the external hard drive Windows doesnt have the proper driver to mount this drive.Solutions to gain access to your data at the new computer are:- Locate the driver needed for Toshiba External USB drive support for your OS and install it so it knows how to mount this drive on new PC.- Move the hard drive inside to a different external drive caddy that the newer OS supports the drivers for- Remove the HDD from the Toshiba external case and mount it direct to a SATA Data and Power connection to a desktop computer- Connect to the old computer through a network share, and have this older computer connected to the Toshiba external drive and then from newer computer access the data on the Toshiba drive through the network share with new computer connected over network to old computer. Old computer has no problems with driver support to mount this drive and so you have access to the data.- Use a newer external hard drive that new computer can use, connect this to old computer and copy entire drive from old drive to new drive and now you have it accessible on new computer.- Connect Toshiba drive to old computer and connect a say 64GB USB stick to the old compu... Read more

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300HQ CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 94 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 12186 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 530, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 953299 MB, Free - 873133 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 08GGCV
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
 

Answer:Help External Hard drive not showing up Windows 10

I've removed the poll, as it did not pertain to this thread. Also, you are going to have to give us more info, such as the make/model of the external drive, has it ever worked, size of it, error messages (if any), etc.

thanks,

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Hi,

I've looked at various threads and still cannot solve this issue.

My Seagate Portable Drive seems to work as the green light comes on.

Screen shot of my Disk Management below. Am I missing something?

Other solutions have been to right click and assign a drive, but those listed below other that the C: don't allow.

Using OS Windows 8.1
Any help appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:External Hard Drive not showing on my laptop

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have put an hard drive into a hard drive enclosure. I double checked this was working by plugging it in as a slave in my pc. It showed up and I formatted it to ntfs. It does not show up in my computer only in device manager as a usb mass storage device, it says that this device is working properly. Its also plugged in by usb to the rear of my pc.
Please help otherwise this is going in the bin
 

Answer:Solved: New external hard drive not showing up

Set jumpers to master.
 

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HELP!!!

I have a 500gb external hard drive which, up until a few days ago, was working absolutely fine.

When I would plug it in to my laptop the device was found under 'my computer'.but would not open. Instead when I tried to open it my computer froze and the 'not responding' message was shown, resulting in a forced close of my computer. Now when I attach the hard drive and open 'my computer' the hard drive does not show at all, but 'my computer' still shows the message 'not responding', resulting in a forced close.

I've been on to a couple of forums already and tried the route of right clicking 'my computer', 'manage' and 'disk management'; but the hard drive does not appear there.

I'm at a total loss what to do and would massively appreciate your help as I have backed up company data on to this hard drive.

Thank you in advance!
 

Answer:External hard drive not showing in My Computer

Hey pcrquals. I would try the drive in another pc to narrow down where the problem is, a problem with the drive itself, or a problem with the pc recognizing the drive, which might be a problem with the USB port(s) or with the USB drivers. Does another USB device like a flashdrive work when plugged into the same port?
 

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I bought an external drive about 2 months ago, got it set up with a new partition using disk management. it worked fine, as of today for some reason it stopped working (stopped showing up in my computer, explorer, as well as disk management) im not sure what to do at this point. i have already uninstalled the drivers, plugged in the USB that connects to my external, and it updated automatically, so im guessing its not the drives/USB ports. it says everything is installed and ready to use yet i can not see the drive in my computer or disk management? any suggestions would be great...thanks

Answer:External Hard drive not showing up anymore???

First of all, test the drive in a different computer to see if it is the drive's fault or the computer's.

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Hi, I have a USB3 1TB WD Elements external hard drive which has stopped responding.
I was using it with the laptop sorting out files I'd backed up ready to put back onto my laptop after a 'return to factory settings'. It worked no problem.

Then I attached it to my TV to watch some stored films from it. At first the logo's showed and it tried to play some then just became unresponsive and was not even recognised as being attached to the TV. The light came on the hard drive as if it was working. We are travelling in a motorhome, and during this time the 12 volt power consumption acted as if a film was playing. There was ample power available.

When I attached it back onto my laptop it made the usual noise indicating that a USB device had been attached and the lights came on the hard drive, but it does not show up in Windows Explorer.
The first few times I got the green usb logo bottom right task bar, and it showed there as being attached when I click to remove a device. Now it does not seem to get the green usb logo even.

It makes the usual sounds when attached and detached.

I have tried 2 different laptops with same results.

I know there were some files on the hard drive when I got it. One was for a software trial and a couple of others. If I have deleted these accidentally, could that have caused the problem?

All my back up stuff is on there, so please can anyone help?

Thanks, Jan
 

Answer:external hard drive not showing contents

Hi, just some extra information in case it helps.

I have tried using it on my Asus Eee Shell series 1001PX notebook and my Acer Aspire 5542g laptop.

I have looked in Device Manager where it shows up and says it is working properly. Under volumes there is no information given against all the titles disc; type; status etc.

Hope this helps

Jan
 

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I have had a WD Hard drive connected to my computer for over a year and since added a second one in a 'firewire' daisy chain. The original is a 250G and the new one is a 500G. BOTH have been working for months but, on occasion, one or the other "disappears".

In the past I have restarted my computer and it shows up but, that is not happening this time. Oddly enough the one that is NOT showing up is the original 250G HD. My computer recognizes the 500G that is 'daisy chained' to it but NOT the original 250G.

How does this happen? Can I prevent this in the future? And...more importantly ... how can I fix this??

Thank you for any help you can provide
 

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Okay, so this is the first time I have ever used a usb connection for my sata 3.5" hard drive and I need some help, I plugged it in drivers installed fine and then I went to my computer to see if I can find it, no such luck. So I was wondering if you guys could help.
Pictures in case you need them.
 

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Recently I removed my external hard drive from my computer to use it with my laptop.  Since hooking it back up to my desk top it no longer shows up on the Task Bar and I don't know whether I should remove it from the UBS cable without being able to click on an Icon in the Task Bar letting me know it is OK to remove it without dire consequences.  Does anyone out there have any idea how I can get the Icon back that shows removable hardware on the TaskBar?  The external hard drive seems to be working just fine.

Answer:External Hard drive not showing up on Taskbar

Try this...http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htmLine 5

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I have an external Iomega 320 gig hard drive (FAT32) however only 298 gigs is showing in Windows(XP), Belarc shows 320 gigs. Why does Win only show 298gigs?

Answer:External hard drive only showing 298 gigs

The drive is correct, Windows way of size is different to manufactures

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I have a 1.5TB WD external hard drive. It was running extremely slow so i ran a defrag and it fixed it. But it also has a mac partition on it so i ran the repair disk thing for mac in disk utility.
However my mac is a laptop so it ran out of battery part way through the operation. Now when i plug it in it both the mac and PC it is not picked up in explorer and Disk management (under computer management).

So no partitions show up in either finder on mac or explorer on windows

Edit: When i connect the hard drive it has a flashing light on it like it normally does when it connecting to pc just before it shows up in explorer. It has been flashing like this for hours as it has been plugged into pc this whole time. when it connects and shows up in explorer and is not in use that light normally stays solid
 

Answer:Need help with a external hard drive not showing up in explorer

I'd start with test disk:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
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FWIW: I have Ubuntu on my Netbook. If I start a lengthy operation like defrag on battery, it will ask me if I really want to do that. I've run into a number of prompts like that, and it makes me wonder why Windows never figured that out.
 

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I have a internal western digital drive mounted in an external caddy. its not showing in Disk Drives in device manager but is showing under universal serial bus controllers as Cypress AT2LP. Its an IDE type drive and I have moved the jumper settings around but still cant get it recognised in 'My Computer'.
Anyone come across this before. Help appreciated

Answer:external hard drive not showing in 'My Computer'

I also had this problem and found that the only solution was to 'flash' the EEPROM.
It was a very simple process which may require several re-boots and it does work.
Try here:
cypress

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My External hard drive that worked well with WIndows 8.1, does not appear on "This PC" after I upgraded to windows 10 (Dell Inspiron) . Upon connecting the USB plug, I hear rge right sound, and the device manager shows an icon with the comment "V:I product string, Driver error". What do I do next?

Answer:My External hard drive worked with WIn 8.1, but not showing with Win 10, why?

With the device plugged in, check windows update.
Also what is the model of the hard drive? Have you checked the manufacturer website for a firmware update?

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My external usb hard drive was connected to a pc which crashed. On rebooting and trying to use the drive it tells me it is not formatted. Do you know anyway to recover the data? It was my main backup and contains a friends itunes collection and guess what his pc has died. I can only assume that the mbr has been garbled but know no way of getting in to rewrite it. It is a Maxtor 320GB. Any suggestions gratefully received. Thanks in advance.

Answer:External usb hard drive showing as unformatted

Don't know whether this may help click here but worth a read.

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When I plugged my WD External Hard Drive into my laptop, it asked me to format the disk before using. So I tried to format but failed. Then I used KillDisk to kill it.

Now whenever I plug the external drive into my laptop or desktop, it is not showing up in My Computer but its light still flashes. Can someone please help me out? How can I make it work again?

Many thanks in advance.
 

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I have a 1TB external hard disk from Transcend.
I had 4 drives in it with one has BITLOCKER enabled. I was trying to make a drive bootable. But something went wrong and the system hanged up.
Now only 1 drive of the 4 is being shown in the computer.
The disk management shows only one drive with the whole 931gb while the computer is showing the same with the memory i allocated(201gb) to it with all the data.
Drive Letters are getting assigned to other 3 drives, and while trying to access them using DOS, it says "THE DEVICE IS NOT READY".
chkdsk cant find any error, tried some other tools to but no progress.
Please suggest what can fix the problem. Formatting the whole drive and then retrieving data can do, but the most important data are encrypted. Please Help

Answer:External Hard drive not showing all the drives

For the first part, have you thought about using a linux live cd or dvd to access your hdd's contents and pull out what you need and put them somewhere safe ?
Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer - How-To Geek

Ubuntu is one way of doing it, I prefer suse v11 or higher to get anything done majorly with hdd disk problems.
Next, you might want to take your external hdd and partition them into 3 parts that you need for whatever your doing.
If not, just give it a 1 hour long format using NTFS, check the drive for errors and finish up with it.
Best Free Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

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