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My Buffalo 120 GB External Hard Disk recognised, but not responding!

Question: My Buffalo 120 GB External Hard Disk recognised, but not responding!

Hi....

I have a Buffalo 120 GB external Hard Disk that i connect to my HP Compaq Pressario M2000. It has been with me since 2 yrs. It was always fine, except for not being recognised a few months ago....it came back all by itself. So i was fine. I have a lot of data in it which is very important. So please give me any option other than formatting it.

When i rightclick on my My Computer and go to Manage > Disk Management and it shows me my Drive as F: 111.78 GB Healthy (Active).
But it does not display the name that i have given it (Rockin Ram) and when i try opening it, it says " F: is not acessible " The file drive is corrupted and unreadable ".

I have an internet connection with unlimited download, so please let me know if i need to download some software or install anything to repair it. I will do it, but please help me with this issue.
I believe you coz my previous problem was solved by you people !

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Answer: My Buffalo 120 GB External Hard Disk recognised, but not responding!

The drive could have failed. Try to plug it into another pc if you have another one.

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Good day everyone.

I have 500gb Buffalo HD and the problem is that when I plug it in my laptop it makes a clicking noise then after a while the noise stop. And also it does not appear in Computer,it was only appearing in the control panel. I tried disk management and other software to retrieve and solve this but it doesnt work. Can I still recover my file without going to retrieval company? can I still save my hard disk and use it again? thanks
 

Answer:Buffalo external hard disk problem

Doesn't sound like it. Sounds like you are hosed. Suppose you could try the freezer trick, although I've never seen it work.
 

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Hi,I have an external USB Buffalo hard disk attached to my Lenovo E73 W7 Pro PC.If i boot with it connected then the PC won't boot through to Windows until i disconnect the Buffalo.I have been into the Bios and set the boot order to not only styart with the HD but also ignore USB and CD ROM.Interestingly before i changed the Bios it would stop the boot and when i disconnected the Buffalo i would get the option to go the bios; now that i have changed the bios although it still doesn't boot through to Windows, when i disconnect the Buffalo the Windows spalsh screen appears immediately. So..My thoughts are that the bios change has been a good thing and now there is a Windows option that needs to be changed to make it boot to Windows ignoring the Buffalo until it has started. Has anyone any advice please? Cheers,Simon  

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Hello. I've had the above drive for about a year & a half. It worked fine (on Win XP Home) up until a few days ago, when I connected it to my new laptop (Win 7).
On connecting, a warning message came up saying that Windows had detected disk errors - did I want to scan it? I said Yes, it completed the scan (no errors), but I couldn't access any of the files in Windows Explorer. I Safely Removed USB Hardware and tried again, but said No to the error scan ("Are you sure, some files may be corrupted?"). On continuing, I could see all my files.
I then selected Windows Scandisk, and once the scan completed the HDD was very slow to select. It didn't show any of my files again, and showed the following error messages whenever I tried to access it:
Local Disk (E)
You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it.
Do you want to format it?
Error checking
The disk check could not be performed because the disk is not formatted.
The disk check could not be performed because Windows can't access the disk.
Would you like to format the disk?
Location is not available
E:\ is not accessible.
The volume does not contain a recognised file system.
Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.
I have tried it on all 4 USB2/3 ports, and my other Buffalo external HDDs work fine.
The HDD appears as 'Buffalo HD-PETU2 USB Device' in:
Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers
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Answer:Buffalo HD-PET640U2/R-EU external HDD not recognised

Test Disk will recover FAT and files see here

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Buffalo HD-PET640U2/R-EU

Hello. I've been having problems with the above drive (similar to this previous thread). I've had the drive for about a year & a half. It worked fine (on Win XP Home) up until a few days ago, when I connected it to my new laptop (Win 7).

On connecting, a warning message came up saying that Windows had detected disk errors - did I want to scan it? I said Yes, it completed the scan (no errors), but I couldn't access any of the files in Windows Explorer. I Safely Removed USB Hardware and tried again, but said No to the error scan ("Are you sure, some files may be corrupted?"). On continuing, I could see all my files.

I then selected Windows Scandisk, and once the scan completed the HDD was very slow to select. It didn't show any of my files again, and showed the following error messages whenever I tried to access it:

Local Disk (E)
You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it.
Do you want to format it?

Error checking
The disk check could not be performed because the disk is not formatted.
The disk check could not be performed because Windows can't access the disk.
Would you like to format the disk?

Location is not available
E:\\ is not accessible.
The volume does not contain a recognised file system.
Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.

I have tried it on all 4 USB2 & USB3 ports, and my other Buffalo external HDDs work f... Read more

Answer:Buffalo HD-PET640U2/R-EU external HDD not recognised

Hi,

Do NOT format it - that will result in you losing your files.

Use the Partition Wizard partition recovery software to try and recover the partition to another disk.

Regards,
Golden

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I have a Seagate External Hard Disk connected to my Vista computer by USB. I do not keep my Hard Disk switched on all the time because I only use it for extra storage. I never usually shut down my Computer, as I find sleep mode excellent. My problem is that often, when I switch off the HD and try to switch it on again at a later date, the computer does not recognise it. It does not register on Windows Explorer. Switching the HD off and on does not cure it. This does not happen every time, but when it does, the only way I can cure it is to do a restart, which I find takes too long on Vista. The restart solves the problem every time. I there any cure for this problem. Incidentally, every time I switch off the HD, I go through the 'Safely Remove Hardware' routine. And I have another Freecom HD which never gives me this problem, although it is used very infrequently. Also My USB devices work through a powered hub, but by-passing the hub does not make a difference, and I never have this difficulty with any of my other USB devices. Allan.
 

Answer:External Hard Disk not recognised.

I have not received any offers of help in response to this post. Are there no suggestions at all? Allan
 

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Hi,

I have a Buffalo ministation HD-PF500U2 500gb portable hard drive, and an ASUS laptop running Vista.

The problem is this: Whenever I plug my hard drive in, its light begins green, but turns yellow, and the computer makes absolutely no indication that it has recognised it. I went to device manager and saw a USB Mass Storage Device apparently recognised, but nothing in My Computer, and no way to access it. So I chose to 'uninstall' this Mass Storage Device on Device Manager (since Device Manager told me it was still plugged in, even when it wasn't) and then plugged my hard drive back in. I got the 'installing device driver software' message, and was told it was all fine, but the light went yellow again, and still no way to access the files.

I've tried microsofts MATS program for devices, and that tells me that some hardware changes have not been recognised, but that it has fixed the problem. It tells me this every time I run it.

Any advice?

Thanks all,

Bob
 

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Hi can someone help please? I have a buffalo external hard drive that is recognised in system and say's drivers are working. But I can not access any files from it either through the computer or software. anyone got any ideas as to why. It was working fine up until yesterday.
 

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Hi, does anyone know of "Buffalo"s reliability? It seems my current external drive is about to give up. Its a Western Digital 'My Book' 320gb and its making odd "clicking noises".Yesterday it disappeared from 'my computer' and i eventually got it working after pulling out all the plugs and re-booting pc. The "Buffalo DriveStation" 500gb looks a good buy from Play.com for 50. Any thoughts please - Tony

Answer:Buffalo External Hard Drive

To save me typing twice click here

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Hi Everyone,

I am using a Buffalo LinkStation (LS-QVL), it is configured for RAID 10 and has 4 Terabytes of capacity. I am not using anywhere near the full capacity (instead I am only using about 6%!). It has occurred to me that I should make an off-site backup of the content on the LinkStation. Toward this end I would like to backup the contents of the LinkStation to an external USB hard drive.

Can anybody tell me if it is possible to backup files from this NAS to an external hard drive? If it is possible any advice on how to set this up will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo
 

Answer:Backing up Buffalo NAS to an external hard drive

Unless your NAS has a provision to mount the external hard drive via USB and supports file transfers between the volumes, you're going to have to do this over the network with the external hard drive connected to a PC that is connected to the NAS.
 

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Hi all,

New to this site, so hope this is in the right place and hope you can help!

I have just purchased a 500G Buffalo external hard drive, HD-PC500U2/BK-EU. Plug it in and it is recognised by my P.C (running XP) but I cannot go any further and cannot run the DriveNavi.exe file which is on the external HD. All I get are the following error messages

The application failed to inialize properly (0xc0000006). Click OK to terminate the application.

and

F:\DriveNavi.exe
Only part of a ReadProcessMemory or WriteProcessMemory request was completed

and

F:\DriveNavi.exe is not a valid Win32 application

I have trawled the net to try to find a solution and Buffalo support are no use at all...and extremely frustrated and would appreciate any help, please

AP3
 

Answer:Buffalo External Hard drive problem-Help please!

That sounds like an autorun request for the bundled DriveNavi.exe program. And "trawled the net"? . I think you've gotta format the HDD. That might just do the trick.
 

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Hi,I usually have my buffalo external hdd connected to my dell studio 15. I tried shutting down once but accidentally put it into hibernation. So after it hibernated I switched it back on, the hdd would spin up a couple of times, but as it got to the desktop it would spin down. I try to access the hdd and I can see the folders etc, when I try entering a folder such as "music" for example, the hdd would spin up, but then a message would say the folder music is unavailable. So I refresh the window, and the music folder disappears! just like that, now after the spin up, i can access the rest of the folders, but the "music" is just gone forever. Does anyone know what's going on or how I can get that folder back. It was actually the "documents" folder in my case, but music was an example.Thanks

Answer:Buffalo external hard drive and Vista Hibernation

hi again, Problem has been fixed and the files are still there! Basically used vista scan disk to fix errors option and it recovered my files. Phew....thought I'd lost it all.

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My Buffalo external drive shows empty on window 7 pro, no previous signs of malfunction just a little slow before this incident.
when i trying to right click and check properties, after a while windows shows a message saying " data error (Cyclic redundancy check)"
It contains all my family photos for the last years, please if anyone can help me with this issue I will appreciate
thanks

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I have subject device running from Win7 64 bit.
It's decided to show capacity as 49.5Gb instead of 1Tb.
Any ideas welcomed.
Rick

Answer:Buffalo Ministation 1TB USB 2.0 Slimline Portable External Hard Drive

On the search window type Disk manage. From the options, open "Create and format hard disk partitions"
Expand the Status column so it can be readable.
Take a snapshot of the screen and upload the image.

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Can anyone tell me if the above Exteral HDD will be compatable with windows 8. It works fine with Windows 7 Premium. Thanks.

Moonshine.

Answer:Buffalo MiniStation Lite 320 Gb Portable USB 2.0 External Hard Drive..

Unlikely anyone has your specific drive. But in general, i've never seen a USB device that didn't work in Windows 8 that worked in Windows 7.

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I have a buffalo 500gb external HD which I use mainly as a back up for photos/docs/vids etc., I have been deleting alot of uneccessary things on it and it now contains only 47gb of material, however when I click on the properties it is still showing 270gb free of 465gb, this means that there is still 195gb of material when in fact there is only 47gb of material on it in total - how can this be?? I have unplugged the buffalo drive, left it a while and replugged it in but its still showing (in the properties of the drive) that it has 270gb free of 465gb, very odd, thanks LAPTOPDUNCE

Answer:buffalo external hard drive showing wrong amount in properties???

Show hidden and system files click here
If there is a Recycle Bin Folder on the drive, go into it and Empty or manually delete contents.

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Hello..my external hard disk recently cannot be seen in My Computer.I try to find at disk management and i found it but it show like in the picture..i really dont want to format my external hard disk because inside it many of my important data stored in it..can someone help me to solve this problem other than format my external hard dosk?i really need my data in my external...your help is much needed

Answer:Xternal Hard Disk can't detect at my computer(Buffalo Ministation 1TB)

Hello Chaosadan and welcome to Seven Forums.

According to your screenshot the external hard drive (Disk 1) has no data on it. All 931.51GB is unallocated (unused) space. It also doesn't have a drive letter assigned to it. So for some reason your computer is treating the external hard drive as a newly formatted (blank) drive. Can you assign a drive letter to the external drive? Perhaps that will allow your computer to recognize the external drive and the data on it.

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

A second possibility is to use a free utility called MiniTool Partition Wizard. It has a function called Partition Recovery that lets you scan for and recover lost or deleted partitions.

MiniTool Partition Wizard

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HI folks...

Hope someone can help with my problem...

I have an external USB disk drive which until yesterday was functioning perfectly. Yesteday evening i cleaned up the drive, and backup lots of data.

When connecting today windows (XP SP2 - fully updated) popped up the new hardware found wizard - strange as the disk has been in use for over a year on all installed USB ports..

Initially i though it a local machine OS issue, but have ruled that out by connecting to another pc which has recongised the disk on previous occasions...

so...( please correct me if im wrong) either ive deleted something on the external disk that i should not have, or the disk is faulty for some reason ( assuming this as the problem occurs on multiple machines)

any ideas please folks.. ?

thanks
Joe
 

Answer:External USB disk not recognised (after file cleanup..)

found the problem - seems the usb controller in the external casing is buggered..

installed the disk in a desktop and the data is still there...

phew.....
 

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Problem:
I have two external hard drives that I have been using for backups etc. on my desktop running Windows 10 Home. I connected the external drives to my HP Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 to copy some files andit has changed the ownership to the external drives laptop user!
Now when I connect the external drives back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home the drives are not recognised anddon?t even show in Disk Management!
Question:
How can I get the external drives to be recognised and change ownership back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home?

Answer:External hard drive not recognised

I was going to suggest trying Acronis Disk Director or anything similar, however, I'm not certain if such will help or not. If I can remember the possible "clicks," I'll post back.

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Hi,

I'm having a problem with a WD MyBook External Hard Drive.

I was at a friends house and they accidently knocked my hard drive over, the drive was standing upright on the floor (as we were about to use it) plugged in to the power but not in the computer, and she accidently knocked it and it fell on its side. I then went to use it, and it wasnt working, was not being recognised by my friends computer. When I got back to my computer I tried it and the same thing is happening, there is a noise coming from it, and the light is on, saying it is connected to a computer, but it has not come up in Computer as anything and it does not come up when connected to my ps3.

It would be annoying enough that the hard drive may be broken, but only 2 days ago I did a clean install of my computer, and this is my only back up, and there are so many personal and important documents that have yet to be transferred over.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Being Recognised

I have some bad news for you. if the drive was on when it was knocked over, the heads were in near-contact with the drive platters. That means that the heads probably hit the platter while it was spinning (this is called a head crash). Your drive is probably hosed.

Courtney
 

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Hi all...I bought a BUFFALO hard drive and transfered all our pics before replacing desk top for a new laptop (DELL INSPIRON)
Problem is laptop doesn't recognise this device when pluuged in no prompts not showing anywhere...Really worried as all our wedding photos are on it...Any advice appreciated...Be gentle I'm not very PC literate :)

Answer:External hard drive not recognised-Help!

is buffalo powered up?
check if drive seen in device manager or disk manager

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I disconnected the external USB hard disc, which had been functioning normally up to now, after cancelling a backup. On next booting the computer I got the message that a USB device was not recognised which I have traced to the USB hard drive. I have checked all the connections, removed the wires from the computer and reconnected them but still no recognition. Is there a way in which I can get the computer to "see" the hard drive?

Answer:External hard disc now not recognised

Can you see the drive in
1 device manager?
2 disk management?

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hi there.Neither of my pc's will now recognise my external hard drive, says to format the drive. But I can't do this or I will lose all my stuff. My LG smart tv will recognise the drive however. Is there anyway to access my photos, videos etc and put them back on my laptop? Thank you/

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Hi guys,Thanks again for your help on my previous thread regarding my Vaio Tower not working after the storms last week also my modem is broken so the problem must have been thro the phone line.Well the beast is back working after pc world fixed it BUT!! on re plugging my Seagate external hard drive it tells me in the tool bar that it doesnt recognise the USB device.The drive is full of life Green light fan working etc..what has happened??.I have checked thro the troubleshooting properties on route hub as told.All my music is on here nightmare you trust in a external drive in case of the nightmare storm or program loss so is the data still on there? what do you recommend (other USB'S ARE OK BY THE WAY)Please can you help.Cheers

Answer:External hard drive not recognised HELP!!

See if you can get a flash drive or other device such as a printer to work on the same USB port you're using for the Seagate.Try the Seagate on a different USB port - are there any USB expansion cards fitted to the pc? if so try using that instead .

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Hi there,

I've just bought a Verbatim External Hard Drive - 640GB. When I connect it to my PC [Compaq Presario 5000] using the supplied USB lead, I get the message "USB Device not recognised".

I have tried all the USB ports on the PC and have re-booted several times without any luck.

I attached it to my laptop and it worked within seconds so there's no problem with the hardware.

Any help and advice gratefully received.
Regards
Mark
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognised via USB

Have you tried any other USB devices on the aging Compaq 5000? You can try installing newer chipset drivers, that might help, or go to Windows Updates, go to the optional hardware updates and see if a newer USB driver is available...
 

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I've got a new external hard drive that should be plug and play. When I plug it in the computer "beeped" and said there was new hardware but then it is not shown in My computer.

I'm also having a similar problem with my ipod - it is not showing in my computer or itunes. However I'm not having the same problem with other external hard drives.

Any ideas?

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Hi,

I lent my external hard drive to a friend who is not very computer savvy.... and since its return it is not being recognised by my computer.

i dont believe that it is not because it dosent have a letter allocated to it.

in disk management it shows WD Ext HDD 1021 USB Device properties.... it said that this device is working properly, but then it also says that Disk 1 is unallocated?

i have plugged external hd into two other computers, they do not recognise it and i have also plugged in another hd into my computer, which picks it up automatically.

my friend who borrowed the hd is not very computer savvy, but from what he told me, i think he has formatted it?

i have checked the device manager and there dosent seem to be anything out of the ordinary.

ANY HELP will be muchly appreciated!

if it helps, it is a WD brand.... oh, and yes it was working fine when i first got it a week ago.

Answer:External Hard drive not recognised

Hello Tahnead, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Your friend deleted your hard drive leaving it as unallicated space (unformatted).

If you did not need the data that was on it, then you can just use Disk Management to format and create a new "simple volume" with it. The STEP TWO section in the tutorial below can help show you how to if needed.

Disk Management - Shrink Partition


If you needed to try and recover the data on the drive, then you see if using Paragon Partition Manager Personal edition may be able to undelete the drive's partition for you. Unfortunately, the edition of this program that allows you to undelete a partition is not free and costs $9.95.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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My Gericom external hard drive is now not being recgnised in my computer. it used to be. wonder what's happened.

Answer:External hard drive not NOW being recognised

Try taking the cover of it and then Reseat the Drive Ribbon Plugs

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I have 2 external hard discs which I use for back up purposes. Both are on the hardware compatibility list:

Iomega 1 Tb drive connected via usb (no lights and completely dead)
Seagate 160 Mg Freeagent classic (power seems to come on when connected via usb)

After installing Windows 7 32bit neither are recognised as a device or on disc management. Both work perfectly on XP and Vista

Any ideas

Answer:External Hard Disc not recognised

See this thread.

External Hard Drive Not Detected

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I have a toshiba external hard drive which my computer is not recognising. It has all my photos on so I really do want to get it working.I have tried removing and replacing the plugs to no avail. The hard drive does not make any sounds when switched on, but power is getting to it as the light comes on. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Answer:External hard drive not recognised

Does it show in device manager?or any sign when you plug in the USB port.What operating system are you using?Have you tried it on another machine?Can you check the internal connections on the drive?

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I realise there are loads of these kind of threads but none of them are quite the same problem as mine. My Hard Drive has been working fine for a long time but is now not being recognised by computers. The power light goes on, but when plugged into different computers different usbs and with a different usb cable, there is no change to the computer and the hard drive doesnt start movfing and making noise.
I realise its probably broken but is there anysoftware I can get that will find it just so i can recover some data?
Thanks for your help
 

Answer:External Hard Drive Not recognised

Try and take it out of the enclosure and hook it direct as a second HD....if it is getting power and it isn't spinning......then if the taking out of enclosure doesn't work..then data recovery company might help but the data would have to be very important as very very expensive.
 

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Sorry if this is in the wrong place but I need advice on my IdeaPad 510, it does not recognise my HP external hard drive. I've tried plugging the external drive into all the USB slots, with no luck. The laptop is brand new, only bought three days ago, and my USB storage stick works in it, so I can't work out why it won't find my HP drive. The drive isn't faulty, worked perfectly on my old Toshiba, and lights up when plugged into my Lenovo, but when I go to the 'This PC' section it's nowhere to be seen. I've even looked on HPs website I case I need to download a driver but the HP website says that there isnt any drivers for my external hard drive. Can anybody help me figure this out please? I have a lot of work on that drive, as well as family photos, that I need to access. Thanks in advance

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognised

fletcher89 wrote:The drive isn't faulty, worked perfectly on my old Toshiba, and lights up when plugged into my Lenovo, but when I go to the 'This PC' section it's nowhere to be seen.Have you plugged in and switched on the separate power supply for the external hard drive?  The external drive may require more power than can be supplied by your Lenovo via the USB connection.  If this is the case, the LED will light on the hard drive, but there will be insufficient power to spin the disk or handle read/write requests correctly. The old Toshiba may have provided more power via USB than the new Lenovo can. -- from CyberSimian in the UK

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Can anyone shed some light. I have a 40 Gb external USB hard drive attached to my PC. Which was being used exclusively as storage and my PC recognised it no problem. Today I actually installed it into my PC (internal), reformatted it and loaded Windows XP home onto it. As I wanted to save my existing hard disk just in case and install a clean O/S to swap over eventually. I have since taken this disk back out and connected it via USB again and it is not being recognised at all by Win XP. Is it therefore true that if there is an O/S loaded on an external USB hard drive that it cannot be recognised let alone booted to. Any advice is much appreciated....
 

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I use two external drives as archive and back up, a Seagate 260GB and a Freecom 300GBMy Freecom suddenly has become unavailable because Windows "cannot find a driver for Cypress AT2LP RC42" Looking on the net shows a lot of such problems around Dec 2006 but I can find any solution listed other than A)Buying a new drive or B) Buying a new External Drive case and fitting the old drive into it. The first would result in the loss of all data on the drive (- It should be backed up on the Seagatebut who knows if there has been a seperate malfunction?)The secondbeg the question of would the new case acually work.Does anyone know of a way to get the missing driver?

Answer:External Hard drive not recognised

This may be of help to you, just ignore the one who says through it in the dustbin.click here

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Good Evening, i need some help!

For the past month i have been trying to free up my computer by moving all my music and itunes from the computer's hard drive to an external drive i recently bought. Sounds easy huh?

Since day 1 the drive has not worked (although it formats fine i can't seem to get data on there) and a couple of days before this my ipod would not be recognised in itunes and update as normal. I think the external drive is fine but when i tried it on an old computer it did not show up. So i started investigating...

Been getting the message on the new Buffalo hard drive=

"F: is not accessible. The maximum number of secrets that may be stored in a single system has been exceeded."

After doing some research i have got a hint that the issue may lie with malware / windows due to malware and possibly effecting both.

But one can only guess?...I'm a total novice in computers really need some advice as i don't want to reinstall and risk losing anything or ruin my computer so it has even more disfunctionality for the other users. I'm using Windows XP + SP-2 btw.

With the Ipod i've tried the basics (using a different usb, restarting the computer, re-installing itunes, restoring the ipod which never finishes so i'm left back on square 1.) The ipod used to show up in my computer and now does not and it's the same with this new external hard drive.

I've run SuperAntispyware and previously Malwareby... Read more

Answer:External hard drives not recognised! why?

Welcome to Major Geeks!


Please follow the instructions in the READ & RUN ME FIRST link given futher down and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.
If you have problems where no tools seem to run, please try following the steps given in the below and then continue on no matter what you find. You only need to try the TDSSserv steps if having problems getting scans in the Read & Run Me First.

TDSSserv Non-Plug & Play Driver Disable

If something does not run, write down the info to explain to us later but keep on going.
Do not assume that because one step does not work that they all will not.
READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide


Helpful Notes:

If you run into problems trying to run the READ & RUN ME or any of the scans in normal boot mode. You can run steps in safe boot mode but make sure you tell us what you did later when you post logs. See the below if you do not know how to boot in safe mode:
Starting your computer in Safe mode

If you have problems downloading on the problem PC, download the tools and the manual updates for SUPERAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes and Spybot ( links are given in the READ & RUN ME) onto another PC and then burn to a CD. Then copy them to the problem PC. You will have to skip getting updates if (and only if) your internet connection does not work. Yes you could use a flash drive too but flash drives are writeable and infections can spread to them.
To avoid addtional delay in gettin... Read more

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Problem:
I have two external hard drives that I have been using for backups etc. on my desktop running Windows 10 Home. I connected the external drives to my HP Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 to copy some files andit has changed the ownership to the external drives laptop user!
Now when I connect the external drives back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home the drives are not recognised anddon?t even show in Disk Management!
Question:
How can I get the external drives to be recognised and change ownership back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home?

Answer:External hard drive not recognised

I was going to suggest trying Acronis Disk Director or anything similar, however, I'm not certain if such will help or not. If I can remember the possible "clicks," I'll post back.

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Please can anyone help me? I have an external hard drive but when i plug it into my computer through the usb port it is connecting but it does not come up in my computer and i cannot access it. When looking at the properties for the hard drive it says it is at location: 0. does anyone have any idea how to initialize the hard drive and get it working on my computer??thanks

Answer:Have external hard drive but not being recognised

Has it been formatted? That is required to be seen in Windows. Right click and choose format FAT32 or NTFS, whichever file system you are using on your main drive.

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I have purchased an external hard drive case and installed a second hand 40 GB hard drive. Win XP Home reconizes it as a mass storage drive but it dosn't appear in Explorer.The hard drive has been formatted (I'm told) but I don't know what file system was used. Where do I Start?

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognised

In disk manager,check it is really formated.

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Hi,

I've been using a 1TB iOmega external hard drive with my laptop for about a month and a few days ago it stopped working and isn't being recognised, the power light comes on when i connect the usb cable to the laptop but there is no noise from the hard drive at all and it doesn't show in disk management.

I took it into work with me and connected to my work PC (which runs XP) and it works fine, also tried it on another laptop which is running Vista and it doesn't work.

any ideas? Laptop is an HP Pavilion DV6

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Being Recognised

The first thing that comes to my mind is, does this external hdd have its own powersupply or does it receive its power from the USB ports only?

If it has its own powersupply, check with iOmega: https://iomega-na-en.custhelp.com/app/home and see if your hdd requires drivers for Windows 7. In years past, iOmega required drivers for all of its stuff whereas other products you could just plug into the usb and they would work.

If it receives its power from the USB ports, try to use a cable that has two ends for the USB ports, it could be just a lack of power. I have 1 TB (not iomega) that would not work from my front USB ports but will work from the rear USB ports of my desktop.

Let me know how this turns out for ya...

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Hello everyone,
Once again i need your help. I have an external hard drive, and a lot of data saved on it. My laptop recognises it, but i can't access it. When i go to device manager and try intialize, it says it is not ready.

Thanks for ur help

Answer:External Hard drive not recognised

Is this a small portable drive or one of the larger ones?
Does it have external power for the external enclosure?
I would also verify the wire you are using.

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Hi first post here. My portable hard drive stops showing up all of a sudden. It is connected to a USB hub. When I go to 'Disk Management' in 'Computer Management', the hard drive shows up as Unknown - Not Initialised. Also this hard drive works while not using the USB hub, and the USB hub works as well with other devices. Please help, I need this fixed soon. Thanks!

Answer:External hard drive not recognised

Powered or unpowered hub? If it unpowered its drawing all its power from the one USB port its plugged into. USB 2 ports are limited to 500 ma max. If you have more than one device on the hub its likely not supplying enough current for the hard drive to function properly. A powered hub can supply 500 ma per port.

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Thank you in advance to any help I receive. Here is my story...

My Versa NEC E2000 notebook has had several problems under warranty since purchased under lease 2.5yrs ago - it's had 3 hard drives and 1 motherboard replaced under warranty. NEC advised a global replacement program for the battery.
So I had my hubby undo the base of the computer to check out whether my battery part number fell into the range requiring replacement, which he did so that I could submit it to NEC for replacemt Since then (don?t why seeing the 2 areas aren?t connected?) my DVD/cd drive has been faulty. It intermittently will not read cds/dvds and won?t write new discs PLUS it makes this awful ?whirring? and ?scraping noises? when you press the eject button & close unit (whether disc in it or not) or upon start-up.

Basically I couldn?t rely on it & because it was similar to problems that occurred when I ended up with the other warranty repairs I began to freak I would lose my data & programs. I had a small portable external hard drive which I kept as much pictures (semi pro photographer so I have 1000s of digital files) and business data on as possible - I had tried backing up to it but it wouldn?t take the everything on my notebook plus the stuff already on small drive. Seeing I couldn?t write stuff to cd/dvds we decided to go and buy bigger external hard drive. (I have virus/adware/spy scanning in place & used to backup to discs and/or my small ex... Read more

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Hello
Me again - I decided to try once more plugging my maxtor drive in... and guess what it turned up on my device manager this time stating 465.76 Gb space 100% free. This has shocked me being that I have attempted this approx 10 times prior to posting during the day and NOW it shows up. The drive has been making noises ever since (10mins +) but it doesnt show up on my computer still. Please please help me. I am going crazy here wondering what the heck is going on. If i have to return the maxtor under warranty and my NEC under its extended warranty then fine - but i really want my data back first.
Wishing for a computer angel.
Shells
 

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Problem:
I have two external hard drives that I have been using for backups etc. on my desktop running Windows 10 Home. I connected the external drives to my HP Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 to copy some files and it has changed the ownership to the external drives laptop user!
Now when I connect the external drives back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home the drives are not recognised!!
Question:
How can I get the external drives to be recognised and change ownership back on my desktop running Windows 10 Home??

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my wd hard drive is no longer being recognised by my laptop, absolutly nothing happens when i plug it in. it does however work on my mothers laptop. please can you help.
 

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Hi All,
My 1.5tb Samsung Story Station has stopped being recognised by my computer. When I go to disk management, the disc shows but says the whole disk is empty when in fact it has lots of files on. The light flashes but it sounds like it's not getting enough power or something.
The strange thing is when I plug it into my tv (it has a usb port for playing video files), I can access all the files and watch the films etc on there with no problems. The light is solid when it is plugged into this which is what is expected.
Please can anyone help?

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognised

Refresh USB Ports
Use Drive clean up to remove USB device drive info from the registry
http://www.uwe-sieber.de/files/drivecleanup.zip
Reboot
then plug in drive and see if windows finds and recognises all the files

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hi all,

i would like to ask you a very basic question:

What is the difference between an external hard disk and an internal hard disk mounted on external enclosure?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure risky in terms of loosing the data?

Is using internal hard disk in external enclosure reliable to use?

kindly let me know as there is a vast difference in the price of these hard disks. The external hard disk is costing more and if i use internal hard disk in external enclosure price is very much reduced.

my only concern about using internal hard disk in external enclosure is the reliability.

thanks in advance,

regards,
 

Answer:External Hard Disk v/s Internal Hard Disk in External Enclosure

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Hi all
I have a 500GB external Seagate HD. When connected to my pc yesterday however it was not recognised anywhere, not showing in dvices and drives, in disk management or even in the bios. It was fine the last time I connected it and it actually starts up although makes a clicking sound for about twenty seconds.
I took it out of the housing and connected it directly but still no sign. Have tried different USB ports and I have used various online tools including Seagates own tool but nothing sees it.
Any ideas at all as I have never had a drive not recognised anywhere before?

Answer:Seagate external hard drive not recognised anywhere on the PC?

Do you have another PC you can connect it to? The clicking noise sounds rather worrying, and I'd suspect the drive has developed a fault.

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Hi everyone,

this seems to be a common theme, but the threads I have read don`t seem to match my problem exactly or don`t end up resolved ??

My portable hdd was working fine in both laptops (one NEC/vista, one NEC netbook/windows 7) I loaded a movie into the portable hdd to transfer from one laptop to the other as the other one is connected through the tv. It seemed to accept the file fine, but when I tried to load it into the other pc it didn`t recognise the hard drive. It doesn`t recognise it in the original pc either and there is no sign of it when I use disc manager.

The hard drive lights up ok, feels like the disc is spinning (small vibration feeling) the usb connections seem fine. Its a serial ata type and usb 2.0 but no identifying mark for a manufacturer.

I used it for backing up my desk top files, I`m not too worried about the files on the portable drive as the desk top originals are still ok. ( at least I hope so as the computer is being shipped from the uk to Japan as I type) Things are complicated as the laptops have Japanese versions of windows but I have friends who can help me read the Japanese. Anyone have any good ideas as I have no idea where to start because I can`t see anything.

Many thanks in advance, Rumi
 

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My operating system is Win 2K. Mr problem is that I have Buslink external hard drive that in not being recognised by my desktop computer. It is USB connected. The software has been loaded and the computer at first recognises the HDD when it is first plugged in but fails to do so after a reboot. I have tried the drive on other computers all with success. They used Win 98 or XP.Any suggestions I would be grateful.Regards, Ken Tumber

Answer:Buslink External Hard Drive Not Recognised

An option would be to leave it unplugged when rebooting - then connect it when you are booted. Not ideal I know, but an option.

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I took the hard drive from an old DVD recorder, fitted it into an SATA enclosure and plugged in to my computer.'New USB device' recognised by computer, followed by 'new device ready for use'Looked at 'My Computer' expecting it to show up as a new drive, 'F' in my case, but nothing showed.Device Manager showed device attached to USB socket, and no conflicts showing. Disk manager reports a healthy disk, but I can't find a way to access it.It also shows a low capacity disk in FAT format in Drive 0I'd like to reformat in NFTS mode and use the disk as an external hard drive, but can't think how to do it.I'd appreciate any help.Using XP home edition.

Answer:External Hard Drive not recognised by computer

Didyou change the setting from 'Master' to 'Slave'?

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I recently changed the power supply on my Seagate External HD after the previous one blew. I re-connected the HD to my PC and i get the following message ' One of the USB Devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned and windows does not recognize it'
It now only shows as an Unknown device and does not show up at all. At first i thought the HD was faulty but i tried it on my works pc and it recognised it immediately and i had full access to the HD so i'm rather puzzled as to what has happened. Any help on this would be much appreciated

Answer:My Seagate External Hard Drive is not recognised

Was it connected to the PC when the Power Supply blew?
Does the USB connection, that it was using then, work with other devices?

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I'm on XP Pro and successfully installed and used a new, USB2-connected Freecom External HD a few months ago. Following a few PC problems, it isn't now recognised. If connected up, the blue light flashes for hours at a time. Sometimes - but not always - the PC won't shut down or boot up if the External is connected.I've tried the various combinations of uninstalling/reinstalling the software, shutting off the HD power &/or replacing the plug into the USB port - with the PC off and on, etc. I can't discover anything from Device Manager or Disk Management.Any help will be gratefully received. Many Thanks.

Answer:External Hard Drive No Longer Recognised

I really do wish you luck. But if you search this forum (and my thread pertaining to a similar problem is not too far away) and other similar forums, the external hard drive not being recognised is a common problem. Another common thread is that the problem is not usually solved. Good luck anyway.

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Please help. I have just bought a Gericom 250gb external 3.5' hard disk drive unit with 6 in 1 card reader, but my PC is failing to detect the drive. I can't install the drivers as I have Windows XP which is supposed to recognise the drive automatically. Bizarrley the card reader is recognised. Also, when first installed the hard disk drive was recognised, but no longer is. Please help

Answer:External Hard Disc Drive Not Recognised

Control Panel\Administrator\Disc Management

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I noticed that my PC suddenly took a long time to boot up and close down. After some testing I found that if my external HD was plugged in that was the cause. I thought it might be an indexing delay so didn't worry as all I needed to do was plug the HD in when needed it and make sure I "Safely" unplugged it before shutting down. But now I can't get access to it at all. I hear the usual bleep when I plug it in and it appears in the task bar "Can I safely remove etc" but it doesn't appear in Disk Management or Explorer. I fear the HD has died although I can detect the normal very slight murmer of the drive when it is switched on. I did find the disk using a command prompt but can't remember how I got there! Is there any way I can save the data on it? I have tried all the usual tests like a different USB port (not a hub) and a different Windows 7 machine but to no avail.

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Okay, basically, all the information..I have external casings for my old hard drives from my old laptop. I let my mum borrow one of the old drives, and unfortunately, it would seem as though she has broken it, when it was working perfectly before.

I have it so it's partitioned, one which is FAT formatted, and one which is NTFS formatted. It's total size is 250gb.

When I plug it into my previous laptop it makes a different noise (kind of like an alarm) as opposed to the usual fan type noise it makes. And this is what I get as far as it being recognised;

But it does not show up where it would do usually as a drive (e.g. (F: ))

Any help would be greatly appreciated... I really need the files on this drive asap!
 

Answer:External Hard Drive seems to be recognised, but no access :( PLEASE HELP

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I am running XPHome with SP1 and have installed an External Drive. It is showing on Device Manager as a Mass Storage Device,not as a Hard Drive. My Computer is not showing anythingunder Hard Drives apart from HD(C)and under Devices with removable storage nothing is shown at all.Joe

Answer:External USB2 Hard Drive not recognised

Mass storage device in Device Manager is as it should be.Should be shown in My Computer or Explorer window as Removable Disk - letter will be after any other drives.

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Upon insertion of the external drive it does not show up in 'My Computer.' It is recognised in device manager and devices & printers, and even in disk management, however any attempt to access the drive is fruitless. I am completely unable to format or change drive letter & paths, however disk management suggests that the partition is completely healthy yet I am unable to access the drive. Uninstalling & reinstalling drivers has no effect & current drivers are up to date.
Any help would be appreciated!
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Answer:Seagate External Hard Drive Not Recognised

Sorry, I messed up the image upload the first time around lol.

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Hi, i have an external hard drive and it was running great. I then turned off my computer, took it out the usb so i could move the case. Put it back in the slot. turned on comp and got the following message..

"USB device not recognised.
One of the usb devices attached to this computer has malfunctioned, and windows does not recognize it."

I'm certain i didnt damage the hard drive and I've tried different usb sockets. all of them in fact. and they work with other things.

I am using windows vista ultimate.

Please help
 

Answer:USB device not recognised. External Hard Drive

Bump.... Please help i need those files back
 

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I borrowed my friends external hard drive. I was working fine on my PC. Now however when I plug it in I can not access it.
When I plug it into the USB the icon on bottom right of screen with green arrow, shows I have the device plugged in, but My Computer does not show the hard drive.
I plugged the hard drive into my work laptop and same thing happens.
My PC recognises other USB devices such as ipod and USB stick.
The hard drive is Western Digital.
I am on Windows XP.
I am unsure what has happened. I did one day accidentally knock it out of the USB port one day but I believe this problem existed before this.
Can you please help me as this drive has back up data on it from my friends work so I don't want to lose it.

Thank you!
 

Answer:Solved: USB External hard drive - now not recognised anywhere

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I have a western digital external hard drive that I use for day to day work.

I recently put it into a laptop PC to copy the contents of a hard drive, it appears that something 'went wrong' in the process and I now cannot access the hard drive.

When I plug it in, I get the standard 'power surge on USB hub' and the light on the front of the hard drive (suggesting that it is still working).

My thought was to re-format the drive, although I am unsure of how to go about this when I cannot access it, or does anyone have any ideas how I could revert the error?

Any advice/solutions would be greatly appreciated!!
 

Answer:Solved: WD external hard-drive not recognised.

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I have been using this 3.5" prezmate external hard drive for over a year. There is a lot of data and images stored on it.The other day I plugged it in but my laptop, Acer 5680 with Vista premium could not recofnise it.The mains light on the convertor is alight as is the signal light on the hard drive.It came with a disk for windows 98 but Vista uses plug and play.I can hear a whirring noise inside it but only when I switch on the internal fan.Can anyone help me please to recover my files from this storage, especially my video files.Pjbm

Answer:prezmate external hard drive not recognised

This may work:Right-click Computer > Manage > Storage > Disk Management then right-click on the drive that is 'hidden' > Change Drive Letter/Paths... > select a letter from nearer the end of the alphabet > OK and the disk should show in Computer. Try another letter if it stays hidden. Also, give the partition a Volume Label to make it easier to identify.

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i just formatted my harddisk and now i am unable to install windows xp professional. Each attempt ends in failure: harddisk not detected. meanwhile i succeed to install vista which i don't like because of so many complications. how may I install XP professional? Thank you.
 

Answer:hard disk not recognised

If Vista is detecting the hard drive and XP is not then it is likely due to the the Windows installation needing you to provide the required SATA/ACHI/RAID drivers at teh F6 prompt of the Windows installation. You'd have to make a floppy disk with the required drivers on it to provide for the installation.

OR

You can try turning of RAID or ACHI in the BIOS and set the SATA controller to IDE mode.

If you want to go the F6 route then you'll need to provide us with the details of the system that you are trying to install XP on.
 

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I have recently purchased a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7NCQ Serial ATA .160GB hard drive
my problem is I can't get my computer to recognise it.
I also fitted an Adaptec Serial ATA 120SA card.
i have tried booting it up with my Windows xp professional system disk but that doesn't work.

my system is
processor = Athlon XP 1255 MGz
motherboard = MSI K7N2 DELTA-ILSR
Ram = 1.12gb
Hard drive = Seagate Barracuda SATA 160GB
Operating System = Windows XP Professional

I have downloaded LIVE UPDATE from MSI
and updated the drivers
flashed the bios

the Adaptec cd that came with the Card is supposed to create a bootable disk but i can't get it to do this.
i have tried seagate sea tools also but still no luck

if i put the old hard drive back the computer recognises that.

any help would be appreciated as i am nowhere near as knowledgable as you guys.

Answer:Hard Disk not recognised.

You need to get a floppy disk and put the sata driver on it or find the ones that came with your motherboard/harddrive.

edit: here are the drivers: http://www.msi.com.tw/program/suppor...=4&CHIP=4&ID=6

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i have a seagate external hard drive that my computer no longer recognises even though it used to, i have tried all three of my USB ports and it still wont work even though they work for other things but when i connect the hard drive to my TV it is recognised and can b used so im assuming its setting on my pc? what can i do?

Answer:my external hard drive is not recognised anymore by my computer

Hello lozzi, welcome to Seven Forums!


Is the HDD listed in diskpart?

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone has got a dual or mutli drive external hard drive device working on a L520 or any other Lenovo laptop that uses either an eSATA or USB 3 connection. I can not seem to get mine working, it's a L520 (model 7859CTO) and has an eSATA port and an ExpressCard slot, and I also have both an eSATA & a USB 3 expresscard adapters. The external drives will all show up if I connected with USB 2, but using the existing eSATA port and/or the eSATA & USB 3 expresscard adapters it will only show one of the drives and not all. Thanks for any help on this.

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I have attached a Seagate 500 GG external hard drive to my computer but it is not showing up in My Computer. I have browsed similar threads and on their advice gone into Device Manager. The drive is there but with no letter assigned to it but when I right click to assign one, it refers me to Windows Help, which is unable to solve the problem. There are actually two extra ikons in Device Manager - one marked FAT Healthy (EISA Configuration) and the other just marked (GPT Protective Partition). The device is acknowledged as working properly in Device Manager
The files on this drive were created on a Mac, which may be the source of the problem? Most of them I will therefore not be able to read, but there is one which is a .mov file which I should be able to read and hopefully copy - if I can access it.
Is there any way I can access the drive via my PC (Windows XP) or will the drive have been formatted for Mac only and therefore is inaccessible via PC?
I'm afraid that's the best I can manage in terms of technical information. Any advice would be much appreciated please.

Answer:Seagate external hard drive not recognised by my computer

I would venture a guess that the simple answer is that the drive was formatted for a Mac and windows is unable to recognize it as such. Now, being said that, with the newer technologies and emulators that Macs and PCs use, I am not 100% sure.

Now for the dumb question, have you tried plugging it back onto the Mac and see if you can read it and copy the file and then format it to the pc so you can use it? that is, if you will need it more on the PC than on the Mac.

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iv had my Iomega hdd for about a year at most and its been fine, yesterday the usb cable was accidentally unplugged from the hdd while still connected to my laptop. Now when the hdd is plugged in, it makes beeping noises for a few seconds and the green light indicated power but it doesnt have any motor running sounds and it is not recognised by my laptop. I tried it on my family computer and its the same problem. I have tried restarting and no changes. I have attempted checking the disk management and as far as i can see it is not there either, and when i run F:\ it is unavailable.
any help is very much appreciated, as usual in these cases theres lots of important files i need off it!!
Thanks
 

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I have bought a brand new 500gb Seagate Barracuda Hard drive and a New Icy box enclosure for it. After putting it together and plugging it in to the computer, It displays a message saying device not recognised by the computer and that it may have malfunctioned (but it is new). I guessed i would need to partition and format it so i went to disk management but it is not listed!??? It is also not in my computer however it is in device management but has a yellow explanation mark. which reads (unknown device) and the description reads Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43). Please help!!!
 

Answer:Solved: External Hard drive not recognised by computer!

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Hi

Thanks for any help in advance..

I own a WD MyBook 4TB hard drive, which I've used on Windows for the past 2 years. I got a macbook last week and hooked the drive into it, some error message came up so I figured it wouldn't work, however when I went to plug it back into my windows machine I got the "USB device not recognised" message, the laptop is windows 8. I then tried it on my fathers windows xp computer and it seemed to think it was a completely new hard drive..

I've done some googling on it but I just wanted to ask here incase I went formatting it by mistake or anything..any advice/help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
 

Answer:External USB hard drive not recognised on Windows after plugging it into a Mac

Sounds like you made some procedural error, allowing the Mac to alter the partition - - bad choice.

Using Windows tools, examine the partition on that drive - - should show up as
somelabel (dl): size HTFS
Healthy (other qualifiers)​
Try Control Panel ->Admin Tools->Computer Mgmt->Disk Mgmt
 

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Hi,

I'm new here, so please don't shout at me if I say something stupid.

Anyway, here's my problem:

I have a Maxtor 500GB stand alone hard drive which I originally bought for a Vista laptop, but have also been using it on my new Win7 laptop.

It has been absolutely fine for the 6 months that I've been on Win7, but today Windows Update decided that I needed 27 (count 'em!) updates to be installed an run - mostly for MS Office.

Anyway, the updates all installed and I restarted upon request, but since then my Maxtor hard drive has not been recognised.

A USB Unknown Device error appears, it doesn't list the drive in My Computer, and only appears in Device Manager as Unknown Device.

Any ideas of how to resolve this would be greatly appreciated, as I have a large number of important documents on that drive which I need to access relatively urgently.

many thanks

Greg

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Recognised Following Windows Update

Is it connected via USB or eSata?

In the meantime, try right clicking on My Computer, Manage, Device Manager, then right click on the top-most entry and select "Scan for Hardware Changes".

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Just had a my computer refitted (new hardware put in and a few things taken out)My old 60GB HDD that was the main drive in my computer (i've now got just a 40GB HDD in the computer) is now sitting in a caddy acting as an external hard drive so i can take it to college and back.The problem is when its plugged into my computer it only recognises it as a 30GB hard drive. I had this problem before when it was in my computer but solved it with a piece of software (whose name i can't remember) that made the computer recognise its full size. Anyone know what that piece of software might be and where i might be able to find it.My computer: Win 2000, Motherboard - MSI MS-6712 1.0, External HDD - IBM 60GXPAny help is greatly appreciated, cheers

Answer:External hard drive full size not recognised

Hard disk tools :-Seatools click hereWD Data lifeguard click hereMaxblast3 click hereAny one of these should do it but not sure if it will work via an external caddy.

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Hi there,

I've recently just bought a USB2.0 HDD External Enclosure for a notebook hard drive. I think I installed the drive correctly - the pins fit well and I placed it in the actual case. However, when I plug the USB into my Windows 7 Acer Aspire 5741 laptop, it just makes a funny noise for around thirty seconds and the computer does not bat an eyelid. The laptop just seems to act as a power source and doesn't recognise any drive being inserted. I tried it on a second, Windows Vista laptop and same result.

Is it likely the enclosure/drive is the problem or have I not set it up correctly?

Any help would be appreciated.

Cheers,
Chris
 

Answer:External Hard-drive not recognised on Windows 7 or Vista

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I have an external Samsung 640Gb hard drive which is not showing up in Windows Explorer, even though Device Manager shows it as recognized and working properly.
I am running Windows7 Home and this is something new as when I bought the drive it showed up in Explorer.
Could anyon e help - I really need this drive as all my backups and programs are on it!
TIA
Pierre

Answer:external hard drive not recognised in windows explorer

Click the Start button. Right-click on 'computer'. Select 'Manage'. Click 'Storage/Disk Management'. Right-click on the drive and select @Change Drive Letter and Paths..'. Select 'Add', accept the suggested drive letter and click OK. The drive should now be recognised.

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Hi
I'm using an old internal HD as a external hard drive. It's recognised in computer, but when i open it there is nothing showing.
You can see the space bar, which is nearly full showing data in red on there.
Can anyone advise how to open and access folders?
Thanks

Answer:External Hard Drive Recognised - No Folders Showing

Your OS is?

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I've had a 1TB iomega external hard drive for about 6 months and all of a sudden my computer no longer recognises it when I switch it on. No window pops up as it used to when it was detected and its not present under the device manager. I've tried it on two different pc's and with 2 different usb cables and still no joy. The light on the side still comes on and its making the usual whirring noises.Has it simply broken and that's it??Any help much appreciatedThanks

Answer:Iomega external hard drive no longer recognised

do you have any really important files on it ?

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So I have a Lacie external hard drive. Now when plugged into windows it is not readable...it says that the drive is corrupt and unreadable. However I can recover files fine from it...using file scavenger. My question is this:Is there some auto play file that is missing? Or something I can do to it to get it to work again? Otherwise I will have to chuck it which is annoying.thanks (BTW I have tried it in another laptop with the same result...)

Answer:External hard drive not recognised but works fine.

As long as there isn't any data on the drive that you need to keep, you should be able to remove any existing partitions, repartition the drive, allocate a drive letter and then format it. Do this in Disk Management ("Start > Run", type DISKMGMT.MSC and click OK).

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i having this problem that few days back, windows wuld not load,a blue screen appeared stating some memory problem,and then automatic reload. i tried to open it in safe mode, it opened once but now it does not even let the windows load. nothing happens.it keeps on reloading. i figured there might be some problem with windows registry.i tried to reinstallwindows but it showed hard disk not found. what can i do now?

Answer:vostro hard disk not recognised

Check the first hint that it gave you first. Use Memtest to test your memory (RAM) since you can get all sorts of misleading errors IF your memory is bad. You first download a copy (either installer to create a bootable floppy, OR an ISO image to burn a bootable CD), create the disk, set the drive as first on boot order, and boot to Memtest. Run Memtest through ALL tests (8 I believe - until you get errors), if there are errors, or it freezes, rerun with only one stick of memory at a time to see which stick is bad (assuming you have more than one) and replace as needed. Exit, remove disk, and allow it to reboot.If there are no errors, or this does not help, download hard drive test utility from your hard drive manufacturer's website (ISO image) and burn a bootable CD. Boot to the utility and run the tests (do not format unless you are sure you need or want to reload windows). Post back results.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.If all else fails, read instructions.

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New PC (2 weeks old) Everything fine until I installed some software (not kosher). When running this software after installation, machine froze and I had to power down. On restarting machine I now get "No Hard Disk Drive Detected". AVG antivirus software didn't detect anything on installation. Any ideas?

Answer:Hard Disk not recognised by BIOS

Assumation that if the pc is two weeks old then, you're have xp on it.Have you tried restore disk or have you tried using the xp disk to restore.sounds like a software problem, if you have the details of your hhd then it might be posiable to manualy reinsert these details into bois?

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Pls can anyone help me. My computer was in the middle of scanning for virus (using AVG) and it hung. Since then I have not been able to access hard disk drive. Won't boot, nothing. I have 2 hard disk drive in and can boot windows 98 from 2nd HD only. Does anyone have any solutions? I have not backed up info and really need to access HD. someone mentioned something re: slave and master, but I need easy instructions on this.

Answer:Hard Disk not recognised - pls pls help - novice

On each hard drive there are jumpers, these need to be set, hard drive you have your operating system on needs to be MASTER and second drive should be set to SLAVE, do you have anything else connected to the hard drive ribbon cables, for example cd-rom or cd-rewriter? Check the cables and make sure they are inserted fully or switch cables over from one hard drive to the other.

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I have just bought a 200 GB hard disk and I cannot make my PC to recognise the full capacity.Is there a known solution for this? My PC has an Athlon 900MHz with an Award Medallion V.6.0 BIOS. Can I update the BIOS or the problem is with windows XP?

Answer:200 GB hard disk recognised as 130 GB. Bios or XP?

Do you have XP SP1 Version or later? You will need this to recognise the disk.

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Hi All:

My machine has 120GB SATA Seagate hard disk, windows 2000 professional OS. Recently, the system hung and i hard reboot my machine, then there was an error message "Reboot and select a proper bootable device/ please insert bootable device and restart your pc". I have looked at the BIOS settings, and i found that Hard Disk is not listed in the bootable device priorities option. I have tried couple of times and the problem did not go away, but after a couple of hours when i tried restarting again it booted from hard disk. Now, again the same problem is observed. It is not recognising the hard disk. What could be the possible reasons?

Regards,
Venkat
 

Answer:Hard Disk is not recognised during boot

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

The first thing I`d suggest is to try a new ide cable.

Hopefully this will sort it for you.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
 

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This is a sticky problem. Got a Hard disk from Magnetic Data Technolies ATA 133, 7200 rpm and 40 GB Hard Disk. When the computer was booted up, the BIOS recognises the existence of the Hard Disk and it shows up on the Device Manager. But when you try view the drive under My Computer, there was no logical assignment of the drive. You could not find it under directory and you cannot re-format it.

Answer:Hard Disk not recognised by Desk top

1) Specs for the PC?2) Did it ever work properly? (if not, is it still under warantee?)3) Is there anything essential on there (i.e. important documents or files)?4) Any other details?

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i have a 320gb hard disk . it had windows vista --220gb
ubuntu ---100gb
then i formatted it to install vista i lost my ubuntu . and during the format options that 100gb space wasnt shown . then i installed vista and ubuntu ultimate all within 220gb. now the 100gb is undetected. i think this is happening because while formatting initially , vista isnt able to recognise ext 3 partition. i would want to recover and use the space , i have vista and ubuntu ultimate 9.04 installed.i tried disk management in vista.bbut it hasnt detected it .

please could you guide me what is to be done.thank you in advance for taking ur time
 

Answer:A part of hard disk not recognised

Did you solve this?
 

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I took my old SATA hard disk & fitted it into a caddy. On caddy I am getting a green light indicating HDD is connected & the hard disk is idle, a red light should go on if hard disk is being accessed.

Although caddy is Plug & Play it is not being recognised. The old hard disk previously was my primary hard disk running VISTA while my computer is now running Windows 7.

I would appreciate any help as to how I can resolve!!

Answer:Old Hard Disk now fitted into a caddy but it is not being recognised

Click start, right click computer, select manage, choose disk management in the left column and see if your hard drive is recognized. If it is, it will probably not have a drive letter, right click it, choose 'change drive letter or path' on the next screen click add then select a letter from the drop down menu. If it wants to initialize it, select no. It will format it and anything on it will be gone.

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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.
 

Answer:External hard drive (Samsung 500GB) format failed; not recognised

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Hello,
I am new to technet forums.
I have a hard disk, main disk that came with the computer.
Due to power failure my computer shuts down and the drive was not detected.
So, I replaced it. This story is of year 2013
Now I have the drive and as I have free time and as I am interested in doing things by researching. So, I opened the drive and attached it externally via USB 2.0 connector.
Firstly, my computer is running windows 10 pro. The external disk is detected by the computer. As I did not want the files so, I formatted all 3 partitions. The formatting was successful. But the partitions become raw.
Now on researching more I applied DOS commands
Diskpart
List disk
Select disk
Detail disk
select volume
FORMAT RECOMMENDED OVERRIDE
Now, this above command is taking too long....
so, if this command is successful then what to do next....
I am not able to load the images as the website says
Body text cannot contain images or links until we are able to verify your account
Any help will be apreciated... 

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My 2 TB WD MyPassport Ultra has stopped working. In disk management, it shows unallocated and when i try to initialize it, it says an I/O error has occured. This hard disk was bought only 20 days ago from amazon.

I tried inserting it on different computers, through different cables etc.

I read a lot of threads on this forum on similar(same) problems. I performed WD Lifeguard test, and my hard disk failed both quick test and extended test. What should I do?

The suspected cause is that it was being used on a computer when the system showed blue screen of death. It has not been working since then.

Answer:Hard Disk not recognised; Unallocated; Lifeguard Test failed

If hope that you had a back up of your stuff or there was nothing important on that drive. You have to contact Amazon and get a replacement. The BSOD did not cause the problem, the problem caused the BSOD. There is a surprisingly large number of HDs that are corrupt when purchased. You should not have a problem trying to exchange it. I do wish you good luck and sorry about your situation.

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i have a 80gb internal hard disk since it was not sufficient i switched up to a 500gb hard disk so i want to know whether i can use my 80gb hard disk as an external hard disk
if so how please instruct me
 

Answer:how to change a internal hard disk to a external hard disk

Is the 80gb drive ide or sata?
 

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What is the difference of 3.5 external hard disk (e.g. WD My Book) vs a 3.5 internal hard disk fixed into an enclosure to work like an external hard disk?

Are both good to be use as an external drive to store backup?

What 3.5 enclosure is good?

Thanks

Answer:3.5 external hard disk vs 3.5 internal hard disk with enclosure?

What do you mean fixed into an enclosure to work like an external drive? Are you referring to a My Book 3.0 VIA USB 3.0.... vs.... an internal SATA III SSD or HDD? Be a little more specific.

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