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External Hard drive goes to sleep and doesn't wake up

Q: External Hard drive goes to sleep and doesn't wake up

I have a External Seagate 2 Tb hard drive that after a while, will disconnect and I can't wake it by trying to access the drive in Explorer. I tried rebooting my computer but it doesn't show up anymore. The only solution it seems is to disconnect the drive and plug it back in.

Any advices?

I am on Windows 10

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If I'm running utorrent when I put my W7 pc to sleep, after it wakes my external hardrive will become completely unresponsive. Usb hardrive at this point will not eject properly so I have to either unplug it unsafely or reboot PC to regain control of drive. If I remember to shut off Utorrent before I put PC to sleep, PC will wake fine with ex. hardrive working fine. Anyone know a fix for this so I can avoid having to turn Utorrent off first before I put my PC to sleep?

A:External hard drive unresponsive when wake from sleep

Quote: Originally Posted by leif

If I'm running utorrent when I put my W7 pc to sleep, after it wakes my external hardrive will become completely unresponsive. Usb hardrive at this point will not eject properly so I have to either unplug it unsafely or reboot PC to regain control of drive. If I remember to shut off Utorrent before I put PC to sleep, PC will wake fine with ex. hardrive working fine. Anyone know a fix for this so I can avoid having to turn Utorrent off first before I put my PC to sleep?

If you put your machine to sleep, then all programs are suspended, so there is absolutely no point in leaving them "running". Most especially not if this causes errors on waking.

Regards....Mike Connor

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When I restart my computer after it has been hibernating (usually overnight as it's left on 24/7), it goes to the welcome screen and just hangs. The HD light is inactive making me believe that the HD is not waking up and causing this problem.

Any ideas anyone ?

A:Hard drive doesn't wake up after hibernation

hi and welcome how long has this been occurring? have you ran a disc check, defrag lately see the pics.

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I set the hard drive to stop spinning after 4 hours of idle activity but it doesn't ever go to sleep. If I set the time interval to < 1 hour like 45 min then it will go to sleep.

I'm not talking about the computer going to sleep/hibernating, I mean the spinning of the hard drive.

A:Hard drive doesn't go to sleep

Sing it a lullaby.

Could you please fill out your System Specs?
System Info - See Your System Specs

Also, what are you using to set the sleep option?

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Running a self built system that was working nicely for over a year,now when I put it in sleep mode it won't wake up without pushing the power button and then sometimes I have to switch the power off on the back of the system and let it sit for a minute before it will restart. Running Windows 7 Ultimate

A:Sleep doesn't wake up like it used to

Did you install SP1? Have you checked for driver updates for chipset and video? What else is supposed to wake the computer? Mouse? Keyboard? Check Power Management settings for those devices in Device Manager.

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Hi      I bought a new p51 last week and am experiencing this issue from time to time. When I don't work on the laptop, I just close the lid. After some time, I see that the red led light on the lid goes blinking on slow pace - that tells me the machine has gone into sleep mode. Now, when I come back to the machine later, usually I see either the red led is still blinking or completely gone off.  I open the lid, the machine wakes up and I cannot work, I see black screen.    Problem exists on Windows 10 and Fedora 27, so this problem is related with BIOS. One more thing, this problem is not present on battery only when laptop is connected to AC adapter. BIOS: 1.20

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Hello,         I have been using this new machine for last 2 months and am experiencing this issue from time to time. When I don't work on the laptop, I just close the lid. After some time, I see that the red led light on the lid goes blinking on slow pace - that tells me the machine has gone into sleep mode. Now, when I come back to the machine later, usually I see either the red led is still blinking or completely gone off. I open the lid, the machine wakes up and I can start working on.       However, at times, when I come back, I see that the red led on the lid is constantly on. In those occasions, when I open the lid, the machine doesn't "wake up". I see that the greed led on the power button is constantly on - so that kind of indicates that the machine IS probably awake. But, the screen is black/empty as if its still sleeping. In these situations, I normally end up with force restarting the machine - making me to reopen all the  applications once again, if not loosing some work/data.        Is there anywya I can tweak any setting or follow any best practice - that can prevent this issue from re-ocurring?         Thank you very much in advance for your suggestions.

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I'm using a seagate 500gb hd and it has been good until i downloaded some things onmy brther's pc. My pc doesn't even know what program to use to open the drive. This is so frustrating coz if I have to reformat...I'm screwed!
All my assignments are in there and I won't have time to rewrite them all....
And my pc doesn't show the files in my other drives either....

Please help me..

A:PC doesn't know my external hard drive.....

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A Dell Dimension E521 is set to go to sleep after a while, but when I try to use it the only way to wake-up the PC is to press and hold the POWER switch on the front to reboot.

Any ideas? I know that others had this problem. The PC is running Vista 32-bit.

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I've been having this problem for awhille -- approximately 30-50% of the time, when I put my computer in sleep mode and try waking it up, it simply doesn't wake up. I hear it turn on (fan starts running, etc.) but the screen is black (forced to hold down power button to reboot)...or it goes to the startup screen (but won't finish starting up -- have to hold down power button to reboot).

I have an HP Compaq 8710w laptop with Windows 7 Professional (32-bit).

Here is what I have done already to try to fix it:

-Updated drivers
-Tried turning off wireless before putting to sleep
-Changed power plan from "High Performance" to "Balanced".

No dice. Any other ideas?

A:Computer often doesn't wake from sleep

You can try to go to A computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 stops responding when you put the computer in sleep mode (S3) or resume the computer from the S3 mode and download hotfix to your computer.

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Hi, I'm having problems when my laptop goes to sleep, I'm not sure what happens but when my battery is low, it goes to sleep but doesn't wake up even if I plug the charger in. The only way I can get this fix is to restart it by shutting it down through the power button.

A:My laptop goes to sleep and doesn't wake up

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I've enabled AHCI within Vista properly and it works fine but it's just not restoring from an S3 sleep anymore, whereas it was before in IDE mode.

Are there any solutions about to this?

I'm running 32-bit vista home premium SP1 on a Gigabyte 965P-DS3 (rev 3.3)

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No ideas?

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Hi, I've recently been running into a problem -- I put my computer into sleep mode, and then when I press the power button to wake the computer, either the screen stays black and I have to do a forced reboot (holding down the power button), or it simply does a forced reboot automatically. This doesn't happen all the time, but I'd say probably 60% of the time that I want to wake my computer from sleep...and I haven't noticed a certain pattern of when it does and doesn't work. It has only been happening the last month or so, and has happened more often recently. I got a new battery for my laptop about a month ago, so that may have corresponded to when this problem started, I can't 100% remember.

I have an HP Compaq 8710w laptop with Windows 7 Professional (32-bit). I have updated all the drivers already (literally went through every device in Device Manager and tried finding updates for each), and the issue is still happening. What's the next step I should take? Thanks in advance!

A:Computer often doesn't wake from sleep

Is this your system?

Software & Driver Downloads HP Compaq 8710w Mobile Workstation - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

I only see Windows 2000 as a supported OS.

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Ok First of, I have Hp pavilion, Windows vista Ultimate, the problem that i have is at random times my monitor goes to sleep mode and never does wake up, I get frustrated over this because I have to end up pressing and holding the power button down which is unsafe for my computer. Please help!! Thank you

A:Monitor goes to sleep and doesn't wake up

Usually if the monitor goes to sleep in means that there is not a video signal.  However, if holding the power button down on the monitor? will wake it then the issue is the monitor.  If you are holding down the power button on the PC then you have another issue.  Which power button are you holding down? What model PC and operating system are you using?

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Right, I have a Seagate 250GB external hard drive that runs through a USB port on my Windows XP laptop.

The Hard drive Runs a auto 'Sleep' Mode after about 10 - 15 mins of not being accessed manually through the OS Folders. It then has to 'Wake-up' again which is affecting the way programs, music etc are run off of it.

Ive contacted Seagate and they say there isn't a way to disable this function, but there has to be something that can keep it 'awake' all the time.

So i thought I'd ask you guys, Hope you can help me.


A:My External Hard Drive Runs a Auto 'Sleep' Mode

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I am running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and have kept up with all Updates and latest drivers. I am having a problem with a Seagate 1 TB Backup Plus External Hard Drive connected to the USB port of my Asus Sabertooth motherboard. After waking up the system after sleep, the external drive vanishes from the PC. Web searching has shown me a fix in 2009 that was supposed to be incorporated into Windows 7. It either was never done, or it was not pertinent to my situation, since it made no reference to USB connection. The problem described then was that due to the large size of this drive, it did not respond soon enough to the awakening process, and thus was never seen.

Is there a more current fix for this, especially with USB connection?

A:Problem recognizing external hard drive after sleep awakening

Hello and welcome sherwin Mate does the problem still exist if the drive is plugged into a different usb slot.

Also does this still happen with other devices other than a drive? To check just reduce the sleep time down to speed up the process of checking.

Plus mate good on you for using some specs but they need to be a little more specific ie chipset on th e motherboard or the mobo version / model.

Use Speccy to find this out Speccy - System Information - Free Download

its free and a very useful tool to keep.

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hi everyone

i am running windows xp 64 bit and my pc wont detect my usb hard drive and flash drives i can see it listed in computer management and in safely remove hardware but it wont show up in my computer i have tried updating the device with no luck and there is a yellow mark in device manager

A:win xp 64 bit doesn't recongnize usb external hard drive

hi, goto device manager and uninstall all usb's, take everything out of the usb ports reboot twice then try it.

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I have a Seagate External Hard drive, Desk Goflex 3 TB.
I'm using it for sevral mounth in windows 7 and it's working fine.

Now, I bought a new latop using windows 7 as well, and it's not recognizing my hard drive.
The hard drive doesn't appear in the Disk Management at all.
The computer does recognize other USB devices (disk-on-keys, mouse).

I've read some old messeges but no one fits...

A:external hard drive doesn't show up on pc

Hi Yanchu,

Welcome aboard.

Try this.Plug in and turn on the external USB hard drive
Right mouse click on My Computer
Left click on Manage
Left click on Device Manager
Expand the USB list
Find the USB device for your USB Hard Drive
Right mouse click - Uninstall
Turn off the external USB hard drive
Turn on the external USB hard drive and let it find and install the driver
Does it work now?

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the hard drive works, just not the pack.
My usb ports are good, I tested them with my jump drive, it is getting power (leds are lit), but windows isn't recognizing it.
I have XP Pro.

Any ideas?

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I have an old Maxtor OneTouch external hard drive. 120gb. It's a FAT32 file system and was installed on my old Windows98SE PC.

The problem is that the external hard drive isn't read by any other computers. I've tried it on multiple laptops, and other PCs to no avail. I'm not sure if this has to do with the operating system?

It works perfectly fine on the old Windows98SE. I want to get the data off of it, but none of my new external hard drives are read by my old Win98SE system either without problems/CDs/etc.

Was just wondering if anyone could help?

Thanks much!

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Hello guys,

I have a problem. Whenever i plug in my external hard drive (1TB Maxtor) in my pc, it doesn't show up. It has always been working, but since i've installed Windows 7 yesterday it doesn't work anymore. So it HAS to be something to do with Windows 7.

Anyone knows any solution? Please help me, because all my documents are stored on this external hard drive and i need them on this pc.


It does show up in disk manager (don't know how it's called in english, i use dutch windows 7) and it even shows the model and brand name of the drive. So i am wondering why it won't show up in explorer?

A:External Hard drive doesn't show up!

Welcome aboard. Did you try with a diff USB port?

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I don't know if this is the right forum for my problem.
I had a new desktop pc built about six months ago and it seemed fine except for one thing. The Seagate external hard drive had stopped backing up despite being set to continuous. It had worked perfectly on my laptop which the desktop pc replaced. Not knowing what I was doing I not only uninstalled Seagate but formatted it too resulting in the loss of everything.
So I bought a Western Digital My Passport external drive, plugged it in and it backed up. Since then, though set to continuous back up, it just doesn't do it. Nor does Dropbox. Data files are just not being updated though WD and Dropbox say they are up to date. Manual updating works. I feel sure the problem is not with the external drives but with the Microsoft system, that there is a box somewhere that needs changing. Can anybody give me any clues please? If I'd wanted to do a manual update every day I'd have stuck with a USB stick.
My system is a 64 bit Win7 and I have plenty of memory. I run Firefox, Bit Defender (I recently changed from AVG) and Malware Bytes.
Any help would be appreciated.

A:New pc doesn't accept external hard drive

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I have an external hard drive form my old computer that had an operating system on it (Windows XP to be precise) and it has data. I'm trying to retrieve the data on that drive through a USB 2.0 external hard drive case.

Windows 7 is telling me it needs to be formatted, which is nonsense. What's going on?

Thank you so much

A:External hard drive needs to be formatted? No it doesn't!

What happens if you plug it into different computer?

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Hi all,

When I click the sleep button my computer seems to go into sleep mode successfully however when I hit a keyboard key or wiggle the mouse to wake it the tower fans & motherboard lights switch on but there is no picture or sound from my monitor. I have to hit the reset button which does a dirty reboot before I can get back to the desktop.

I'm fed up of having to do a full shutdown/restart of my computer everytime I go away to do something!

Please find my computer details here: removed due to sensitive info.

If you need any other information, please ask.

Thanks in advance,


A:Sleep Mode Doesn't Wake Up Properly...

Hi please do 2 things first remove the dropbox link (I will do that)as you have posted sensitive info ie serial number you can repost with that removed,the other is check your power settings

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My Yoga 500 ISK would sometimes not wake up from sleep.I mean, I can see the computer is working, I can hear it, but the screen is black and unresponsive. What happens is that I either leave it on and it goes to sleep on its own within 15 mins, or put it to sleep via start>power>sleep - it doesn't matter. Sometimes I press the power button and it wakes up fine, but sometime I get the black screen. My computer is up to date on the latest BIOS update (from today), Both Intel and nVidia graphics drivers are up to date, and in my power settings, my hard drive is set to not turn off ever. Does anyone know a solution to this problem??

A:Yoga 500 ISK Doesn't wake up from sleep properly -...

Hi there, I own the same model and I believe I have the same issue. Also I find booting up to be painfully slow. It gives me so much Apple Mac envy. I am almost certain the issue is with regard to the HDD itself, the WDC WD10S21X-24R1BT0-SSHD-8GB. It is used in many of the new-ish lenovo laptops including the Y50 touchscreen gaming computer. Many customers have complained about the SSHD, google that long model and you'll see loads of complaints on forums. I intend to open up my Yoga 500 ISK and replace the SSHD with what should be in there - an SSD. I shall let you know how I get on! Harry

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Hello, I'm the owner of an EliteBook 8560p running under Windows 7 Professional 64 bits Edition. I started the installation from scratch with a driver-empty Windows. I've downloaded the drivers separately on the HP Support Website. Everything is running fine but when I put my computer to sleep (normal stand-by mode) I am unable to wake it up from the keyboard keys or trackpad buttons. The only way I can wake it up is by pressing the Power Button. Then it wakes up normally and I go back to the Windows 7 login screen. Is it possible to wake up this computer by pressing a key instead of the power button ? I don't want to press it too often.For example on my old Acer Aspire 5315, pressing a key wakes up the computer instantly.Also, I have no "Allow this device to wake up computer" option in my Device Manager.I can't find this option in the BIOS neither.Can you wake your HP Notebook computer by pressing the keyboard ? Is there a way to do that on EliteBooks ? Thanks and sorry for my mistakes, English is not my mother language.

A:Keyboard doesn't wake up computer from sleep

If you have an external display, it will stop the computer from waking. Disconnect display port cable and try again.Also, check your drivers so that Power Mgmt. allows mouse or keyboard to wake system. I have found these issues effect my HP 8460P as well as HP 2540P. Also, make sure that the BIOS allows USB to wake system.

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It has recently started that while i am playing games like Mass Effect 2 and League of Legends after 15 or so minutes of playing the screen goes black, displays that it is going to sleep, and then stops responding. To fix this i have to restart my computer completely.I am running windows seven. I have run malware and virus scans of my computer and nothing has come up, so i'm not sure where to go from here.

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Hi, I recently purchased a Thinkpad X1 Yoga, shipped on May 16, 2016.  I have an issue:     When I use the left side USB port (the one on the side of the power charging port) to charge my old Ipod and the laptop goes to sleep. The laptop does not wake up when opening the lid or pressing on the power button. However, as soon as I disconnect my Ipod from the USB port. The laptop immediately wakes up but unable to login using the fingerprint reader. Specific steps to reproduce: 1) Plug x1 yoga power cord to the laptop 2) Plug Ipod to the left side USB port. Make sure Ipod has no earphones plugged in. 3) Put the laptop in sleep mode 4) Close the lid of the laptop 5) Wait until iPod is no longer being charged by the laptop (a few seconds after the laptop goes to sleep) 6) Wait until iPod automically turns off on its own (it takes 15 to 30 mins, not sure exactly how much time.) 7) Open the laptop lid and notice that the laptop is not waking up. 8) Press on the "power" button on the right side of the X1 Yoga. Notice that the laptop does not wake up. 9) Remove the iPod from the USB port on the left side of the X1 Yoga.        Notice that the laptop is now able to wake up.        Also notice that the finger print reader is not responding. Cannot login using the fingerprint reader. Seems like a driver issue. Lenovo please confirm! ThanksWilly

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When bringing the W541 out of sleep while docked, the internal monitor and external monitor do not turn on. I believe the PC itself wakes from sleep, but I can't see anything. I have to do a hard reboot. I have the latest display driver as recommended by the Lenovo update utility. I downloaded the latest firmware for the docking station (UltraDock), but when running the executable it does nothing. No window presents itself. Any ideas? 

A:W541 Doesn't Wake From Sleep While Docked

I should note it's related to this thread I posted last year. When running the firmware update exe for the dock, it's crashing and creating a dmp file.  https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/forums/v3_1/forumtopicpage/board-id/Special_Interest_Utilities/highligh...

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Came across my first major problem. When I try to go into sleep mode (either through the Start menu or pressing the power button), the hard drive light blinks for a second then the screen goes black. BUT... my power light stays on (should be blinking) and pressing it again, the mouse button... nor any key press on the keyboard will wake it up. I had to hard shutdown (holding the power key down for like 5 seconds) for the light go off and had to keep rebooting from scratch.

That's a major pain since waking up out of sleep mode is normally much faster and convenient. To make things worse.... it seems like 10 takes longer to boot up from scratch than 8.1 did. I've yet to see if SHUTDOWN works properly or not. Not a happy camper on the sleep mode issue. It worked under 8.1 just fine. Anybody else?!?

EDIT: Shutdown goes through a longer process, but ends the same as sleep does...... The power light stays on.

I'm using an HP Envy w/ i7-4510u CPU / 8GB RAM / 4GB Nvidia GTX 850M / 1TB drive

EDIT#2: Now SLEEP and SHUTDOWN appear to be working properly and Windows 10's boot up times are as fast or faster than 8.1 now. It's like a car and trying to clear out the lines of bad fuel before it runs right. Just some weird hiccups.

EDIT#3.... Now it's doing it again!

A:Sleep Mode doesn't work right nor does it wake up.

Identical issues here. Also an HP Envy. Also sleep/hibernate works sometimes and not others.

This will be a deal breaker for me if I can't turn off my computer and turn it back on with my status still intact. I'll (gulp) be forced to return to 8.1

Will post here if I figure out a solution

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I have a HP Notebook Laptop connected to an external display with a unifying wireless device - the Logitech K400 Plus Keyboard. I put the laptop to sleep to save battery power. Now here's the problem; I'll have to physically open the screen door just to get it to wake and its something I do not want to do every time. HP parts are expensive. -_- Its a new laptop but still...they do NOT last. I have the same issue when the batteries goes dead and it goes into hibernation mode. I'd have to open the screen door to press the power switch. Thanks.

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I am using a brand new Lenovo P51 with 64-bit Windows 10 with a NVIDIA Quadro M1200 video card along with an external monitor (ASUS VS228H-P) connected through HDMI. When my computer goes to sleep, my second monitor turns off. When I wake up the laptop, but 2nd monitor is no longer recognized by the machine and I am unable to use the display. I have tried a number of solutions already:1) I have tried selecting "extend display" under F72) I have tried using the detect display button in System/Display Settings3) I have updated my drivers for both display adapaters (intel graphics 630, and NVIDIA Quadro M1200)4) I have turned the monitor on and off,5) I have cycled through the input options on the monitor while it is on6) I have plugged and unplugged the HDMI cable The only solution to reconnect the monitor I have found is to reboot the computer which is impractical for me while I am using the machine (I am running programs over multiple days and rebooting is not impossible). It is also impractical to turn off sleep mode on the machine - the whole point of having sleep mode is to save my screen and reduce power usage. I also use sleep mode for security - I want my laptop to lock so that someone can't just pick it up any time and use it. I also read somewhere that someone was able to turn off and then turn on the display adapters to reconnect - but this is a ridiculous fix I won't repeat over and over again. Outside of these solutions, has anyone found a way to make Win... Read more

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I had my WD external hard drive for more than a year now, and it worked fine until today.

My laptop suddenly won't recognize my external hard drive.

I have two USB ports and they seem to be working just fine; I've tried with different devices.

I plugged my external hard drive to my friend's laptop, and that worked fine...so I have no idea what's wrong.

The LED light on the hard drive stays lit (very few or no blinking) and there's no spinning or ventilating sound at all.

Seems like only the light is on without the device actually working.

Could anyone help please?


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Hello guys:

Well I have an hard drive into a external enclousure but the windows XP of a new CPU do not finish detect it when I connect it. But the same external hard drive work fine in my laptop. I formated my CPU 2 times, but i got the same error of Windows. My CPU has a new motherboard Foxconn M7VMX-K.

The USB ports work fine with my pendrive.

In my computer i can see a new hard drive with a letter (K, whithout data.

The Windows XP Administrator Disk doesn't show nothing about the external hard drive.

Sorry, my english isn't perfect!.

Please help me, thanks guys,

A:Windows doesn't recognize my External Hard Drive

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I"ve had a Simpletech external hard drive for a few years now, and it's worked great on every computer that's had Windows XP (it's a plug and play). However, I just bought a new laptop with Windows 7, and when I tried to plug it in to the USB port on it, it just told me "USB device not recognized." The power light comes on, too. This is a brand new computer, so I'm not taking it apart to reassemble anything, and the external HD still works fine on my XP computers, so I know it has to be something about Windows 7 it doesn't like.


A:Windows 7 doesn't recognize my external hard drive

Check your device manager and make sure that your USB drivers are up to date...

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I just used my external hard drive on my old Slap Top, Windows XP, 32bit, and it worked fine.....but it doesn't work on my new Vaio, Windows 7, 64bit. I'm not a PC-know-a-lot'er, so if anyone has an answer, please make it simple. In advance, thank you

A:External hard drive doesn't work with W7,64bit

What exactly happens when you plug it into a USB port?

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I've really gotten on this.
From my computer I can access my external hard disk, but when I go to create a recovery image the computer doesn't see the external drive.

Is there a setting somewhere I can change?
All my searches tell me about reading the backup from a non detected drive not saving onto a semi detected drive.


A:Location backup doesn't see my external hard drive

Hello windam and welcome to Seven Forums.

It might help to diagnose the problem if you could post a screenshot of your maximized Disk Managment window. It's possible the external drive doesn't have a drive letter assigned, or some other issue.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

It would also help to know which imaging utility you're using; the native Windows 7, Macrium, etc.

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My laptop runs Windows 8.1 and won't recongise my Western Digital external hard drive?

It runs fine on my second laptop running Windows 7 so its not the hard drive.

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I have a Toshiba EHD 300GB.. When I first connected it, it had its own unique icon.. I decided to format it and now it's icon is a plain white sheet with little squares .. I've tried doing the procedure in this link (Drive Icon Change - Vista Forums) but it still didn't work. I'd love to show you what it looks like, but I don't know how to paste the image I captured.

I've tried renaming it, but that doesn't help. It doesn't even want to be renamed.

I was thinking if there's any other way we could return that unique icon it had and rename it other than the link I followed above.

My EHD works perfectly. I'm just bothered as to why I can't change the icon and its name. Thanks in advance for your advices..

A:External Hard Drive name and icon doesn't change

Hello Paxnominus,

For Windows 7, you might use these tutorials instead.Drive Icon - Change


Drive - Rename
Double check the item in the yellow TIP box at the top of the tutorial to see if you may have a autorun.inf file on the root of the external drive that needs to be deleted.

If Option One did not work, then be sure to also try Option Two as well.

Hope this helps,

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I have a 250G Maxtor external hard-drive which I took from the shelf and plugged in last night for the first time in several months. At first I noticed the light blinking erratically and also heard a constant clicking sound, the same sound over and over. I disconnected and then reconnected it, and this time the unit worked okay. I was able to access the contents. Later I disconnected and reconnected it several more times, only to find that it no longer works. All I get now is the unending clicking sound.

As far as I know it has been setting on my shelf for three months or so. To my knowledge it hasn't been moved, much less dropped. Assuming that it is irretrievably broken, are all external hard-drives this fragile? I thought I had been storing my stuff relatively safely -- as long as I didn't drop the unit. Maybe I was wrong. I would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who might be able to help.

A:Maxtor external hard-drive doesn't work.

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Hi, I've just bought a Formac 250gb usb 2.0 external hard drive from ebuyer but when i plug it into my machine it's not recognised in any way other than under 'safely remove hardware'.

It's not shown under my computer or in disc management. I've tried plugging it in different usb slots (all of which work fine with other devices) but no luck.

When i first hooked it up the little bubble came up in the bottom right corner sayin 'found new hardware' followed by 'your new hardware is now installed and ready to use'.

I tried plugging into a slightly newer computer and it works fine so the problem must be somewhere on my machine.

I'm running XP SP2 but i heard somewhere that older (slower) machines can't register large external hard drives. I'm only running an AMD 1.21GHz processor with 384Mb RAM. Is this too slow or is there something else that it could be? There are no mimim system requirements on the box / instructions etc.

Any help would be very much apreciated!

A:My Computer doesn't recognise my new external hard drive

See this Guide Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive. Start following steps in Part1, Initial Troubleshooting. (You might just find it only needs to be formatted) give a holler if any other questions or assistance needed

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I use 3 computers, in one that has Windows Seven and other Xp, the computer detects the external hard drive with no problem
But in another Windows Seven pc, it doesn't detect it at all, the hard drive makes a clicking sound and nothing else

So, what can it be?, I even connect it to a TV and can watch movies with no problem, but being detected in that computer, never

A:Computer doesn't detect external Hard Drive

Do other external drives work with that PC?

Does that external drive appear in Windows Disk Management? If it does, does it have a drive letter assigned? If not assign a drive letter.

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System: Win 7 Home, SP1 with latest update.
Hard Drive: Seagate 3 TB external hard drive. Automatically turns on, no power switch.

Here's the problem. My external hard drive no longer wants to play nicely with my laptop, or vice versa. Now, I have my mouse plugged into one of the USBs, (doesn't matter which one, I move it around) and it works fine. Flash drives, same thing, no problem. Same with both of my game controllers. Never a problem.

I go to plug in my external hard drive, and either it will come on for like 60 seconds and then go away, or it doesn't come on at all. However, if my husband plugs in my external hard drive to his computer, which, by the way is the exact same as my computer, both laptops of the same brand and model, it comes on within 10 seconds and stays on.

My external hard drive USED to work on my laptop just fine. And, my smaller (1 tb Iomega) external hard drive works great on this laptop.

So, what did I inadvertently change to make my laptop no longer wish to speak to my external hard drive? I'll bet it's something really simple.

Any help at all will be greatly appreciated, and not argued with in the least!! I promise! (my husband is making me say that. LOL)

Thank you!!


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Upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8.When laptop lid is closed, after about an hour or more the power light is steady on.Laptop will not wake from Sleep Mode.  Keypad, or any other key does not wake this up.Hard shutdown/reboot via holding power key does force a reboot and system works after that.Have put this manually into Sleep Mode and power light blinks and wakes up on keyboard select.  Long term sleep causes problem to recur when manually placed into sleep mode I have updated all drivers including the MEI driver.I have checked power options and all are correct re Sleep Mode.Hibernate Mode is not selected for any Power Profile. I see some reference to installing a backlevel MEI driver version 9.xxxxxxx.  I don't understand how to do that or if that is compatible with my laptop.  I have downloaded in from the Intel website, but have not unzipped it.  Also have seen suggestions to turn off the MEI driver. Any guidance on how to proceed next would be appreciated.  If install of the driver is required, what specifically must I do to accomplish that?  

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I have been using this laptop (510s) for few months now. I paid over a thousand dollar for this laptop and the laptop doesnt even wake up from sleep. i can hear the fan working and the keyboard light turns on but the screen stays dark. this is not acceptable. i have to fully turn my laptop off in order to turn on the screen back on again. this problem doesnt occur everytime, but still happens every now and then. 

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Hi! I have a brand new X1 Carbon Gen3 i7 running on Windows 10 64 bit, the issue is that when it goes into deep sleep mode I am not able to wake up the unit by any mean, neither by pressing a key nor by pressing the power button. I am forced to reboot the unit by holding the power button.  I saw some similar issue in a T440 thread, but no solution was foundhttps://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-T400-T500-and-newer-T/T440-Doesn-t-Wake-from-Deep-Sleep/td-p/1... Your help is highly apreciated! Cheers Enzo 

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