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WD External HDD suddenly not showing up on My Computer

Q: WD External HDD suddenly not showing up on My Computer

Hello everyone. My first post here, and I really hope someone out there might be able to help. I'm pretty worried about losing all my files.

I have had a Western Digital externall hard drive permanently attached to my wife's old desktop PC (which runs XP) for a year or so. I've always been very pleased with it - it connected perfectly, and it has always just shown up in My Computer there as an extra drive. Perfect. However, that PC was getting old and the memory nearly full, so I copied all my important files (family photos, etc.) to my WD HDDm disconnected it from the old desktop, connected it to my much newer laptop (which runs Windows 7), and hey presto - it appeared in Computer. Again, perfect, no problem. However, I realised that I had not transferred all the files I needed from the old desktop to the HDD, so I had tp disconnect the HDD from the laptop and reconnect it to the desktop again with the intention of transferring the files I'd forgotten to transfer first time around. And this time, the HDD did not appear in My Computer. It DID appear in the little icon, bottom screen right, which you click to safely remove something, and it did show up in Devices, it just didn't show up in My COmputer, so I couldn't access it. The exact same thing happened when I tried to connect it back to my laptop - it's there in the "safely remove" icon and in Devices, but not in My Computer.

I am not very computer literate, but I've tried everything I can think of to fix this and nothing is working. I am worried as the files & photos I have on my HDD are so important, and I am completely baffled as to why something that connected perfectly well to both older desktop and newer laptop first time around should stubbornly refuse to be fully recognised by both computers second time around.

If anyone here can offer some help, I would be massively grateful. Thanks very much in advance.

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A: WD External HDD suddenly not showing up on My Computer

Hello and welcome E mate hook up the drive > go to Start > type in cmd > right click on the small black window and run as admin > then type diskpart > hit Enter > at DISKPART type list disk > it should then show all the drives that are hooked up take a look at my pic (my screen is blue / white out of choice yours will be black / white).

Tell us what you see better still a screen shot using snip > Star type snip > pin to taskbar (very handy there) the screen will go milky drag a line arounf the screen part you want and then > File > sSave as (I put mine on the desktop for easy access but you can put it where you like)

When posting back just below the reply window there is manage attachments > browse and pick the screen shot > upload and post back.

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Hi all,
I am at my wits end.
I stupidly relied on my Western Digital external to back up all my photography, and today its not showing in My Computer.

When I go to 'manage drives' it shows but is unassigned and when I right click there is no option to assign a letter to the drive. I should point out it does show in device manager.

I tried unplugging it, putting it in a different USB port and also tried it on my lap top and its not showing.

After reading a couple of suggestions I tried a programme called Partition Find and Mount, I didnt know what I was doing but it found the drive and asked me to mount it. I changed the drive letter and after a while it showed the contents in Windows Explorer, which leads me to believe that my stuff is recoverable (I pray).

Can anyone tell me how to get my drive to be recognised again?


A:External hard drive suddenly not showing and unassigned

Have you tried using it in another computer?

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Anyone have any idea why suddenly out of the blue my network quit showing one of my computers? I have a tablet and laptop both with windows 10. my tablet still shows both computers, but my laptop no longer shows the tablet. I didn't change anything. What can cause this and how do I fix it? thanks.

A:network suddenly quit showing computer

The Winsock and DNS caches are corrupt.

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I just bought this tower from someone, HP Pavilion Windows Vista Home Premium OEMAct. It worked for an hour and a half. Then it said that it was shutting down to correct a problem. It never came back on. When I first got it I blew and vacuum so much black dust I never saw that thick before. I cleaned out both fans with blowing air and vacuum. It worked for 1 1/2 hours. He also had installed windows 10 on it. There is not many programs installed on it, he said he only used it to play games, and there are a few photos in the picture library. Please help someone please?


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A:Computer suddenly stopped showing on display

Hello Would like to help but first what is the specific model of your PC? Dirty PC is not good to begin with. Upgrading from Windows Vista, amazed the upgrade worked, to Windows 10 is another snag in finding the problem. Suggest you try going back to Windows Vista and diagnose problem with factory operating system. Do you have HP recovery discs for Windows Vista? Maybe you can start there to find problem. Grzy  

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Yesterday I was burning a CD of some of my music to take to work and listen to. After burning 4-5 songs there was an error (windows media player) and it could not burn the rest.

I hit OK and exited the program, then went to eject myCD, and it did not open. So I go to My Computer to select eject, adn there is no cd drive lsited all of a sudden, and not one in Divice manager either.
The LED light on the cd rom is still glowing green constantly, but it will not respond or try to open when I press eject. And it makes no sounds as if it is trying to read a disc or such.
I tried system restoring to 2 days ago, but it did not fix the problem. I've tried unhooking it, and hooking it back up to no avail. I have tried the Mr Fixit program from the microsoft site, and it DETECTS the problem, and syas 'CDrom/Drive not being recognized" or such, but has a red X next to it saying it could not resolve the problem.
I have also tried going intoo regedit, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/Class/
{4D36E965-E325 -11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} Then deleting Upper and lower filters (mine only had upper) and rebooting. And still nothing.

This is very frustrating since I am an avid computer gamer and can no longer insert my game discs to play/etc.

I'd be beyond thankful if someone could help me fix this soon, and please put it in turns/steps I can understand. Aside from gaming and internet, I am a tech novice.

Thank you so much in advance!

A:CD Rom suddenly not showing up in device management/computer etc in Vista &wont eject

Its likely a physical hardware problem. Open up the case, disconnect and reconnect both the power and data cables(on both ends) and see if the drive opens. If not the drive may have failed. The drive should even open with just the power cable connect and the data cable connected, so as a last test try ejecting the tray with only the power connected.

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WD 1Tb sitting in a BlackX box.
Not sure if this is in the correct place.
Had this problem before but just can't remember how I fixed it.
I took the HD to Wiffies computer and it worked fine there running Windows 7 Pro 32-bit.
I am running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.
When looking in "Devices and Printers", it states that the HD is working properly.
It also states that it has the latest driver.
Thanks for this site and any help.

A:external HD not showing in MY Computer

Is it showing up in Disk Management? Post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

If it's detected as installed, Rightclick on the HD in Computer, choose Properties, then TOols, then tick both boxes and check the disk.

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Few days ago my External HDD started showing some weird behavior. It will crash sometimes when I copy/paste data to/from it. Usually removing and re plugging solved the issue (safe remove never worked after it'll do the above weird stuff, I had to just pull out the USB connector).

Then after some days, it finally crashed. I got an alert saying "Drive G: Needs to be formatted". I didn't format it of course.

Then after that, whenever I connect it, I can see the "remove safely" icon but it doesn't show up in "My Computer", and the green loading bar in My Comp keeps on loading and gets slower and slower as it reaches the end. (I find this really hilarious). Sometimes it does show up like in screenshot below

(My Ext HDD is "S:" in the picture, as explained below)

I tried changing the Drive letter after I read this

Here's a screenshot of Disk Management after My Ext HDD was renamed. But sadly the Disk management crashed at the end

Is there any way to get my data back ?

A:External HDD not showing up in My Computer

You can right click it in Disk Management and assign it a drive letter, but my guess is it will want to try to format it. It sounds like the drive is failing or failed. I would download the hard drive diagnostic software from the manufacturer and run the diagnostics to see if it has died or not.

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Hi all. Need some help. My WD My Passport SE 1TB light blinks non stop when i connected it to my laptop. the drive does not appear in My Computer but i'm able to see it in Disk Management. the hdd is working fine on my laptop until my wife used it in her office. now i'm facing this.

1. Pop up when i run Disk Management

2. When I try to initialize

3. When i right click Disk 1

i did read up the previous threads with similar problem but none of the methods is working.
i tried using WD's Data Lifeguard to test scan:

1. Main Page with my ext. hdd shown

2. Quick Test

3. Result in 0 sec... which i think it did not scan at all.

4. Extended Test

5. Result in 0 sec again

6. Write Zeros which i did not perform cause it says that all file will be lost.

Also tried Using Minitool Partition Wizard. My ext. hdd drive does not show

With Test Disk. same result my ext hdd drive does not show

really need some help for me to access my files in my ext hdd back. lots of pictures and work stuff from my old laptop are in it. let me know what should i do.

thanks in advance

A:Need Help - External HDD not showing in My Computer

Hi, Welcome to Sevenforums.

You did a lot of checks and that is good.

Try this,

Click on start --> run --> type regedt32 and click on OK.
( If you are using windows vista or 7 then click on Start --> In search box, type regedt32 and press Enter)
First backup your registry by going to file --> export.
At the left side navigate to this location
If you see any upperfilter or lowerfilters at the right side delete it.
Good Luck

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i have a smart disk firelite 60gb external hard drive. it has worked just fine no problem for a few months. the other day it just stopped showing. i have tried it on a couple different computers and still nothing. it will not show up in my computer and it wont show up under disk management. i found it in computer management under device manager disk drives. it says the device is working properly. i have unisntalled the driver and reinstalled it a couple times and still nothing. under the volume tab of the device properties it comes up with...
disk: unknown
type: unknown
status: unreadable
partition style: not applicable
capacity: 0 mb
unallocated space: 0 mb
reversed space: 0 mb

i have alot of important files on there is there any way for me to get this drive to work again? or at least recover the files that are there?

A:external not showing in my computer

Try connecting the disk directly to your computer - it may be the USB-ATA chip that is bad and not the drive itself.

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I recently installed a Belkin FireWire 3-Port PCI Card successfully. A friend gave me his external 40gb HD by Lacie to put music on. When I hooked the two up and restarted the computer, nothing happened. I don't see it in the device manager either. I am running on a POS ME and it functions for basic needs like internet, music, and the calculator. I know, sad, but it is what I've got. Anyways, if any of you can help, that'd be great. I'm not super tech-savvy, but I learn really quick, and am always greatful for suggestions. Thanks!

A:HELP! External HD not showing up in My Computer!

Sounds like you havnt installed the drivers, or there nor working properlly, Im not to sure about these things either, so ill wait for a techie to come and confirm this, if im right

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A friend gave me his external to transfer some files onto it but I cant seem to get it to show in my computer.

It shows in device manager and disk management and it also shows up in devices and printers.

I've tried assigning its own drive letter but those options are greyed out.

A:WD My Passport External HDD not showing in my computer

Hi there

Right mouse click (on the partition - not the system partition) and assign it a letter - then it will show up. In your example right click on the 465.42 GB partition with the blue strip at the top.



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Hello I am new here, fairly knowledgeable when it comes to computers, im taking a computer tech class at the moment, but disc drives seem to be my weak point.

So I got a 3TB WD My Book 1140 External USB Hard Drive about a year ago, one of my friends had knocked it off my table and it had landed pretty hard on the ground, it seemed to work after that though, next time I unplugged it and plugged it back in it failed to show up under my computer (I have assigned a letter to the drive so it isn't that) however it did show up under computer management (excuse the screenshot, I tried to cram as much information in one picture as possible)

I have some valuable information I need there for school so any help would be appreciated, Thanks.

A:External HDD malfunction/not showing up under my computer


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external hard drive not showing in my computer but shows in device manager.

plug and play finds drivers and installs, properties tab says device is working properly but no show in my computer.

I've tried two separate hard drives ( Segate and a Maxtor NOTE:apparently the same company now) but no joy. In fact the same thing happens with both as mentioned above.

How do i get it to show up in my computer so that i can actually use the thing.

I bought the case and the IDE hard drive seperatly and put them together as it was cheaper than the alternative.

Any points would be great. thanx in advance, if you need any more info just ask. thanx again.

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It all started with a problem with a Spybot update. Ultimately, I wound up removing that program. Now, my HP 1600 Personal Media USB drive is not recognized by the system. When I power the drive on, there is a little "talking" between the computer and the drive but otherwise nothing. I tried plugging the drive into a different USB port on the same computer to no avail, AND when I have the drive connected now, every process crawls. If I run a program and I get tired of waiting, I power off the external drive and all works fine.

I reinstalled the driver and that didn't work. Please dont tell me the only solution is to reformat the drive since it is almost completely full.

A:Solved: XP Computer Suddenly Stops Recognizing HP External Drive

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

A:External Hard Drive Not Showing Up On My Computer

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

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

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


A:External hard drive not showing in my computer

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

Hope that helps. Rik.

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Hi all,
I had a problem of Windows 7 x64 Pro not seeing my 8TB Seagate USB HDD no matter what I tried, it just would not show anywhere except in "Devices and printers" and there was nothing I could do with it there!
After several weeks and hours spent on the net searching for an answer I struck the resolution by chance, because i like to fiddle about my operating system.
In case someone is still facing such a problem of external USB HDDs not being recognized and not even showing in "My Computer" or in "Disk Management" (as I had), here is what I did to resolve this problem:
1. Open "Device Manager>Universal Serial Bus Controllers",
2. Look for the USB "Mass Storage Device" and uninstall it by selecting it and hitting the "Uninstall" menu button at the top (with the red X on it),
3. Do a "Scan for hardware changes", the system will find and install the appropriate drivers and you should be able to find and use your device now.
I hope this will be of help to someone.

A:External USB HDD not showing in My Computer or Disk Management

Info save to my hard-drive, thanks! I could have used that some time ago. May need it again someday.

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

A:External Hard Drive not showing up in My computer

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my WESTERN DIGITAL hard disk was running smoothly and i can access all datas.....
but today 1 disconnected it and there after it is not showing on "my computer"...

bt d indicator light is on and it is rotatng insise......but cant access it ....

smbdy pls help me soon.......

A:external hard disk not showing in my computer

Can you provide a screenshot of disk management please?

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

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

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

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I can hear the drive running, A sound is made when i plug in the device, and I am able to eject it, but the drive does not show up in "My Computer". I know the drive is not faulty, and I know the adapter is working too. This is a IDE to USB adapter in a Seagate drive. The drive is ST316021 as shown in the photos below. I can't get it to show up in my computer. All I can think is maybe virtual clonedrive is interfering with the auto-assigned drive number? C:/D: Is my partioned original drive, F: is a different bare drive I have internally. E: is cd-rom and K: is virtual bluray. The seagate is missing for some reason.
What can I try?

A:External HD not showing in my computer but shown in Dev Mgmt

Can you post a screenshot of disk management with that drive connected,

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

It sounds like it doesn't have a drive letter,

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance!

A:External hard drive not showing in My Computer

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

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

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

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

Thank you for any help you can provide

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

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

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

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Hi guys,
I bought a brand new buffalo ministation 500gb hard drive,plugged it into my laptop and everything as working fine.It was recognised in my computer and i proceeded to transfer a file from another external hard drive onto it.This caused my laptop to freeze,so i removed my new hard drive and so the problems began
The hard drive shows up in device manager and disc management but not in my computer
In disc management,it is under Disc 2,offline and not initialised and is unallocated.
When i try and initialize or right click offline i get the message "I/O device error"

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as it is very frustrating

I have tried different USB ports and USB cables to no avail

A:External Hard Drive Not Showing On My Computer

"i get the message "I/O device error"

That almost certainly indicates that the drive in question is faulty. It's by no means unheard of for a new drive to be faulty.

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

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Hello, sorry if this potentially is in the wrong section. New to this website. 

But I come here asking for some suggestions or a step by step process on getting my external hard drive working on my pc again. 
It was working before, but I decided to plug it into my xbox one console usb port in order to download a game and play which it configured the external hard drive. When I attempted to plug it into my laptop usb port it no longer showed up under devices with
removable storage. I did a little bit of research and found my way to device managers to see if the computer even recognized the usb. Turns out it does recognized it but for some reason it would not show up on the laptop. So as of right now I cannot access
the files inside of it at all. The light is always on and I can hear the fan run inside the external hard drive, also it still works with my xbox one to play the games I downloaded in it so I know it still works. I am lead to believe that when the xbox one
configured it, it changed the settings so now it isn't compatible with my laptop.

Is there anyway to reset the settings on it or re-configure it so I may have access to the files on my external hard drive through my laptop? Thank you for reading! 

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I just got a new Packard bell go
external hard drive which I used for a
couple of days with no problem. btw it
has never fell or had any physical
damage. I plugged it one day into the
PC and it couldn 't be detected in my
computer. it shows up in devices and
printers and also in disk management.
I read on some forums to try and
initialize it but it gives me an error
saying cyclic redundancy check. I 've
tried everything but still not working.
this is a new hard drive which has
never fell and no physical damage.
and please don' t tell me to return it
cos it was bought in another country.
the only option right now is to fix it .
any help ?? thanks

A:: External hard drive not showing in my computer and cant initialize help?!

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Have just added a new external Hard drive to my system it shows in device manager under disk drives but nowhere else have tried using drive management but it's not there. Any idea how to get it to show. I have other external drives which show no problems, it's just this new one

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I've been trying to fix it for over 10 days now, and I tried lots of things but nothing seems to work , so I hope that you can help me.

System Info (If Needed):-
- Operation System: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-Bit).
- Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth P67 (1 PCI, 3 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR3 DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394).
- CPU: QuadCore Intel Core i7-2600K, 3500 MHz (35 x 100).
- Memory: 8168 MB (DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM).
- Disk Drive: WDC WD20EARS-00J99B0 (2000 GB, SATA-II).
- GPU: ATI Radeon™ HD 5770
- USB 2.0: 8 Ports.
- USB 3.0: 2 Ports.

My external hard drive stopped showing up in My Computer, but it was working fine before.

Possible Causes:-
1- I think "And I'm NOT Sure" this happened after I Unplugged it without using "Safely Remove Hardware", I'm Totally aware that unplugging it while it's in use could damage it, but when I tried to "Safely Remove It" it told me "Windows can't stop your device Because a program is still using it", and I was in a hurry, so I unplugged it without using "Safely Remove Hardware".

2- Few Days before it stop working, it was getting slower and sometimes it hangs.

External Hard Drive Condition:-
- it's Samsung S2 Portable (640GB).

- I think I bought it from about 1-1.5 years ago.
- It's out of warranty.
- I'm Not using it that much, maybe 1-2 hours per day and sometimes I don't use it at all for several days/weeks.
- ... Read more

A:External Hard Drive Stopped Showing Up In My Computer

Answers to your questions:
1) The only way that MIGHT work is if you buy a new enclosure
2) No
3) no
4) Just break the case open, then you can connect it via SATA, and if that doesn't work it is un-salvageable

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Thought I had the issue or issues resolved yesterday with JohnWill's help. Turned on the external hd this morning then started computer. Checked to see if it still was in my computer as drive G. It wasn't so I proceeded to disk management where it now shows as disk 1 uninitialized with unallocated 189 GB. Wizard comes up to initialize I click on disk1 to set, hit next. Screen says process complete and to hit finish. Hit finish but then after around 30 seconds screen message comes up telling me to check event viewer because of a problem. Checked event viewer and message says there was an "unspecified error(80004005). Please help!!

A:Solved: I'm back! Maxor external hd not showing in my computer!!

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I bought a new computer with Win7 about a month ago which came with a 1TB Seagate hard drive installed so I decided to replace my previous 250 GB Aulartek External with a 1TB Seagate External Drive.

Well ... to make a long story short I tried installing the new Seagate 1TB Expansion Drive a few hours ago but up to this point I can't get the computer to recognize it.

However, there is a 'green light' visible on the end of the new Seagate External that is lit up and if I click on the 'Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media' button on the taskbar it does show something called 'Eject Desktop' under 'Open Devices and Printers'.

I tried going to the Seagate Community Forum but got even more confused than when I started trying to troubleshoot my problem with not being able to see it listed under 'Computer'.

My old Aulartek External had an 'on and off switch' and this new Seagate doesn't have one unless I just can't find it.

I have both the USB and A/C Power supply plugged in.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks and regards,


A:New Seagate Expansion External Drive not showing up in 'My Computer'

Try right clicking on computer in the start menu, and select manage. In the window that opens after giving admin approval, selece disk management in the left column. It should show every hard drive connected to your computer. In the lower portion of the window, look for your Seagate, right click it and select change drive letter or path, in the next window click add and choosed a drive letter. Click OK. after the drive letter is assigned, you will be able to see the drive in explorer.

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I have a 120gb external HDD, I've connected it to my laptop and it has been used before but it is not showing up in My Computer. It is recognised by the computer and installs correctly and is visible on device manager and disk management, I've tried reformatting and this doesn't come up where it is supposed to. Is there a problem with the HDD or my computer? or is it something ridiculously simple. I'm running 32 bit Windows 7 Ultimate. Any help would be brilliant

A:External Hard Drive installed but not showing up on My Computer

Welcome BmBranch

In Disk Management, does it show that it has been assigned a drive letter. Can you right click on it & open it, & browse the HD to see what is on it ?

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I've been trying to fix it for over 10 days now, and I tried lots of things but nothing seems to work , so I hope that you can help me.

System Info (If Needed):-
- Operation System: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-Bit).
- Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth P67 (1 PCI, 3 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR3 DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394).
- CPU: QuadCore Intel Core i7-2600K, 3500 MHz (35 x 100).
- Memory: 8168 MB (DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM).
- Disk Drive: WDC WD20EARS-00J99B0 (2000 GB, SATA-II).
- GPU: ATI Radeon? HD 5770
- USB 2.0: 8 Ports.
- USB 3.0: 2 Ports.

My external hard drive stopped showing up in My Computer, but it was working fine before.

Possible Causes:-
1- I think "And I'm NOT Sure" this happened after I Unplugged it without using "Safely Remove Hardware", I'm Totally aware that unplugging it while it's in use could damage it, but when I tried to "Safely Remove It" it told me "Windows can't stop your device Because a program is still using it", and I was in a hurry, so I unplugged it without using "Safely Remove Hardware".

2- Few Days before it stop working, it was getting slower and sometimes it hangs.

External Hard Drive Condition:-
- it's Samsung S2 Portable (640GB).
- I think I bought it from about 1-1.5 years ago.
- It's out of warranty.
- I'm Not using it that much, maybe 1-2 hours per day and sometimes I don&... Read more

A:External hard drive stopped showing up in My Computer

"I hear a weird intermittent constant "Sound" and it's NOT loud, MAYBE It's a "Clicking" sound, But I'm not sure."

Maybe a soft click or a sliding sound? The drive should normally do nothing more than hum.

"I connected it to another PC, it didn't work there too."

Dang it didn't past the test here either. When things go wrong in my computers I often try them in another machine. If it works in the second machine then I know it's still working. If it doesn't work in the second machine then I usually consider the device dead. I'd try a third machine if you have that resource.

If the data are that important I'd consult a data recovery specialist.

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my external hard drive not showing up in my computer and it is working fine before.
I can see my external hard drive in Disk Management and Device Management, but not in my computer.
I need help and i doesn't won't lose any data.

and when i go to the disk managment they they said you must initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it. I dont want to initialize because i will lose all my data.

A:Windows 7: External hard drive not showing up in my computer

People have been able to recover from "drive gone unallocated" by using MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Download here: Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
You can install the program in Windows, or run it off a Bootable CD or flash drive.

You then use the tool to Rebuild the MBR (assuming the disk was originally initiated MBR and not GPT.)
Directions here: How to Rebuild MBR with partition magic? Partition Wizard Rebuild MBR Video Help.

If the rebuild is successful then you need to give the partition(s) a drive letter, which you can do in PW also.

See if that works.

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hey little trouble here. My WD Passport 120 GB. isnt showing up on screen. On the system tray the safely remove option is available , hence proving that its being detected by my comp. but the icon wont show. i tried start/run and typing the assigned drive letter and that worked too. but doing that every time is a bit too hectic. so if any one has overcome this similar challenge plz do advise!

A:Solved: External HDD icon isnt showing up on my computer

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I have a 1.5TB external hard drive connected to my computer running Windows 7 via USB. It is on and connected when I start my computer, however, it does not show up in Explorer and is not accessible. So I power it off. I know the computer "sees" it in some sense because I hear the windows disconnect sound when I turn it off. I wait a few seconds and then turn it on, and now it shows up and works. This only happens with 1 of my external drives and not with the other 5 I have on my computer. Can anybody shed some light on this?


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

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

In Device Manager it gets detected. (screenshot attached)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please Help.

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

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

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I have a Windows XP and have recently been having some virus issues. I have used Avira, AVG, Malwarebytes, Spybot, etc., to scan my computer and remove a lot of the corrupted files.

The problem I am having now is that any external device I plug in to my computer (hard-drives, thumb drives, iphone, ipod and memory cards) through any of my usb and card reader slots are not being recognized in "my computer."

The slots do work, in the sense that the external hard-drives light up and the disc spins, I can charge my iphone and ipod through my usb, but my computer does not find them so I cannot access the external hard-drives, memory cards, or sync iphone and ipod. Also, I can hook up these same devices to other computers without any issues.

I have uninstalled and reinstalled all of the usb drivers, tried safe mode, and multiple other things I've read from other forums. I was also getting the "windows no disk exception processing error" that I was unable to resolve by any of the proposed methods such as renaming drives, etc. I ended up downloading a patch to make this error go away, but it just stops the error from popping up, it doesn't actually fix the problem. I am guessing this might be related to my current problem, but it may also be a result of some of the spyware and trojans I have had and what I deleted from my computer to clear up these viruses.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I really want my computer to be able to ... Read more

A:external usb devices and memory card readers are not showing devices in my computer.

Scan you computer with "Microsoft AutoPlay Repair Wizard". It will scans your computer devices to find defective AutoPlay settings, and attempts to fix those it finds.


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When I plug any hard drive or memory stick into either USB port on my Dell XP computer, the default E: drive letter and device does not appear in the "My Computer" window. I can see it when I access the administrative tool for storage devices and access it there also.

If I change the drive letter to any other letter, all works fine and the drive is forever denoted with whatever drive letter I have assigned. The problem is that the E: is always the default and therefore any new device requires a manual letter assignment in order to make it operate.

I think the problem began when I was downloading a large set of files from a friend's external hard drive. It all went okay until one of the files hung up the system due to some sort of fault in the file. I waited a long time for the computer to resolve the problem but nothing happened. Instead of trying the Task Manager to stop the process, I forced a shutdown with the on/off button.

I have tried uninstalling the USB driver and also uninstalling various drives. All the drives work fine in my other computers. My friend's drive worked okay after I re-booted, and I was able to complete the upload. The problem seemed to start after I got a blue screen when performing another boot-up the next day. I shut down from the blue screen (it just said there was a serious error without defining it) and restarted normally and all - except the drive letter issue - worked fine.

I would appreciate any assistance.

A:External USB drives using letter E: not showing in "My Computer"

Hi Toucan,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

OK, it looks like some program you had installed had disabled the automount and always looks for and assigns a drive letter to the pen drive. (my guess). This in most cases can be corrected by entering into the program settings and making the necessary changes.

Can you recollect any such program that looks for a drive?

What programs/games did you install recently?

What are those "large set of files" you downloaded?

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I recently connected an external HD to my Windows 7 Pro OS, running through Parallels Desktop on my iMac Quad Core (OS 10.8.6). [See info below.]

The drive was was formatted and used on the Mac OS.

Connected to the Windows side, the external drive shows up in the Printers and Devices listing, but not as one of the drives listed for "My Computer."

I'm imagining the drive needs to be reformatted for Windows, but I don't see any way to do that.

Any help would be much appreciated.


Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500S CPU @ 2.70GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2815 Mb
Graphics Card: Parallels Display Adapter (WDDM), 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 65539 MB, Free - 33968 MB;
Motherboard: Parallels Software International Inc., Parallels Virtual Platform
Antivirus: Norton AntiVirus, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: External HD not showing in "My Computer"

Microsoft refuses to recognize formatting other than NTFS and FAT... .

Does the drive appear in Disk Management? If so, you may be able to format it there.

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I ran Kaspersky as my computer was way overdue for a full scan and it scanned a BullGuard file without any issues to report, but the thing is I've never used BullGuard, never downloaded it, never been anywhere near it. So I took a look in the folder it's nestled in - Windows > Applications > Tools > Security > BullGuard

There are nine files in the folder, one a video aptly titled Video, two PNG files, two .EXE files (one is called BgLicTool and the other BullGuard90_64), a file called licensekey.dat, a VBScript file called Bullguard, and two Windows Command Scripts named License and Install. Are any of these legitimate files? Can I delete them without problems? Kaspersky can't quarantine them and I haven't tried to move or delete them. I haven't run either of the EXE files or opened the video or images. I would just go ahead and delete them but I've had serious problems trying to remove fake programs before =/ The more I type the sillier this question seems but I thought I'd make sure.

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit, don't know if that helps. The computer is slower than usual but nothing else weird's been happening other than finding these files.

EDIT: Looks like another user's having a problem related to mine, with descriptions of finding files they don't recognise. I've found one other folder with sub-folders that I don't recognise and can't figure out what it belongs to. The two unrecognised (to me) f... Read more

A:Program I've Never Used Suddenly Showing Up

Hello and welcome.Right-click the taskbar, and then click Start Task Manager. Do you see a ping.exe consuming the CPU?Run RKill....Download and Run RKillPlease download RKill by Grinler from one of the 4 links below and save it to your desktop.

Link 1
Link 2
Link 3
Link 4

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

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Hi folks. Just wondering if someone here has come across this kind of problem before. I run 2 HDD, both are Maxtor 60gb, the Master holds Win 2000, Win XP Pro, and Redhat 7.3. The 2nd HDD holds 3 partitions, I use these for storage of various data - Multimedia, Webdev, MP3, ect. Here's the prob - On reboot earlier today, the 2nd HDD suddenly showed up as unformatted. I've booted into a couple different DOS based diag apps, and get the same result, that the partitions are unformatted, including Partition Magic. The 3 partitions are intact, just unformatted. Which, of course, renders the data useless, as I can't get to it. Any advice here would be greatly appreciated. - Thank You. -Ed Parrott

A:2nd HDD suddenly Showing Up As Unformatted

hey edparrott

Can you see them when you use the W2K OS?

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all of a sudden this morning my forefront software is discovering the above trojan on my machine. indiates it is cleaned and then 5 minutes later it finds it again.

How do I clean this?

A:trojan suddenly showing up

Greetings and Welcome to The Forums!!My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of usPlease do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.
We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.
Pay special attention to the NOTE: lines, these entries identify an individual issue or important step in the cleanup process.Please provide feedback about your experience as we go.
A short statement describing how the computer is working helps us understand where to go next, for example: I am still getting redirected, the computer is running normally, etc. Please do not describe the computer as "the same", this requires the extra step of looking back at your previous post.NOTE: At the ... Read more

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Hi all, I recently got Windows 7 64 bit.
the day i got the machine home and running, i connected my USB harddisk and installed some stuff i had backed up from it.

But suddently i dont see the USB drives when i connect them, i have 2 and none of them is detected, or will they are detected and the "Safelly Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon comes up in my right lower corner as it should, and when i click it my devices is shown by their propper names and i can safely remove them aswell. but they are not shown under "my computer" and my anti virus dosnt scan them aswell.

Tho if i plug in my USB flash pin from my key ring it finds it, anti virus scans it and it shows up just as it should.

Can anyone help me solve this as im really confused by now.

A:Win 7 Suddenly Stopped showing USB Drives

Welcome to SF, Jimkromann.

Could be a driver conflict.

Type MSCONF, go to startup tab, and uncheck everything EXCEPT microsoft items (for testing purposes).

Reboot and see if your usb devices are recognized.

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