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Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

Q: Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

Hello I have a Dell Inspiron laptop I have an image of the entire hard drive that I created when I first got the computer using Acronis TrueImage and I d like to restore that image returning the laptop back to that fresh clean original state I ve done this two or three times before and it worked great each time But now there s a problem Normally I would in boots as when drive external but laptop hard Primary recognized isn't drive used connect to the laptop a USB storage backup drive that has the disk image boot the laptop from a Rescue Media CD created by Acronis then restore that disk image from the back-up drive onto the laptop s HDD When I tried it this time round the laptop s HDD was not listed in TrueImage at all I created a new rescue media disk tried it again and got the same result I then took the HDD out of the laptop connected it to Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive an adapter kit that let s you power up and plug in the drive via a USB port and external power supply and tried the same procedure using my desktop to run the operation Same result The drive was not detected by Acronis The drive does not seem to spin up at all Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive when it is connected Keep in mind the drive still works when installed in the laptop -- it boots into Windows XP etc When I plug the drive into my desktop the drive does not show up in Disk Management Start Right-click My Computer Manage Disk Management It doesn t show up in either of the two right-side windows so there s no way I know of to format it or do any work on it in Windows When I go to Device Manager Disk Drives I see quot USB Device quot for that drive and under Properties it is listed as quot Disk Drives quot for quot Device Type quot and its status says it is working properly So what I don t get is it works fine when it is in the laptop boots into XP etc but when connected as an external drive or when the laptop is being run off of CD the drive can t be detected and not on just one computer but multiple Is it junk Any ideas nbsp

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A: Primary hard drive boots in laptop but isn't recognized when used as external drive

It's a power issue. Had the same issue taking a 2.5" laptop hdd and attempting to hook up w/ a passive usb sata hdd cable. my recommendation is to use a powered usb sata cable. like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119475 having proper power will allow the USB bus to detect and power the hdd correctly. Hope this helps, take care!

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A:My WD USB 2.0 External Hard drive not being recognized by my Laptop

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,

Can you please post a screen capture image of your Disk Management screen?

1. Click Start
2. Type disk manage
3. Click 'Create and format hard disk partitions'
4. Maximise the window, then take a screen capture image.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Regards,
Golden

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if you do have a solution please explain in detail as far as you can? Computer stuff can be a bit confusing to me sometimes...

because I can see it in device manager on my laptop I updated drivers but it only said that the best drivers where already installed.

ask for any other info needed, and if necessary explain how to get it please.
 

A:Toshiba (store art 3.5) external hard drive not recognized by laptop?

make sure that the device is not blocked by checking the properties of it in device manager
 

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A:External Hard drive not recognized in My Computer or Disk Managment but it is on my laptop

Make sure you update and apply all the Windows updates before trying to use this new computer. You can run Windows Update manually for this
 

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A:Can you make an external USB hard drive, bootable and use as a Primary Drive

Hi

not sure what you are trying to acheive, from what ive read you cant get windows to boot from an exteranl usb hdd no matter what you do.

if its just for disaster recovery then do what i do.

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A:External Hard Drive not recognized

See this Guide Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive

Let us know if you still need further assistance
 

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A:External Hard Drive not recognized

Welcome Mr Griffin

What is the make & model of the Ext HD ? Did it come with any install CD/DVD ? Have you checked the website of the mfg of the Ext HD for any updates ?

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A:USB external Hard drive Not Recognized

If the drive isn't recognized on multiple PC's, there is a hardware fault with the drive.

If it's under warranty, have it serviced or replaced.

It's possible the HDD itself is still good, but the enclosure is faulty. In which case, you can remove the drive from the enclosure and connect to the PC internally, via a USB adapter, or in another enclosure. Note: opening the enclosure will VOID your warranty.

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A:External Hard drive Not Recognized

  
Quote: Originally Posted by MarkBmouth


I have a toshiba external 200G hard drive. It was used on a Dell computer which ran Windows XP. I now have a new computer which runs windows 7. However when i connect the external hard drive to the new computer i start to experience problems with the files on there.

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In the tutorials section of this Forum... check out the various information on "Taking Ownership" of the files. If they were owned by the System account on the old machine you're likely to have problem accessing them.

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A:external hard drive not recognized

Right click on Computer, Choose manage, then click on disk management with it plugged in and see if it is showing up there. Or post a listing of what is showing up.

It may be showing up with no drive letter. If so do not format and do not initialize to avoid data loss. Report back.

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A:My External Hard Drive Isn't Recognized

The drive has probably no drive letter. Try to assign one with (under Partition tab > Change Letter): http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-...n-manager.html

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A:External hard drive not recognized

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A:External hard drive not recognized

Well it wasn't an SSD, so it's probably broke after a two foot drop....There are businesses who specialize in Data retrieval and it's not cheap...How much is your Data worth to you?
 

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A:External hard drive not recognized

That suggests the cable is damaged. Try another cable while we hope it isn't the usb port itself.
 

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A:External hard drive not being recognized

Want to add a bit to this. When I plug the hard drive into the USB port, and only later power it on, the computer makes the "ba-dum" sound it makes when recognizes a new device, but the drive still doesn't show up anywhere.

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I get the following error when I plug in my external hard drive.
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A:External Hard Drive is not recognized

Can you try it on another USB port, ideally one on the back of the PC (ie. not a USB hub and not a port on the front of the case)

Also can you try it on another machine?
 

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A:External Hard Drive not Recognized

Has it been bumped or dropped?

Does it appear in Device Manager or Disk Management?

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management

or go to Start > Run, and type:

diskmgmt.msc
 

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A:external hard drive can't be recognized

First off, screwing around with the drive and "trying" to fix it may actually result in the loss of those files. If you can recover them now, I suggest you do that BEFORE you attempt any repairs. I'd at least recover the most important ones before any attempted repair.
 

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A:External hard drive not recognized

Try it on a different computer.
 

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A:external hard drive not recognized

Does the drive appear in Device Manager or Disk Management?

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.
 

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A:External hard drive not recognized

When attempting to format a FAT32 partition larger than 32 GB, the format fails near the end of the process with the error you received.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938432.aspx

Either Partition the drive 32GB FAT and the rest leave non-partitioned or you could do 32GB FAT x2
 

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A:External Hard Drive not recognized

Have you plugged the device into a USB port and not the hub? Also, check disk management again, look at the bottom portion of the page and see if it is there. It may have just lost its drive letter.

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There may be other solutions/fixes but I have had one external that "died". I opened the case, removed the HD itself and installed it into a computer. The HD itself was still working, but apparently the electronics circuit board in the external case had died. I had to spend another few dollars to replace the external case.
 

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A:External Hard Drive Not Recognized

Forgot to mention it's on a USB 2.0 connection.
 

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A:External hard drive not recognized

Run a diagnostics on the drive.

or

Use a desktop and connect the drive directly to your motherboard using IDE or using S-ATA.
Sometimes, failing drives will now show up via a USB connection. Alternatively, check to see if the drive is seen on another OS such as Linux or Mac.
 

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A:Cannot get USB 2.0 External Hard Drive to be Recognized...

Removable flag?

You should not have needed any special drivers for a USB 2.0 device under Win XP. My recent USB drive was also "missing in action" after being attached. The installation manual neglected to mention one small detail: To make sure the drive is flagged as "removable".

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Hi, there are two possibilities here, either the hard drive has failed or the circuitry in the enclosure has develpoed a fault.

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A:WD External Hard drive not recognized

Hello bal1985 and welcome to Seven Forums.

You say "after I updated" you began having issues. What exactly did you update and can you undo the update? If this doesn't help you might have some damaged or corrupt drivers for your external HD. You can check the Western Digital site for the latest drivers.

WD Support / Downloads / Select Product

Another possible problem is if the USB cord got switched out. Sometimes a longer cord causes a detection problem ( data and/or voltage is compromised.)

Also, something may have scrambled the assigned drive letter causing the drive not to be recognized. Try changing the drive letter.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

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Have you tried one of the other usb ports ?
 

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A:External hard drive not being recognized

Only suggestion I can think of is to go into Device Manager and uninstall the Mass Storage Device under Universal Serial Bus controllers. If it does not show up you may have to show Hidden Devices and see if you can then.

Let it reinstall the drivers for it and hopefully it'll be recognized.
 

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A:Seagate External Hard Drive Not Recognized

Does the drive show up in computer management? Go to start>Computer>(Right click)>Manage?
 

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A:Verbatim 1TB External Hard Drive not being recognized?

Welcome to TSG jordan, Hope you find some help and provide help to others when you get a chance. Thats how the community works!

I assume the device connect with a USB? Fisrt I would verify the USB jack is working (plug something else into it?). Then report back with some information about what you have tried to make this hard drive work. Its hard to give advise\solutions without some information.
 

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A:External Hard Drive Not Recognized Anymore

Solved. If anyone else has this problem, try:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330140

It will reappear with a different name under the disk drives(which is why I didn't realize it in the first place). Just enable it and you should be good to go.

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A:WD external hard drive 232GB not recognized

What is your mother's PC? Windows XP, Service Pack3?
 

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A:My external hard drive is no longer recognized.

Hi Welcome to TSG Forums,

Is your computer connected to a network domain? Have you also tried to plug the external drive to a different computer?
 

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A:Buslink external hard drive not recognized.

It may just need to a drive-letter assigning to it:

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A:External Hard Drive only Partially Recognized

Sorry, it sounds like the drive is shoot, is check disk won't even read the disk then it is probably corrupted. If you don't care about what is on the drive (you can re-download all of you iTunes data) then you can reformat it. Even if you do reformat it you can download software that reads previous formations of the drive and try to recover your data that way, but there is a chance that it could be unreadable.
 

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A:External Hard Drive no longer recognized

Have you checked to see if it shows up in device manager; and if it does; is there a ? mark or ! by it? Cause if that is the case; then that means there is either a driver issue and or a possible hardware issue. If not i would try updating the driver(s) for it; if it shows up in device manager.

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A:WD External Hard Drive No longer Recognized

I would extract the drive from the enclosure and connect it internally directly to a desktop machine and see if it is recognized and works. If the drive works connected internally to a desktop machine then the problem is most likely a problem with the enclosure interface adapter.
 

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A:Solved: Cannot get USB 2.0 External Hard Drive to be Recognized

Yes, Partition and Format it.

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A:External Hard Drive no longer recognized

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A:WD external hard drive not recognized on system

  
Quote: Originally Posted by shivaadepu


Hi i'm new for this.......
and i got problem with my brothers WD external hard drive, it's not recognized in my computer, my brother says "it lost the drive letter or may be some files broken" he had some knowledge about that but we can't fix that one. does any body know about that then help out of this problem.



Hi And welcome to the Forum.
Why does your brother say "it lost the drive letter or may be some files broken"
Does it not get recognised on his PC?

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A:My External Hard Drive is recognized but won't open

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A:WD External Hard drive not recognized in my computer

See Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive The post contains a wealth of data. Hopefully, some of it can be applied to your situation
 

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A:External Hard Drive no longer recognized by the systerm

it may be the box, psu or usb interface that is faulty and possibly the drive is still OK
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First Hard External Drive by recognized my Help!!!!????? no longer laptops, of all I sincerely believe my external Hard Drive really is working based on having this problem before Before this point I would sometimes get the following External Hard Drive no longer recognized by my laptops, Help!!!!????? error message but a few more tries and the external Hard Drives would be recognized But now the laptops know something is getting plugged in to the USB ports but say USB device attached to this computer has malfunctioned windows does not recognize it I have Laptops they are Majik HP Compaq p Windows XP Updated ghz GB RAM quot GB HD DVD-RW USB Ports Majik HP Compaq p Windows Updated ghz GB RAM quot GB HD DVD-RW USB Ports The external I have is a Seagate FreeAgent Desk TB External Hard Drive S N GETBE V I get the same message from windows on both laptops I have tried unplugging it waiting and plugging it back in unplugging the power and plugging it back in plugging it into different USB ports rebooting the computer after making these changes And I still can t get access to my Seagate External HD Thanks for any help I can get majikwiz nbsp

A:External Hard Drive no longer recognized by my laptops, Help!!!!?????

Couple things to try first.

Possible bad cable. Swap out the USB cable with another, hook up to laptops & see if it detects properly.

Connect the drive to a friends computer & see if it recognizes correctly. If it doesn't the problem is with the Seagate. If it does detect, then the problem exists with your laptops.

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My WD My Book essential external hard drive suddenly won't get recognized by the computer. It's about 2-3 years old. When I plug it in, I hear the machine inside starting up and the white light starts to blink for a few seconds then it stops. When I connect it to the PC, sometimes the PC reads it but after 1-2 minutes, it automatically disconnects and the PC won't detect it anymore. Sometimes, the PC doesn't read it at all. The hard disk starts up fine though.

Is the hard disk just overworked? Should I just let it cool down for a few days?

I look forward to helpful comments. Important files are in there. I almost filled up the 1TB of space D:

Thank you so much!

P.S. My PC has Windows 10.
 

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This hard drive has worked fine with my computer for a while now. i recently reinstalled the os onto my machine, and proceeded to obtain all of the necessary drivers to get it back to normal again. however, all of my backed up files were on this external hard drive. when i plug it into the computer (via USB) it is recognized under disk drives in device manager. it still doesn't show up anywhere else, and i can't access it. i tried plugging it into a laptop, and it was the same story. Anyone got a fix? thanks