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External HDD showing as local disk

Q: External HDD showing as local disk

Hi everyone

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

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

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A: External HDD showing as local disk

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

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

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

We could give you some ideas but since data is extremely important:
Remove the disk and don't do anything until an expert (like Jumanji) responds.
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A:Samsung s2 external hard drive not loading showing local disk F drive

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

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

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

Change the drive letter to anything else > OK.

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

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In device manager, unhide hidden devices.

Device Manager : Hidden Devices

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Originally Posted by Kruk

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Can you provide a screenshot of disk management please?
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A:External hard drive not showing up in Disk Management

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2. Check your bios settings

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

Closing duplicate.
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Hi Johnson111,
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what is shows in device manager?..
Disk management?
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I had this exact same problem with a 16GB Toshiba thumb-drive a few days ago.
I'd been having heat-related shutdowns, and believe this to be what caused the issue in the first place.
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Kind regards


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Could we get some more information?

Does this laptop have 2 hard drive bays? Did it always have 2 hard drives?
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Quote: Originally Posted by Mista74

Recently had to reset wireless router and discovered my LAC wasn't working on my desktop. Wizard says bad cable, but I bought a new one and was able to establish a LAC connection on my laptop, which was how I was able to login into my wireless router. I hadn't noticed system tray icon went from desktop to Wi-Fi bars.

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Why didn't disk 2 work? Is it damaged?

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Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

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Originally Posted by Dragane

Any clue why one of my local drives doesn't show in navigation pane?

Hi @Dragane, welcome to!

Expand "This PC", it should reside there.
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Microsoft DiskPart version 6.2.9200

Copyright (C) 1999-2012 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: DESKTOP

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Volume 7 I Win_7 NTFS Partition 78 GB Healthy
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Quote: Originally Posted by masterpiece

hey guyz...

i reinstalled win 7 with disc which i was provided with my lappy...

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MY RECOVER PARTION IS OK...its of 13 gb.

plz help ASAP

i reinstalled win 7 with disc which i was provided with my lappy=>Was that a normal win7 install DVD? Or a restore to factory settings DVD?

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This fixed it:
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