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[SOLVED] External USB drive shows up in Devices & P

Q: [SOLVED] External USB drive shows up in Devices & P

I bought a hard-drive and had it put in its caddy; when I plug it in it does not show up in Computer but in Devices and Printers. In devices & Printers it is not accessible, only its properties can be viewed, i.e., it is functionally useless - Any idea what's going on?

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A: [SOLVED] External USB drive shows up in Devices & P


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hi there,

I have an iomega portable usb drive. I can plug into any of my windows 7 machines and access the files and store data on it. when I put into my win 8 machine it shows in devices and printers and in my computer shows as removable disk but you cannot open it up.

I have went into device manager and tried to update the usb driver installed but no use at all.

really strange that it shows in devices and printers but I cannot get the files.

the thing is I need to install and transfer some backups onto my win 8 machine so I need it to work desperately.

many thanks

A:external drive shows in devices but cannot access

Update the USB 3.0 driver and chipset drivers from the motherboard manufacturer's site.

Assign it a drive letter with Disk Management, if need be.
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I got a problem, my external hard drive (westen digital 1.0TB) isn't popping up my computer. I can see it in devices (USB to ATA/ATAPI bridge) but i can't acces it. What i've done already:Computer Management-> Disk Management. Than ive to initialize the disk, i can choose between MBR and GPT. In both cases i got the error: Data error (cyclic redundancy check). I can't chance any letter
Downloaded different programs but non of them worked

I've to get my files, it's important. I hope some of you know now the sollution.

A:External hard drive shows up in devices but not in my computer

Hello indoow and welcome to Seven Forums. Couple of things to try:

1. Try using a different USB port.

2. Try changing the drive letter.

3. If you have access to a live Linux CD like Ubuntu you may find that Ubuntu will recognize the external hard drive in Computer.

4. The hard drive may be going bad. You could go to the manufacturer's web site and look for diagnostic tools to check the drive. Or you could use SeaTools for Windows from Seagate (works on non-Seagate drives as well.)

| Seagate
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Now when I check the directory of the USB Drive, I see the files/folders that are supposed to be there, which fine and dandy.

But I also see two extra things:
1. Recyle Bin
(contents exactly as the one on my desktop. If i empty it, the bin on the USB drive gets emptied. If I delete something on the desktop. The recycle bin on the USB drive shows that too!)
2. System Volume Information

AA: How did these two files get there?
BB: How do I get them off the USB Drive?

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I then installed Portable Apps Suite onto the USB Drive.
Now when I check the directory of the USB Drive, I see the files/folders that are supposed to be there, which fine and dandy.

But I also see two extra things:
1. Recyle Bin
(contents exactly as the one on my desktop. If i empty it, the bin on the USB drive gets emptied. If I delete something on the desktop. The recycle bin on the USB drive shows that too!)
2. System Volume Information

AA: How did these two files get there?
BB: How do I get them off the USB Drive?

A:Recyle Bin|Shows up in External USB Drive

The recycle bin on the desktop is not really on the desktop. You see, when you delete a file it is moved to a (usually) hidden directory on that drive called recycle.bin. The recycle bin on the desktop shows the contents of all the "recycle bins" on all drives.

System Volume Information contains system restore points and probably some other information but I'm not sure what.

Just check "Hide protected system files..." in folder options and you won't see either of them.
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A:Computer shows external drive empty while its not.

Quote: Originally Posted by Optec

HI everyone,

Ive been using my WD Elements 1.5TB for quite a while now but I recently had trouble with it.
It doesn't show any of the maps I created on it. However if I type the name of the map in the address bars it does reach the map. I use it to store all my programs, games and movies so its quite important.

E:\ = It will show that this folder (drive) is empty
E:\Movies = It will show all the movies.

Its the same with my other folders on that drive.

I had the same problem with a smaller drive but there wasn't much on that so I just formatted it and it works fine again.
I can't afford to have all this data wiped so it will take a lot of time backing everything up. (which I also don't have to room for)

I hope anyone knows a solution for this except formatting the drive,

Thanks in advance

It sounds like your permissions have been changed. Do the following steps.Click Start Menu
Click My Computer/Computer
Right Click the drive in question
Click Properties
Go to the Security tab

What is listed under Group or user names: ?
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A:1TB External Drive shows 32GB of volume available

Did you check the external drive to make sure windows could see/access and had a drive letter assigned to it before you used it?

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A:A external drive that is not connected to the computer shows in explor

Do a complete proper Shut Down and Start Up and see if it works for you.
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A:External Hard drive shows up in PM but freezes when accessed

TweakUI to change drive letters? No wonder you are having trouble. What version of TweakUI?

Drive letter changes need to be made in Disk Management. I don't recall any TweakUI's tha changed drive letters since Win 98 and that program is for a whole different family of operating systems.
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A:Copying data to External hard drive shows error

Hi and welcome,

The I/O device error implies a problem with the USB device.

Run a chkdsk /R on the USB device, and then also run this program to check the health status of the drive:

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A:External 60GB drive is empty and shows 10MB in Explorer

try this,
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Hope t works for you.
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A:Solved: Devices and Printers (Win7) no longer shows my Wireless Access points.

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A:external hard drive shows in my computer but won't hold data or allow reformat
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Welcome to our forum Squidald.

Trying to add up space of folders and compare to free space is a waste of time.
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Complete this tutorial by Golden so other members can have a look.

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1. Please post a screenshot of Disk Management with your external HDD plugged in. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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A:External hard drive stopped working, only shows up as Local Disk -- won't open

Hi, first I would run the Seagate diagnostics to check the hard drive is still healthy following this guide.

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If you do not have an image burner use this free software to make the CD.




Seagate, Maxtor & Quantum:

Western Digital:


Toshiba Fujitsu:

If you have a Toshiba hard drive I would suggest the use of the diagnostics from the Seagate link as this will work on all makes of drive and on any OS.Click to expand...

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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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A:[SOLVED] USB External Storage Devices not working

In bios there should be a setting for usb devices, is that enabled?
When you plug the drive in, does it show up in disk management?
If so you may need to initialize it.
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Hi Vincent,
Thanks for your input.
My problem has been solved.
1 chap from another forum suggested it may have been a fault with my AntiVirus.
He made me check the client policy for USB Auto On/Off for external drive scanning.
he suggested me some changes, & now all my usb external drives work... :)
Thanks all of you.
(P.s.: hope the problem does not pop-up again...)
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A:Solved: External hard drive not assigned a drive letter

If the drive shows up in Disk Management (Start/Run/diskmgmt.msc/OK), right-click the drive icon or the area showing the drive below, select "Change drive letter and paths". In the next window click "Add". Next window click the radio button for "Assign the following drive letter". Select a drive letter. Click OK.

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Originally Posted by rachel.nickells

Hi guys,
I recently bought a Toshiba satellite click mini, tried to use my external hard drive but its not showing up at all. Any ideas on how to fix this?
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Is it usb powered? If so does the hard drive spin up? Are there any clicking noises from the drive?
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A:Solved: usb external hard drive as third drive?

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I think you need to try some software for this procedure. Driver management tool that will find and update outdated drivers on your PC. I use this one. Maybe it will help you Bro ?
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did you check the Device Manager for Yellow/Red Icons?
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Load up your Blu-ray software, and play the disk.
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Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.11.0001.404 AMD64
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Loading Dump File [C:\Users\richc46\AppData\Local\Temp\Temp1_Windows_NT6_BSOD_jcgriff2 (Strand 5-13-11).zip\Windows_NT6_BSOD_jcgriff2\Mini050811-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available
Symbol search path is: SRV*c:\symbols*
Executable search path is:
Windows Server 2008/Windows Vista Kernel Version 6002 (Service Pack 2) MP (2 procs) Free x64
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS Personal
Built by: 6002.18327.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.101014-0432
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0xfffff800`09c16000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0xfffff800`09ddadd0
Debug session time: Sun May 8 10:55:00.586 2011 (GMT-4)
System Uptime: 2 days 3:25:49.212
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *
Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.
BugCheck 3B, {c0000005, fffff80009eba1aa, fffffa601847d2a0, 0}
Probably caused by : ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt!NtAdjustPrivilegesToken+3dd )
Followup: MachineOwner
0: kd> !analyze -v
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *
An exception happened while executing a system service routine.
Arg1: 00000000c0000005, Exception code that caused the bugcheck
Arg2: fffff80009eba1aa, Address of the exception record for the exception that caused the bugcheck
Arg3: fffffa601847d2a0, Address of the context record for the exception that caused the bugcheck
Arg4: 0000000000000000, zero.
Debugging Details:

EXCEPTION_CODE: (NTSTATUS) 0xc0000005 - The instruction at 0x%08lx referenced memory at 0x%08lx. The memory could not be %s.
fffff800`09eba1aa 483900 cmp qword ptr [rax],rax
CONTEXT: fffffa601847d2a0 -- (.cxr 0xfffffa601847d2a0)
rax=fffffa8005f32bf8 rbx=0000000000000000 rcx=0000000000000000
rdx=fffffa800a34c820 rsi=fffff880156ee620 rdi=0000000000000000
rip=fffff80009eba1aa rsp=fffffa601847db00 rbp=fffffa601847dca0
r8=0000000000000000 r9=0000000000000000 r10=0000000000000001
r11=fffffa8005f32bb0 r12=fffff880156ee620 r13=00000000048f6301
r14=00000000067dc700 r15=fffff88013ccf560
iopl=0 nv up ei pl zr ac po cy
cs=0010 ss=0018 ds=002b es=002b fs=0053 gs=002b efl=00010257
fffff800`09eba1aa 483900 cmp qword ptr [rax],rax ds:002b:fffffa80`05f32bf8=fffffa8005f32bf8
Resetting default scope
PROCESS_NAME: svchost.exe
LAST_CONTROL_TRANSFER: from fffff80009c6ff33 to fffff80009eba1aa
fffffa60`1847db00 fffff800`09c6ff33 : fffffa80`05f32bb0 fffffa80`05f32b01 00000000`06fdec08 fffff800`00000000 : nt!NtAdjustPrivilegesToken+0x3dd
fffffa60`1847dbb0 00000000`77c96faa : 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 00000000`00000000 : n... Read more
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Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7000
Date: 3/13/2010
Time: 3:07:29 PM
User: N/A
Computer: EMMANUEL
The ftsata2 service failed to start due to the following error:
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What is the make and model of the machine you are on? any idea?
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A:None of my devices can detect any external HDD

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A:None of my devices can detect any external HDD

You might want to have a look at this program;
On that site, scroll down to the 9th black heading;
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Here's a thought...

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Very Strange.

Please run CCleaner
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A:External HDD shows disk not formatted

Start by testing the drive with diagnostic software. Regardless of who manufactured it, you can test it with Seagate's SeaTools for Windows from here:
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