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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: 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

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make sure that the device is not blocked by checking the properties of it in device manager
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A:Can you make an external USB hard drive, bootable and use as a Primary Drive


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A:External Hard Drive not recognized

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

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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.

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A:External Hard drive Not Recognized

Quote: Originally Posted by MarkBmouth

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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):
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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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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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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:

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A:External hard drive not recognized

Try it on a different computer.
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Hi all,

This is the issue:

It is a dell inspiron 500m, i'm trying to connect a new WD external drive250 (wd2500me) gb on it. but the external hard drive is not recognized by the pc. I tested it on another pc and it is working well, i also test the usb ports on the 500m and worked well with usb sticks.

i contacted dell and told me that the harddisk is not supported, i need to get another external or another motherboard ...ppfffff

aslo this external doesn't required drivers..
after trying several times i got a message that said something about low voltage or something..

anyone who can help me?

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Does the drive appear in Device Manager or Disk Management?

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.
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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.

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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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Forgot to mention it's on a USB 2.0 connection.
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Run a diagnostics on the drive.


Use a desktop and connect the drive directly to your motherboard using IDE or using S-ATA.
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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.

Please post back and let us know if anything helped solve the issue.
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Solved. If anyone else has this problem, try:

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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: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.......
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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.

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Post back.
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