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External Hard drive not loading

Q: External Hard drive not loading

My computer recognizes that the hard drive is there as local disk E but wont actually load. I can get it to load on my tv but it wont play my movies. Please help it has a lot of important things on there,

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A: External Hard drive not loading

You could try running chkdsk /f in command prompt to check and fix errors on your drive.
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I have a Samsung s2 1tb external hard drive.

Today when I hooked it up to my laptop it would not load. It will shows local F drive when it usually will say samsung Drive.

A pop up box will then appear stating "you need to format drive"

I know if I reformat it I will lose all my data which I will not do.

When I look in device manager it states that the external hard drive is installed.

I attempted to go through start menu and type cmd then F: and it states "The volume does not recognize this system file. Please make sure all required system drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupted."


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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A:Slow loading of files on External hard drive

Could be something else, but it could also be that the hard drive is dying. Don't do a bunch of scans or things to stress out the drive. Focus on getting your files off it. Make sure you are using the fastest usb port available on your computer (newer computers sometimes have one or more usb3.0 ports and mostly usb2.0. Older computers might have some usb1.0 ports which are the slowest).
I would connect it to a totally different computer in case it's a problem with the laptop causing this. In any case, precious files should not only exist in 1 location :|
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A:External hard drive "hanging" or infinite loading.

Fill out all of the System Specs in the lower left hand corner of your message. If we know what is in your PC it will help to better figure out the problem.
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In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }
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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:Loading Onto External Drive Has Become Slow

Once again...close to a hundred reads and zero response...I'm seeing a pattern.

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A:Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive

This is the way it works. I have an 80GB SSD and an internal HDD and the same happens if the file/folder is large enough. If you just copy a few MBs, you will not see the window with the green stripe running. But if e.g. you copy 500MBs, you will see it. It physically moves the data. That is different if you copy on the same volume from one folder to another. Then it only makes an entry in the MFT.
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A:What happens after you convert your internal hard drive to an external hard drive?

does the OS simply get "reduced" to a bunch of files that I will see on my newly installed OS?Click to expand...

it will just be seen as a data drive and you would need to goto the directory for your data
it wont run as an OS at all
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A:Can external hard drive be used for full internal hard drive?

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It should have about 465GB, what are you seeing?

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Welcome aboard.

Try this:

Download V 0.8.1 from

Drive Tools for Windows

Unzip to a folder. In it you will have two folders Win32 and x64, each containing DriveCleanup.exe for Windows 32bit and 64 bit respectively.

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A:maxtor external hard drive unformatted and undesignated by drive letter

What size is the hard drive?

Do you know what motherboard you have?

STEP 1: CHECK POWER (click for expanded instructions further down the page)

Verify that the drive light and the light on the AC adapter (power supply) is illuminated normally.
It is sometimes necessary to contact Technical Support for troubleshooting and/or possibly to replace the power supply if it behaves unusually.

STEP 2: CHECK CABLING (click for expanded instructions further down the page)

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Try another USB or Firewire port.
If your drive is powered only by USB, such as the FreeAgent Go, the Maxtor OneTouch mini, and the Seagate Portable drive, then the drive's cable has two USB connectors. Try connecting both of the free USB connectors into a USB port for maximum power availability.
Avoid connecting the drive via a USB hub for now.


Follow these instructions to ensure that your installation of Windows XP/2000 has been updated to the latest Windows Service Pack.

Right-click on My Computer and choose Properties.

The System Properties window will appear. On the General tab (which will be at the front), see the "System:" information.

For Windows 2000: Update to Service Pack 4.

For Windows XP: Update to Service Pack 2.

Allow your computer to complete the installation of the Service Pack.

Reboot the computer and connect the drive. Turn it on and see if the drive is detected now.

STEP 4: CHECK DISK MANAGEMENT (click for expanded instructions further down the page)

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Check the upper window to find whether the drive letter is present.

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If it is still not detected, proceed to Step 4.

STEP 5: CHECK DEVICE MANAGER (click for expanded instructions further down the page)

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If none of this gets the drive detected, you can begin a replacement order online, or, since the drive is new, you can usually exchange the faulty unit for a replacement at your place of purchase (please contact the place of purchase for a full explanation of their policy regarding returns).

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It is usually because the installation cannot recognise the SATA driver for the hard disc
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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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Acronis has a good reputation.
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Hello & Welcome to TSF

this sounds like a driver issuse

try this

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Ralph Stegner

This is often a faulty RAM problem.

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Hi Lyceum

I'm not exactly clear on what you meant by "I formatted my Partition Drive then made it into Free Space". Did you mean to say that you reformatted a logical partition that had files on it, and that viewing it afterwards shows the partition as formatted (in NTFS or FAT32), and completely empty (100% free space)? . . . Or?

What tool(s) did you use to reformat? Partition Magic? Windows XP Disk Management?

The activity could be harmless activity such as the Windows XP Indexing Service (when it runs, it should show up in your processes list in Task Manager as "CISVC.exe" --- "Content Indexing Service"), or it could be malware-related. Did you reformat as part of a pest-removal?

Scan for malware as thoroughly as you can, just to be sure. Scan with as "thorough" or "high" settings as your antivirus and antispyware allow, and scan from both normal and Safe modes. Include rootkit scans, too ---

If you find evidence of a serious infection, try the 5-Step Security Checklist ---

Run Task Manager to check on your running processes, and then identify any you are uncertain of --- ---

If you want to see if it's the Indexing Service that is tripping things up, you can disable that fairly easily (you actually uninstall it, using Add-Remove Programs in the Control Panel -- and re-enable it by reinstalling it) ---

Best of luck
. . . Gary
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