PC won't boot up with 500g Seagate drive plugged into USB
Help!! I had an issue with a Western Digital external drive before, but only sporadically. My PC will not boot with either of these drives connected. I reformatted my PC recently, and still no joy.
Should I see my PC C & D-drive in the drive manager tab? What can I do to fix this, by the way I have tried Tweak UI, but don't know what I am looking for/at.
I need someone to talk me through any fix, as I don't know about bios and firewall port operation. :(
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Had a similar issue with Western Digital. Unfortunately, the only way to get your data off the drive is to send it off to a data recovery studio. You may try finding it in COmputer Management-Disk Management, but I doubt you'll have any luck. Most probably the read/write heads are damaged.
Hope this has only been used for backups, and not as a primary storage. The best way to trouble shoot something like this is to purchase a USB/SATA adapter. You will need to dissemble the device and take out the hard drive. Connect it to the USB/SATA adapter to see if the drive spins up and can be seen by the PC. This will let you know if the drive is OK and whether the fault is related to the external bay electrices or the drive itself.
Good luck, you can get the USB/SATA devices quite cheap off of eBay.
go into your 'update settings'. there is a section of where it asks you about how you want your settings set and where to send updates to. You may find the problem here. Check all the 'advanced' settings as well. If your Western digital is plugged in via USB and not requiring updates, unplug it while starting your system, after complete start up, reinsert the USB plug. It may show new devise found, then from here, you may be asked to reinstall it to stop the rebooting.
Check the drive letter assignment for the disks, and make sure it is not the C: driver. I am assuming you can boot and then plug the disk, right? So use the Disk Manager to check the driver letter, and change it if it is conflicting with another disk.
I recenctly bought a my book 500 gig drive and it is usb.
the firsttime I plugged the usb cable in it worksed. I had only a 40 gig ide harddrive and so I ordered an internal 500 wd hard drive to replace it. The internal 500 gig is a sata drive. first I cloned the 40 to the sata 500 and then copied the external 500 to the internal. I mover the cables to then make the internal 500 sata my boot drive. The computer would no longer show the external e\when i used the windows explorer. the device manager said it was there and working with no problem but windows did not see it.
After several experiments with diferent configurations I have concluded my motherboard wasauto configuring the external and internal 500 drives as drive 0. Since the usb was detected first and was notthe boot drive then windows assigned the internal drive as drive 0 and since the usb drive was drive 0 also it would not work. windows ignored it. my solution was to return the ide as the boot drive and plug the sata into a slave port. with that configuration both drive are seen and work normally. It took me several days to find this arrangement. so since my sata ports are auto configure and the external has a sata connection i will install an esata port adapter and try to hook it up as a slave sata drive so i cab\n use my internal 500 sata drive as my boot drive.
sorry this was so long but it is my solution to what others may be facing.