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Upgraded from windows 7 to windows 8 ,now storage device not showing.

Hi,I have just upgraded my PC from windows 7 premium to windows 8 pro.my USB hard drive worked ok before but now it is not showing as a drive on my PC.I am unable to add more files to this device. Thank,You.

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Have you tried to shut down the computer, unplug the usd external drive, reboot the computer, plug in the USB external HDD the should apply the driver. That said, Have you tried a Thumb Drive or any other USB device in the USB ports? It's a common problem when upgrading a OS that Hardware issues popup. Open the Device Manager, Is your USB controller working? Enabled? Any other devices in error? Unknown devices? Use the Win 7 drivers for your computer found on the computer manufacturer's website. Change the compatibility on the driver for Win 8.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013

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SOURCE: usb device not recognised

First try this OPTION:

Possibilities:
1) One of your USB devices have faulted, or is causing a resource conflict (or similar)
-- Remove all USB devices, and reboot.
2) Your USB chip/ports have been damaged.
-- Find a spare HardDisk or bacjup your data and re-install Windows and see how that goes.
3) Your Power Supply Unit (PSU) isnt supplying enough power to your PC (usually caused by a Video card upgrade). Try a more powerful PSU ... 400watts should do the trick
4) Bad memory (RAM) can cause wierd problems. run memtest for an hour to make sure your memory is ok





It seems that many people are still getting the 'USB Device not Recognized' problem from time to time. Unfortunately there is no easy fix.
Firstly, it's recommended that you make sure every one of your motherboard drivers are completely up-to-date, but you probably already knew that.
In XP, after a USB port isn't used for a long while the USB driver built into the OS sets the OHCI controller to suspend. When you plug a device back in, it can sometimes fail to 'wake up' properly. This problem was supposedly fixed in SP1 but there is a related registry hack that may still be able to help.
Run regedt32.exe and navigate to;
HKEY_LOCAL_Machine\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Usb
Create the Usb key if it doesn't already exist. Under this key, create a new DWORD value called DisableSelectiveSuspend and give it a value of 1. Then restart the PC.
A long shot perhaps, but I recall having similar problems with a USB hub built into my Microsoft keyboard and adding this key seemed to solve it. It wouldn't hurt in trying .
Alternatively, removing all entries relating to USB in Device Manager and all associated USB drivers will force XP into refreshing the USB driver stack.
Begin by unplugging all USB devices, then use Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel to uninstall any USB driver software. Next, boot up into safe mode and go to Device Manager. Once in device manager make sure 'Show hidden devices' is checked under the View menu. Uninstall all device entries in this order;
1. USB peripheral devices (printers etc.)
2. HID and/or Composite USB (Human Interface Devices) You're using PS/2 input devices so you may not have this entry.
3. USB Root Hub(s)
4. USB Host Controller(s) (Universal or Enhanced Host Controllers)
Then boot back into Windows (not safe mode) and it should populate the Root Hubs & Host controllers again. Proceed to plug your USB devices back in, starting with your powered hub. Be aware that most USB printers and scanners need to have their drivers installed first before you plug them in.
Hopefully some of this may be of help, let us know how you get on.



IF STILL NOT WORKING JUST BUY NEW EXTERNAL ( JUST EXTERNAL NOT HDD )



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Posted on Dec 22, 2007

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SOURCE: Can not find the device when i plug the usb into my pc

You need to used Disk Management, goto Start> Control Panel> Administrative Tools> Computer Management> Disk Management. Select volume/drive, if you found drive doesn't yet assign a drive letter, you need to assigned it by right click at the highlighted drive then assign drive letter then apply.

Finally, you will just use double click or right click explore inorder you to view the data inside your harddrive.

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Posted on Nov 20, 2007

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SOURCE: PC stopped reading Cavalry External HardDrive

i have a feeling its not the hard drive thats bad i think it sounds like the case .
you can try buying another case and transfering the hard drive to it the case is around $20.00

Posted on Dec 05, 2007

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SOURCE: USB hard drive not recognized by Mac and by PC

Does the external drive work when connected to some _other_ computer? (Friend? Office? Home?)

It could be a failure either in the "hardware" inside the external-case (the USB adapter & interface)
or in the disk-drive "inside" the external-case.

So, a qualified technician can open the external drive, remove the disk-drive, and connect it directly to a computer, to see if the files can be "directly" read from the disk-drive.

If not, then you should search online for a "data recovery" service -- they are expensive, but they physically repair a damaged disk-drive, just long-enough to copy your data to another disk-drive.

Posted on May 31, 2009

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SOURCE: USB External Hard Drive cannot access. Disk

If the drive is available, with a blue bar in disk management, just right click on it and select 'change drive letter and paths'. This will allow you to assign your own drive letter.

If you have more than one external drive or if you use daemon tools, powerISO, they may be trying to occupy the same drive letter, which would explain your problem...

If you see a black bar, it would seem your partition was corrupted and you would need to try and recover your data, if necessary (recuva recovery software is an option) and then repartition the drive.

Hope this helps!

Posted on Jan 27, 2010

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