External hdd not detected in my computer but is in device manager
I have a new samsung external hdd that when connected via usb does not come up in my computer but does come up in disc drive list in device manager. I have yet to format this drive but I think this is done in my computer by right click on the drive an selecting format. I have tried all usb ports and have other external hdd that work no worries, Anyone got any ideas thanks ****
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You probably still need to partition it, before you can even format it. Try the disk manager in Windows.
In the start menu, right-click "My Computer" and in the popup menu, select "Manage". One computer management comes up, select disk management and there you should see the disk. You can then create a partition and format it.
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USB hard drive is a portable external storage device that works just like a conventional hard drive. The device is simply plugged into a USB port on your computer as you would connect a flash drive. Unlike a flash drive, however, a USB hard drive can store a much larger amount of data. If your computer will not recognize your USB hard drive, you can try troubleshooting steps to resolve the problem.
Plug one end of the USB cable into the port on your hard drive and plug the other end into the USB port of your computer. Ensure that both ends of the cable are connected securely. Open "My Computer" (Windows XP) or "Computer" (Windows Vista/7). The USB device should be listed as "removable disk" once it is plugged into the computer. If it is not listed among the available drives on your computer, proceed to the next step. Ensure that the data cable is working properly. Try another USB cable if you have one available. Disconnect all other USB devices from the computer as they may interfere with the operating system detecting the external hard drive. Reboot the computer if the USB hard drive is still not recognized. Plug the USB cable into another USB port and check to see if the device is detected. If you are using a USB hub, remove the device and plug the external hard drive directly into a USB port. If the computer still fails to recognize the device, the external hard drive itself may be experiencing a hardware problem. Check the status of the hard drive in the "Device Manager" window. Under Windows XP, right click "My Computer" and select "Device Manager." For Windows Vista and Windows 7, click the "Windows" button in the lower left corner of the screen, then type "Computer Management" in the search bar and press "Enter." Select "Device Manager" in the "Computer Management" window. In the Device Manager window, click the "+" sign that appears beside "Disk Drives." If the external drive is not listed, click "Other Devices" in the Device Manager window and see if an "Unknown Device" appears. The external hard drive may have been detected but the device is not working properly. If it is still under warranty, take the device to the computer store where it was purchased to have it repaired or replaced. Hope this helps.
Check Following Instructions:
1. Check your USB cable properly connected to the computer.
2. Go to My computer - right click on property - Hardware - Devices Manager - in below - USB Mass storage device - right click on this - and Uninstall - then again right click - click on Scan - it should be reload your USB drivers
your External Hard Drive will be detected
It could be that the OS is not assigning a drive letter to your
removable drive. To do this, go to disk management and assign one.
Assuming OS is Win 2000/XP/Vista
Right-click My Computer then Manage Click on Disk Management Right-click the removable drive and click on Change Drive Letter Assign a drive letter and click OK Your drive should now show up on My Computer
Not sure what could be the problem.
There are many issues here.
- Did this drive worked before?
- If it did, was this your boot drive?
- USB cable and connector problems
- How is this connected to the drive?
- Is it in a package that came with the drive complete, or you had to install it?
My two cents... Samsung and other Japanese drives are not that reliable and if it's new, return it and get a Seagate drive. They have five year warranty and much better drives.
Also, specs indicate that you need USB 2.0 or 1.1. I had problems connecting via a 4-port hub (that was supposed to support USB 2.0) so ended up connecting directly via my computer USB ("Enhanced" = 2.0) slot, which seemed to work fine.
Hi, After plugging ur HDD, verify the device is detected or not in Device manager and Try Partitioning Again GUI mode (means in XP).. or follow the steps..
1- Go to Computer Management, Click Disk Management 2 - You will find you External HDD in the Right side 3 - Just Right Click the Drive, if it asks Initialize HDD, just Initialize and Create Partition as u like.
Formatting a drive means resetting it to manufacturer settings
And deleting everything in there, this solves most of hard
Disk problems, mp3s ipods ect..
if its powering on without being connected to anything do the following.
connect it via usb cable to your pc, or if it’s a hard drive its already connected. click on start, right click on my computer and go to manage in the table select, "storage" then "disk management" in that table find the drive that relates to your mp3 player if its not there "buy a new mp3 this is faulty" if its there then right click on it and select "new partition" you just next next everything and then format it and after a while it shows "healthy2 unplug it, plug it back on and that's it your drive is fully working now move what ever you want to it just like before.
When you have the drive connected,go to your control panel,open up Administrative tools,Computer Management,Disk Management.See if drive is there.If it is, right click in drive space ,assign a drive letter.
If not,scan for new hardware.
You could also look at your usb port handler in your device manager.Update your usb controller,usb handler