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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first of all try to use the USB to any different port and then try to see if ur able to get it working..
second try to use any other device on the same port where ur trying to connect the USB of ur external HDD (this will confirm whether the USB ports are working fine or not)
once done then click start - Start Search and type there Device Manager..
(if ur unable to do so then) the other way is to click start - then Right Click on My Computer or Computer.. then select Properties towards the very bottom.. on the next page.. towards the left hand side on the very top u shall see Device manager..
Under Device Manager search for USB tht should towards the very bottom of the page.. (remove the USB external HDD)
click on the Plus sign there and under that u shall see a lot of USB options.. Delete all those One by One.. (dont worry nothing will go wrong)
Once ur done with this.. then restart the computer..
All the USB devices shall be reinstalled on the computer again.. and then after that try to reinsert the USB for the external HDD.. if ur able to get the device detected great..
if not then u need to call Maxtor and get the external HDD replaced
Let me know if this resolved ur query...
For that you need to uninstall all usb driver from device manager. Right click on my computer icon then you see system property then go to hardware -> device manager then uninstall usb drivers 1 by 1 . Then restart computer then all usb drivers are automatically installed. Then connect your harddrive if still face same problem then connect your harddrive to another computer then check. If another computer cant see your harddisk then your harddisk has hardware issue. It need repairing . If it is in warrenty take it to service shop they replaced it.
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