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Can't access data on external drive

Device manager shows it installed and working properly, the drive appears to operate in every manner except data access. I believe it was accidentially locked. How do I unlock the drive?

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  • bmineer Jul 14, 2009

    I had tried that. The inital tab showed all space as used, but no data info. Using the tools tab, I checked the drive for disk errors but none were found. It seems the data recorded info has been blocked from view.

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Right click on the drive in my computer and click properties see what it tells you like info.

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It is always a good idea first to check the Disk Management before the Device Manager.
  1. Right-click on My Computer.
  2. Click on Manage.
  3. Choose Disk Management from the left column.
  4. Try to find the external drive in the lower window. It should be "Disk 1" or some other number (but not Disk 0).
  5. If it is displayed there, you can troubleshoot it inside the Disk Management (for XP/2000) (for Vista)(for Windows 7). If not, continue on.
  6. Then choose Device Manager from the left column.
  7. Choose Disk drives.
  8. If the drive is not seen there, check under Universal Serial Bus Controllers (if the drive is connected via USB). The drive should appear as a USB Mass Storage Device.
  9. If a yellow ! icon is displayed next to it, double-click on the drive.
  10. A Properties window will appear and will probably say "This device is not working properly" and will give either (Code 28) or (Code 10).
  11. If Code 10 appears, the drive has most probably failed. Verify by trying the drive with another USB cable or port, or on another computer.
    If the drive does not work on the 2nd computer, the drive is probably defective. You can begin a replacement request at our Warranty Services Page.
  12. If Code 28 appears, you will need to test the drive on another computer.
  13. If the drive functions correctly on another computer, the Windows USB drivers are corrupted or missing. You will need to try to reload the USB drivers for the operating system by inserting your Windows install CD, rebooting, and attempting a Repair/Restore.
    warning.gif This can be dangerous to your data and you should disconnect your external drive before attempting this.
    If the drive does not function correctly on the 2nd computer, it is probably defective. You can begin a warranty replacement at our Warranty Services Page.

    For Vista and Windows 7 Only: If the drive works fine on another computer, there are a few steps to follow while the drive is connected to the original computer:
    1. Right-click on Computer and choose Manage.
    2. Double-click on the Device Manager.
    3. The device will usually appear under "Other Devices" or "Unknown Devices"; right-click on it and choose Uninstall.
    4. Once it has disappeared from the Device Manager, disconnect the device.
    5. Open a Windows Explorer window (right-click on Start > Explore).
    6. In the address bar, type c:windowsinf and press Enter. For Windows 7 type c:windowssystem32driverstore and press Enter.
    7. Delete the file INFCACHE.1.
    8. note.gif If you get an error when trying to delete this file, try the following steps:
      1. Right-click on INFCACHE.1.
      2. Select Properties.
      3. Click on the Security tab.
      4. Click Edit to edit permissions.
      5. Click Add to add Group or User name.
      6. Click on the user name under which you are currently logged in.
      7. Click on the Full Control box in the lower permissions section, then click OK.
      8. Delete the file.
      9. Reboot and reconnect the drive. The file should be rebuilt, correcting the problem.
      10. If that fails, you will need to try to reload the USB drivers for the operating system by inserting your Vista install CD, rebooting, and attempting a Repair/Restore.
        warning.gif This can be dangerous to your data and you should disconnect your external drive before attempting this.

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A 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.


Sometimes they become faulty due to overstretching age or heavy objects sitting on top of them.


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.


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First, please disconnect all USB devices and then perform the following steps:


Click "Start" button, type "devmgmt.msc" (without quotation marks) in the "Search" bar and press "Enter". Click "Continue" if necessary.



In Device Manager, double click to expand "Universal Serial Bus controllers", right click on the Host Controller, click "Uninstall" and click "OK".



Repeat the step 2 to uninstall all items under "Universal Serial Bus controllers".



Then, restart your computer and Windows 7 will reinstall all USB controllers automatically.


If the hard drive that has failed is the same one that you are trying to recover from might the reason that you are getting this error.


This could be an issue where the part of the hard drive you are trying to access is corrupt and not accessible which would explain the reason that it would let you access the other partition.


Now I have seen cases where Malware can break the link of a Hard Drive.

So let's try a couple of steps.


Let's go back in to "Disk Management"

Lets right click on the partition that you are not able to access and select "Change Drive Letter and Paths"



Now try selecting a new Drive Letter.

This will restore the path if it has been broken.


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.


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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.


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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.


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