Question about Hard Drives
Hi i cannot detect my external hard drive which is connected to my laptop
A bit late for a reply to this, but I finally found a cure that worked so I thought I’d throw it out there in case it helps someone down the line….
This worked for my XP (SP3) machine and is a bit technical. Do not attempt if you're not sure of what you're doing.
My drive is a Seagate 160GB (ST3160203UR-RK) with similar symptoms. I’ve tried ALL the “usual” recommendations to fix this - plugging into different PCs, different USB cable, going into Windows Disk Management (where none of those suggestions work cause when I right-click on the drive the only option I got was “Help”), etc, etc.
What fixed it for me was altering a byte in the drive’s MBR. Using MBRwiz 2.0 (freeware) at a command prompt (specifically “mbrwiz /list”) I discovered that my drive’s partition Type was set to “12-DIAG”. Entering “mbrwiz /disk=1 /type=0Bh” (that’s zero B, and substitute your own drive #) changed it back to the correct “0B-FAT32”, and viola! My drive returned with everything intact.
I have been using Acronis True Image 9.0 and have heard rumblings that these kinds of programs can mess up external drives. Can’t prove that this was the cause, but I’ll be watching it closely from now on.
Hope this helps
Posted on Nov 29, 2009
Once for mTTED, YOU CAN USE RECOVERMYFILES TO recover your files from the formatted disk, it should recover all files and then copy them to another drive, you cannot save/copy them to the same drive you are recovering from.
Posted on Oct 06, 2008
Have pc on turn on ext hd let it try loading for second turn it off then put it in another usb slot it should try reinstalling the drivers if it does and it still doesnt work its probably corrupt which doesnt mean that its no good try formating it i know it sucks to have everything lost but sometimes it happens thats why i dont like ext hd all it takes is the right bump and it messes up another thing you could try is try hooking it up to another pc
Posted on Feb 06, 2008
To connect your external hard disk from your laptop you need to enter the device manager and uninstall all USB drivers and controller situated at the bottom and then restart your computer. While you restart just attach the Usb cable of the hard disk.......
Posted on Jan 06, 2009
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