How To Fix External Hard Drive Not Showing Up in Windows 7/8/8.1/10

Nowadays we do save our files or folders like photos or videos, or any other files in hard drive; let it be in the hard drive of your device or in the external hard drive. Before there is a practice that most people store their important files or folders in their Laptop or Desktop internal hard drive, but nowadays most of the people keeps interest in storing files and folders in external hard drive. As it is portable and you can carry it anywhere and the main part is that you will get huge space then in compared to the hard drive of any of your device.

But there are many issues seen when you insert your external hard drive on your PC, most of the time you will see the PC will not support your external hard disk and many other errors occurs. But the major problem of the external hard disk is that most of the time, even after the external hard disk is inserted in the PC the hard disk doesn’t show up on the screen. So today in this content I am going to give you a perfect solution for how to fix external hard drive not showing in windows.

Fixing External Hard Drive Not Showing in Windows Error:

There are many ways to fix this error of external hard drive not showing which I am going to tell you here below. There are many steps, I am going to tell you one by one and I am very much sure after reading this you will be able to sort out the errors easily.

Checking the Device Management:

When you get introduced to errors like this when you insert your hard drive on your PC, you must follow this step in the first, and then you can follow some other steps to sort out the errors. So let’s have a look at the steps following which you can sort out the error of hard drive not showing on your Windows PC.

  1. When your hard drive doesn’t show up in the “my computer” even after it is inserted properly in your windows PC. You must check the drive management option of your device. So go to the Start menu of your PC and type Device Management.
  2. Now a dialogue box will appear in the screen where you will see list of the name of all the drives present in your computer. So now you will need to check if your external hard drive name is shown in the list or not.
  3. The name should be visible in the list, but if not. Click on the last button under the Help menu button. On clicking this you will refresh the hardware listed in the list and you will also be able to install newly added hardware device.
  4. The second and he most important thing that you need to check is the USB (Universal Serial Bus Controller) and should make sure that all the ports and enabled and is working well.

So by doing and following these steps you can sort out the error of Hard drive not showing up in Windows. This is just a single step, let’s have a look at another steps to sort out this error of hard drive.

Checking the USB Drivers:

You must check out the USB drivers before you do any other steps, because most of the time USB is the main part of this error. So let’s check out the steps to check your PCs USB drivers.

  1. You have to always make sure that you are having the latest USB driver software on your PC.
  2. You can update your computer, as on updating your PC, it will also update your PC USB drivers.
  3. Or you can also go to your motherboard manufacturer support website and then you can download and install the latest USB drivers from here.

So by doing this also you can fix the error of the hard drive not showing up in the Windows PC. If the error is not sort out even with this process, then you can follow the other process that I have given below.

Run Disk Diagnostics:

This is another procedure that you must check out when you face this error. This procedure will surely help you.

  1. Most of the time just because of some simple errors on the file system on your PC, your computer might not recognize your external hard drive.
  2. So go to the manufacturers’ website of your hard disk to diagnose the software. Here you may find a free version of diagnose software.
  3. So download and install the software for free of cost on your PC.
  4. Run the software on your PC to find out the errors of the hard drive.

Doing this you can easily find out which is the culprit of the hard drive not showing in Windows error. If this step too gets failed, then you can move on to this last procedure and I am sure this will sort out the errors.

Final Procedure to Sort Out the Error:

But before you do these steps, it is a note that you do all these steps at your own risk. You can skip removing the external enclosure of your hard drive if you are not feeling safe. If you want you can get it done by any professionals and, the most important thing is that you must not remove your PC HDD drive. But if you feel safe doing this at your own then here below are the steps:

  1. You can also open the external enclosure of your external hard drive.
  2. Now plug in your hard drive on your PC directly and check if the hard drive is working or not.
  3. If the hard drive works, then directly take the backup of the external hard drive.
  4. Buy a new external enclosure for your hard drive and then plug in. After plugging in, check the hard drive on your Windows PC if it is working or not. But you have to make sure that you keep back up of your hard drive.

So these are all the steps that you will need to follow to sort outthe error hard drive not showing up in the Windows PC. I am sure after doing all this procedure; the errors will be sorted out easily. But now I would like to tell you about some other similar errors which you may face while connecting your hard drive with your PC.

Here in the content I have given all the possible steps that you should do to sort out the error hard drive not showing up in Windows PC. I bet now whenever you face such problems when you connect

Your hard drive with your PC, you will be able to sort out easily. But even now if you are having any queries regarding this error then you can comment down below.

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