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Published On: Tue, Nov 12th, 2019

How to fix external drive not detected issues on Windows 10?

After connecting an external device into your system, you have to wait until the File Explorer shows it automatically to use it. But not every time, you will get this direct process. Sometimes a problem may arise in your device, connection, settings, or a hardware issue that can arise. In such cases, either the Window 10 will not detect the derive, or if it will detect, it will not show in the File Explorer. And if you are searching for the solution to this problem, this article is for you. In today’s article, I am going to apprise you about How to fix external drive not detected issues on Windows 10.

If the system doesn’t detect your external drive, make sure the drive’s power is ON. An external hard drive or a flash drive doesn’t require a separate power source because they get power over the USB. Well, a physical power switch or a dedicated power cable is available with some desktop external disks. So, you should check your power cable, if this is the case and your external drive is not showing you the results. You can either plug it in another power cable or swap it if possible. If you are still not finding the results, go for the following steps.

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Check the drive in Disk Management

Press Window key + X and open the Power user menu to select the Disk Management option from the list. Here you will get the information about all the hard disks which are connected to your computer. You can check all the information related to it like review sizes, partitions, etc. Check the list of external drives in the Removable if it doesn’t appear in the This PC window. If you find your drive in Removable, switch to, Create a New Volume and Assign a Drive later. Here you will be able to format it properly so that other devices or Windows can access it.

Switch your USB Port or your Computer

Well, if you still don’t find a problem with your drive, there must be a problem with the port you are using. So, switch to another port and plug your drive on to it. You have a dead port if the drive works with another port. Try to connect your drive directly to the computer instead of the USB hub because some of them may not provide you with enough power to function. If you still don’t find the results, switch your computer, and if still the drive doesn’t get detected, there is surely a problem with your drive. 

Solve the drive issues

Well, if you do not have a computer to switch, you can solve the device issue in the Device Manager. Now, open the category of disk drives and search for the device with a yellow exclamation point. This symbol indicates the problem in the drive. Go to that device, right-click it, and select Properties. There you will get the error message. So, you can now solve the error which the device was holding. 

If you still do not find the problem solved, go to the update driver button, and install the updated driver. Well, you can go for other options also like, the Roll block driver button, which can revert the recent driver updates.

Final Verdicts

So, guys, these are some of the ways to fix the external drive not detected issues on Windows 10. I, hope now, you will be able to solve the issues. So, now you would not need to call an expert every time you face any issues. You can do it yourself.

Author: Kamal Saini

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