Hard Drive not Detected by Windows®
What are the reasons for the hard drive not being detected issue in Windows? How can we resolve this issue?
Hard drive is one of the most important part of the system. It is a storage device where all the important data and information is saved. If the hard drive gets corrupted, all these files are lost. You have to keep your system free from virus infections. In many situations,this problem arise because of the jumper issues. You can check that if there are two hard drives are present. If yes, you need to set the major hard drive as master and the newly added drive as slave. You need to use the jumper to the slave or set it like that using a cable. If you do not follow tese steps, the new hard drive will not get identified by the Windows. The other causes include driver not assigned, unpartitioned drive, virus infection, issues with USP port, etc.
Following are the tips to resolve hard drive not being detected issue in Windows:
- Disk management
- USB hard drive
- Corrupt hard drive
Open the disk management. Right click 'My Computer' and select 'Manage' and then 'Storage' respectively. If the drive is not allocated, right click the 'unallocated space' and choose 'format'. You can also try to do repartition. If the drive is located with no drive letter present, you need to assign a driver letter. If the drive is located with assigned letter, right click on it and choose 'Explore'. Windows Explorer will open, and the device will be listed there.
USB hard drive
You may face connection problems with the USB hard drive. You need to make sure that the USB device is connected firmly and directly to the USB port through the USB hub. You can also use other ports in the system. It is better not to use the USB extension cable. You must also try to use other USB cables to check the functionality of USB Port.
If the hard drive present in the system has got any issues, then it will not be detected by Windows. This may occur because of virus infection in the system. Virus infections corrupts the system files and folders and also the hard drive. So you can run a full system scan using an antivirus software and clean your system. You also have to check the functionality of hard drive by using the manufacturer diagnostic utility.
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