There are many popular brands of external hard drives in market such as Seagate, Western Digital, Samsung, Toshiba, Maxtor, Hitachi, and more. External hard drive is often used to store and transfer data, but sometimes users might run into data loss problem on an external hard drive when PC cannot recognize the external hard drive. Usually, an external hard drive might be unable to be recognized due to different reasons such as virus infection, improper operating, hardware issue, bad sectors, etc. When an external hard drive is no longer recognized by PC, many users will think that the files will be lost forever. However, is it true? In this article, we will share those possible reasons why PC stops recognizing an external hard drive and how to recover data.
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It is true that data is recoverable from an external hard drive when it is not recognized by PC, but you need to rely on a third-party data recovery tool. You may rely on iCare Data Recovery, which is a powerful, advanced, reliable and easy-to-use data recovery program for all Windows users. This data recovery software enables you to recover pictures, videos, music, document, etc from all brands and types of external hard drive including Western Digital, Seagate, Samsung, Toshiba, Seagate, Hitachi, Maxtor, etc from 160 GB to 6 TB. In a word, iCare Data Recovery is a useful and secure data recovery tool that can help you recover any data from all types of external hard drives when PC fails to recognize it normally. This software also allows you to recover files when pen drive is not recognized by computer.
Step1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery on your computer. Connect the external hard drive to your computer and run the software. Then you can select the proper option to begin data recovery.
Step2. Choose the device where data lost and the software will perform a scan for lost files. You just need to wait during the scanning.
Step3. When the scanning is finished, you are allowed to preview all found files to evaluate their quality. Then, you can select the files you need and recover them.
Ps: you cannot save the recovered files to the original external hard drive. Instead, you can save the selected files to any other device such as a USB drive or hard disk partition.
Although you have installed anti-virus software on your computer, your external hard drive might still be attacked by virus or spyware when you plug it to a stranger’s computer, especially a public computer. If your external hard drive is infected with virus, the virus might corrupt the external hard drive or data stored on the drive. In this situation, your external hard drive may fail to be recognized by your PC. Therefore, it is very important to protect your external hard drive from being attacked by any virus or spyware in order to avoid data loss.
Improper operation will corrupt the external hard drive and even cause data loss. What is improper operation on an external hard drive? For example,
Such kind of improper operation might lead your external hard drive to be corrupted and it will be recognized when you plug to your computer. In order to avoid data loss due to such kind of reason, it is recommended you to operate properly on your external hard drive.
Sometimes, when you connect your external hard drive to computer, it is not shown as an external device in "My Computer". However, you may find that it is shown as an unknown device in "Disk Management". If you right click the unknown device, you may receive message like "Disk drive is not accessible. Access is denied". An external hard drive will show such kind of message due to different kinds of causes, but as long as the external hard drive is not physically damaged, you are able to get back files on it.
Seagate external hard drive is one of the most popular external drives all over the world, but you can also find that many Seagate users are trying to look for a solution for data recovery when their external hard drive is no longer recognized.
Case: I have a 500GB Seagate external hard drive. When I plug it in, it cannot show up in My Computer" but it is shown as a RAW device on "Disk Management". How can I fix the problem without data loss?
If the external hard drive can still be detected on "Disk Management", the external hard drive is not physically damaged. In this situation, you cannot format the RAW drive. Instead, you should run data recovery software to recover data first of all, and then format the RAW drive to NTFS or FAT32.
"When I connect my Western Digital hard disk drive to my computer, it cannot be recognized. I cannot find any external device on my computer."
If you are a Western Digital external hard drive user who is looking for a method to fix the similar problem when the drive cannot be recognized, data recovery software is always the best solution to rescue data from an unrecognizable device.
"I need some help please because my Samsung external hard drive is unable to be recognized on my computer. A lot of important files are stored on this external drive, but I cannot access it anymore. What should I do to get back the lost files? Any help will be appreciated very much."
Samsung is another famous brand of external hard drive. As an external device for data storage, Samsung external hard drive will also fail to be recognized by computer in some situations. It doesn’t matter why your Samsung external hard drive is not recognized by computer, what matters is that you should avoid overwriting the lost files on the drive and protect the Samsung from being physically damaged.
Data is recoverable from all kinds of external hard drive when it is not recognized by PC, or it is shown as unknown device. Before data recovery, you should always remember not to do any operation on the external hard drive, which may decrease the chance of data recovery. The data recovery software is also available for micro SD card file recovery when it cannot be recognized due to micro SD RAW drive error or other error on the card.
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