External Drive Not Recognized

"I have a 500GB WD external hard drive which is often used for data backup. Yesterday, I wanted to reinstall operating system on my computer, so I moved all important files to the external hard drive. After system reinstalling, I attempted to move those files back to my computer. However, the problem is when I connected the external hard drive to my computer, Windows system cannot detect the external HDD. I think my external drive is corrupted due to some unknown reasons, but I really want to get back the lost files how to repair data from WD external  drive when it can’t showing up in My Computer?"

Data Recovery from Unrecognized External HDD

If external hard drive is not detected by system when you plug it to any computer, you should stop using the external HDD. Then, iCare Data Recovery provides a way to recover files. It is a read-only tool to recover files from external HDD when it is corrupted, shows disk error or even cannot be recognized by PC. This  tool lets you recover all kinds of data including photos, videos, music, office files (excel file recovery, word file recovery and ppt recovery), etc from any brand of external HDD including Western Digital, Seagate, Samsung, Maxtor, Kingston, etc.

Steps to Recover Files from Corrupted Portable Hard Drive

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Step1. Plug the portable hard drive to Windows PD. Run the software and choose scan option.

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Step2. Choose the portable hard drive and click Next button to scan.

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Step3. Double click the file to scan and then select all needed files to recover.

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Why Is External HDD Not Showing up?

Usually, when you plug an external hard drive to computer, system can detect it as a removable HD . However, why does the external HDD stops working and become not readable? The reasons are various. Sometimes, external drive will be corrupted because of some unknown reasons. Windows cannot detect external hard drive when it is corrupted or damaged, so the external hard drive will not show up on your computer. To avoid these problems, you should always use your external hard disk properly and keep it from any possible virus.

USB Hard Drive Has Unrecognized RAW File System

Sometimes, when you plug USB hard drive to your computer, it can show as a removable disk or under Disk Management. However, you are unable to access the USB hard drive because it has an unrecognized file system RAW. If your USB shows RAW file system and becomes not readable, you don’t need to worry about data loss. At least, it can still be detected by system, so you still can recover files. In this situation, the most important thing for you is to prevent overwriting or physically damage the USB hard drive.

How Does Data Recovery Software Work for Corrupted External HDD Recovery?

When portable hard drive is not working due to RAW file system or other reason, try iCare Data Recovery to restore data. This data recovery software works as a read-only tool to deep scan the device so as to search for all lost files. In order to recover lost files from damaged external hard drive , the following points are very important:

1. The drive is not physically damaged
If the external HDD is physically damaged and becomes undetectable, you cannot get back lost files. Therefore, it is necessary to protect the external HDD from being physically damaged due to any possible reason like water damage, fire damage, etc.

2. Avoid overwriting the data stored on the removable hard disk
You should avoid writing any new data to the removable hard disk before data recovery. If the lost data is overwritten by new added data, you may be not able to perform data recovery.

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