Seagate External Cannot be Detected/Recognized in PC

Last updated on 7/12/2018

Free download iCare Data Recovery - Recovering files from Seagate external HDD that is not recognized by Windows OS

External hard drive has great advantage in storing a large amount of data, so a lot of people would like to buy an external hard drive with USB port in order to save a number of data conveniently. Seagate external hard drive is often widely used by many people due to its good performance. However, some people may find that the Seagate external hard drive is not recognized by computer when they plug the external drive into the USB port of the PC. If it is a new Seagate external hard drive, you may take it back to manufacturers to ask them to solve the problem. However, if the Seagate external hard drive has been used for a long time, but it cannot be recognized suddenly with unknown reason, what should you do next?

Seagate external cannot be detected or recognized and won't show in PC

If your Seagate hard drive is not detected by computer, you need to know what kind of problem your external hard drive get. The problem is probably on the hard drive or the computer, you need to figure it out.

External hard drive not detected in Disk Management.

If you cannot find your external hard drive at Disk Management, your external hard drive is probably get damaged. You need to try it on another computer. If it is still not working, you’d better to change another external hard drive.

External hard drive is undetected in PC but showing at Disk Management

Quick solution to fix undetected external hard drive without software

You can find the “Device manager” under “Computer Management”, find your external hard drive and uninstall it, then you can plug your external hard drive, then restart your computer, check if it works.

How to fix external hard drive cannot be recognized?

If reinstalling the undetected external hard drive does not work, you need to try another solution, but before this, you need to recover data first, because most of the solutions to fix undetected drive can format your data on it.

Recover data from undetected/unrecognized external hard drive

If you don’t have any clue when Seagate external hard drive is not recognized by computer, here are some useful suggestions. First of all, you should make it clear if the Seagate external hard drive is physically damaged. If it is not physically damaged, you can rely on iCare Data Recovery to perform data recovery on the Seagate external hard drive. You don’t need to worry that the external hard drive is not recognized. As long as you connect the external hard drive to your computer and run iCare Data Recovery, the software is able to detect the Seagate external hard drive even if cannot be recognized by PC. Then the software is able to deep scan the external drive to search for all files stored on the Seagate external.

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How to Recover Data from Unrecognizable Seagate External Drive

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Step1. Free download and install iCare Data Recovery on computer. Run the software and choose proper recovery module.

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Step2. Choose the Seagate external hard drive and the software will scan it for lost files. You need to wait when the software is scanning.

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Step3. Preview the files after scanning and then choose the files lost from the Seagate external hard drive to recover and store them.

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If you still have hesitation, we can tell you responsibly that iCare Data Recovery Pro is completely reliable and secure. No rogue software or spyware is contained on the software, so you can install the iCare Data Recovery Pro to your computer without worrying that your computer will suffer any risk. Besides, iCare Data Recovery Pro is able to help recover data without modifying any information.

Pleases do not try any further operation to fix the Seagate external hard drive when it is not recognized by your computer! The first thing you should do is to use a data recovery tool to scan the Seagate external and recover all inaccessible data from it. iCare Data Recovery Pro is able to work on Seagate external HDD to recover any file even when the device is not recognized by PC.

>> Download the data recovery software now and install it on computer's hard disk partition. Then, you can run it to deep scan the Seagate external hard drive to search lost files.

Seagate External Hard Drive Is Not Recognized due to Virus Infection

In such an Internet era, your computer might be at a risk of being attacked by virus when you visit different sites. If your computer is infected with virus, Seagate external hard drive will also be infected with virus when you plug it to your computer. If your Seagate external hard drive is infected with virus, it may become unrecognizable by Windows. In this situation, once data has been recovered from the external drive, you need to run anti-virus software to kill virus as soon as possible.Then you can format the external hard drive to fix the undetected error.

Fix pen drive not detected in Windows 7/8/10 by formatting

After you have recovered the data, you can fix the undetected problems with the format tool of Windows system.

Format the pen drive, first try quick format tool

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If Windows fails to complete the format, you can try Disk Management to format it.

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The most effective tool to format the undetected external hard drive is CMD command prompt, you can also try this way first.

Run CMD by pressing “Win+R” and then type“format l: /fs:ntfs”(l is the drive letter of your raw external hard drive)

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