How to fix the external hard drive now not recognized

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One of the most common reasons for an external hard drive not being recognized is due to a bad connection between the external drive and other devices. This can be easily fixed by ensuring that all connections are secure. Another reason is software conflicts, which can be resolved by uninstalling and reinstalling any software that comes with your external hard drive. If you’re using Windows, there’s a good chance that your computer doesn’t have drivers for your external hard drive yet or they’re corrupted on some level—which means it might be time to contact tech support! The blog post is presented by

Make sure your external hard drive is connected to a USB port

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Before troubleshooting your external hard drive, ensure it’s connected to a USB port.

USB ports are on the front and back of your computer and can be found on any device that has a USB cable. They look like small squares with tiny holes in them, but some models may be black or white instead of blue. The label on each port will say “USB” so you know which one is for external hard drives (and other devices). Take a look at the viper architecture.

Make sure the connections between the external hard drive

Make sure the connections between the external hard drive and other devices are secure. If you’re using a different kind of connection, make sure it’s secure as well.

Check that your device is recognized in your computer’s BIOS (Basic Input Output System). You can access this by pressing F2 or DEL immediately after turning on your computer, depending on its make and model. If nothing shows up when checking for new hardware, try removing any other external drives from their ports before continuing with steps 2-4 below–it may be an issue with one of those instead!

Check that the device is recognized in your computer’s BIOS

If your external hard drive isn’t recognized by your computer, it’s possible that the device simply isn’t showing up in BIOS. To check this, reboot your computer and immediately press a key (usually F1, F2, or Delete) to enter the BIOS menu during startup. The name of any connected USB devices should appear here–if yours doesn’t show up at all or if it says “No Devices Found,” then there may be an issue with either your USB cable or power supply for that particular drive.

Uninstall and reinstall software

If you’re having problems with your external hard drive, the first thing to do is uninstall any software that was installed with it. Then reinstall it.

If you don’t know how to uninstall software and don’t have a friend or computer technician who can help, try searching online for “how do I uninstall ____.” There are lots of tutorials out there on how to uninstall programs like iTunes and Adobe Reader X (for example).

Try plugging the external hard drive

You can try plugging the external hard drive into a different computer and see if it’ll recognize it. If you have a laptop, try connecting the USB cable to another port on your laptop or use an adapter to plug the drive into your PC’s USB port (if one exists).

If none of these options work, check that your USB cable isn’t broken by plugging any other device into it–if they work fine with this cable but not with an external hard drive, then you know something’s wrong with either one or both devices.


Hopefully, one of the above steps has helped you get your external hard drive back up and running. If not, try another computer or contact the manufacturer for further assistance.