Solved How do I view content of external hard drive?

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April 4, 2018 at 12:07:14
Specs: Win 7 Home Professional, 2.5/6G
I have a Toshiba external hard drive plugged in to a pc. At first, I couldn't see the drive under my computer. So, I went under folder options and clicked on show hidden files, folders, & drives. I could then see it under removable storage in my computer. But, when I try to open it, it says please insert a disk into removable disk (E:). Any suggestions? thanks,

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April 5, 2018 at 00:07:22
Sometimes Windows fails to assign a drive letter when you plug an external HDD in. When that occurs, the drive doesn't appear anywhere except in Disk Management. It's there where you can manually assign a drive letter to fix the problem.

So head over to Disk Management and see if that's what you need to do.



#1
April 4, 2018 at 13:21:29
Two questions.

Is there anything on this external drive?

Have you tried to find the drive using windows-7 drive manager?

This link - a tutorial about disk manager - may be of help:

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/exter...

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April 4, 2018 at 16:53:26
Try viewing the external drive using Windows Disk Management. That should show you what is on the drive, if anything. You will also see if the drive is partitioned and formatted. See the links below.

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-ope...

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/wi...


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#3
April 4, 2018 at 17:44:03
Looks like the USB controller is responding but the disk is dead. Does it require external power?
Did you try on another computer? Maybe (smart) TV?

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#4
April 4, 2018 at 20:24:18
Are you sure that Removable Disk E is not your DVD drive? It is a common designation for optical drives in Windows.
Look in Disk Management (as above) and see all drives attached to the computer. If the drive shows up there as D, F or another drive letter then see what it says about the drive. If it says something like Raw or Unallocated then the drive is probably good but the file allocation table that it had is messed up. If this is the case, let us know as I remember someone recently there was a program that might be able to restore the entire drive rather than just files that are lost.
If the drive appears to be good but lacks a drive letter, you can right click on it an assign a drive letter that is unused like D, F, or something 'higher' in the alphabet and that might resolve this for you.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
April 4, 2018 at 20:54:09
See the link below for help with disk repair. My responses in that thread.

https://www.computing.net/answers/w...


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April 5, 2018 at 00:07:22
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Sometimes Windows fails to assign a drive letter when you plug an external HDD in. When that occurs, the drive doesn't appear anywhere except in Disk Management. It's there where you can manually assign a drive letter to fix the problem.

So head over to Disk Management and see if that's what you need to do.


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