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Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

So, after reinstalling Windows 10 for the second time this month thanks to a little bug that decided all core apps would cease to work regardless of powershell commands, it appears my secondary 1tb hard drive which I use for 3rd party programs and my personal files will no longer show up in the Storage settings under “System” in Windows 10’s settings page (what a mouthful). I typically come in here to configure all possible settings to my secondary drive rather than drive C: being that its an SSD with limited storage.
New apps?
Drive D:
New Documents?
Drive D:
New Music?
Drive D:
New Pictures?
Drive D:
New Videos?
Drive D:

But drive D: isn’t showing up under the dropdown list. Just Drive C:. And if I open File Explorer and navigate to This PC, its shown there, and I can access it without any issues. In fact, I was even able to install Steam on it after taking sole ownership of the entire drive. And it runs fine without any issues.
It just seems like the Settings app can’t access it for some reason.
So, what gives? How can I fix it? Would it be a permissions issue seeing as though I’m the sole owner? You usually see SYSTEM and TrustedInstaller on that list, but that’s not the case here.

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I understand your concern and will assist you to resolve this issue.

I suggest you to follow the methods below and check if it helps.

Method 1 : I suggest you to run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter and check if it helps.

1. Press Windows Key, then click on Search bar.

2. Type “ Troubleshooting ” without the quotes and click on Troubleshooting.

3. Then click on View All on the left panel of the screen.

4. Click on Hardware and Devices.

5. Click on Next and follow the instructions.

If the issues still persist, refer to the below methods.

Method 2 : I would suggest you to try to check for the status of the drive in the device manager.
1. Press Windows Key + R Key.
2. Then type “ devmgmt.msc ”without the quotes and hit on Enter Key.
3. Expand Disk Drive . If you are able to find the driver for the external drive.
6. Then again right click on the driver and click on Properties.

7. Check the device status of the disk.

Keep us posted on this issue so that we can assist you better.

I connected a Toshiba 1TB external hard drive in my pc.But it’s not showing in this pc.Windows showed a usb not recognized baloon on the first connection but later it was also not showing up.The device is shown only in the name external usb 3.0 in the devices and printers page in control panel but nowhetrenowhere else.(not even in disk management.)

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Check if the drive is assigned a drive letter.
Press Windows key + X
Click Disk Management
If you see your drive listed there, but no drive letter, right click it
Click Change Drive Letter and Paths
Click Add
Click Assign the following drive letter
Click in the Drive letter list box

Choose a drive letter – try choosing letters near the end of the alphabet
Click OK
Click OK again

If that does not work.
Press Windows key + X
Click Device Manager
Expand Disk drives
Right click the external drive
Click uninstall

Exit Device Manager, restart then check if its detected.

Open Devices and Printers, locate Unspecified device then manually reinstall the drive. First uninstall the USB Mass torage device driver.

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Check if the drive is assigned a drive letter.
Press Windows key + X
Click Disk Management
If you see your drive listed there, but no drive letter, right click it
Click Change Drive Letter and Paths
Click Add
Click Assign the following drive letter
Click in the Drive letter list box

Choose a drive letter – try choosing letters near the end of the alphabet
Click OK
Click OK again

If that does not work.
Press Windows key + X
Click Device Manager
Expand Disk drives
Right click the external drive
Click uninstall

Exit Device Manager, restart then check if its detected.

Open Devices and Printers, locate Unspecified device then manually reinstall the drive. First uninstall the USB Mass torage device driver.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

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Introduction

A number of Windows 10 users have reported that when they boot their computer it is stuck on “Scanning and Repairing Drive”. Most users also report that even when they restart, they are returned to the same screen.

You are probably reading this because your computer is showing this screen now. Do not panic. I have the solution for you. But first, let me share 3 reasons why this may happen.

What Does Scanning and Repairing Drive c Mean in Windows 10

There could be a number of reasons why your Windows 10 may be stuck at “Scanning and Repairing Drive D or C”.

One, if you forcefully shutdown your computer. That is, you did not use the normal shutdown but rather pressed the power button on your computer. This may lead to data corruption. If your Operating System files get corrupt due to forceful shutdown, it may lead to this message.

Two, if your hard disk has some corrupt sectors. That is, some portion of your hard disk may be bad. This may just happen due to a number of reasons. It may not be related to your forcefully powering off your computer.

Third, if you run CHKDSK /F command while logged on to Windows. When you run this command on drive C from within Windows, you will receive the error message “Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process”. You are then given the option to run Chkdsk on next reboot. When you restart your computer it will show “Scanning and Repairing Drive”.

How to Stop Scanning and Repairing Drive in Windows 10

Now that you know what could cause your Windows 10 computer to be stuck to “Scanning and Repairing Drive”, let me show you the solutions.

There are 2 steps to fix “Scanning and Repairing Drive” Issue on Windows 10″:

  1. Boot to Safe Mode
  2. Use one of the listed methods to fix problems with your hard disk.

Step 1: Boot Windows 10 to Safe Mode

The fastest way to force Windows 10 to boot to safe mode is to interrupt its boot 3 consecutive times. Follow the steps below to force safe mode boot:

  • At the “Scanning and Repairing Drive” screen, press the power button on your computer for about 10 seconds. It will shutdown.
  • Press the power button again to boot the computer. When you see a sign that Windows is about to boot, press the power button again to power it off.
  • Repeat the last step for the 3rd time. When you boot again, you will see the screen below.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

  • Then wait until you see the screen below.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

  • Click Advanced options. Then click Troubleshoot.
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Step 2: Use one of the Listed Methods to Fix Issues With Your Drive

Once you have booted your computer to safe mode, you have to fix any problem with the hard drive that is making Windows to keep scanning and repairing drive.

Try these methods one at a time. When you try method 1, reboot your computer. Then check whether “Scanning and Repairing Drive” Issue is resolved. If not boot the computer to safe mode again. Then try method 2.

Method 1: Check Drive for File System Errors

  • On the left of task bar, right-click Windows logo. Then click Disk Management.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

  • When Disk Management opens, right-click the drive that showed up in “Scanning and Repairing Drive” message. Then select Properties.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

  • When the Disk Properties opens, click the Tools tab. Then beneath Error checking, click Check. Wait for the task to complete. Then boot your computer and check whether Windows boots normally.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

If the above method does not resolve “Scanning and Repairing Drive” message, try method 2 below.

Method 2: Run CHKDSK

The next option to fix “Scanning and Repairing Drive” issue is to run a command called CHKDSK. Recently I wrote a guide, 20 Command Prompt Commands for Sys Admins with details of how to use CHKDSK.

To fix “Scanning and Repairing Drive” issue with CHKDSK, follow the steps below:

  • Still logged on to safe mode, search cmd, then right-click Command prompt and select Run as Administrator.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

  • When command prompt loads, enter the command below. Then press Enter key on your keyboard.
  • If you receive the message “Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process”, enter Y and press the Enter key. Then reboot your computer.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

When your computer reboots, you will still see “Scanning and Repairing Drive”. Do not panic. This time, it is the CHKDSK command that initiated the scan. It should scan successfully and boot your computer normally.

Conclusion

If your computer is stuck on “scanning and repairing drive” it can be scary. Hopefully, you have been able to get your computer to boot using one of the methods suggested in this guide.

I hope you found this Itechguide helpful.

If you have questions or comments use the “Leave a Reply” form at the end of this guide. Alternatively, you could share your experience fixing “scanning and repairing drive” on your computer.

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Is it a 2nd separate hard drive or a partition on the original drive? If the
latter could you have removed the partition during installation?

Windows Key + X – Disk Management – check the settings there.

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In Disk Management can you right click on that drive? What does it show
in the lower panel.

Be sure you are logged I to an Admin Account.

Check the Answer in this thread (Windows 10 is same) by Syed N.

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I had the same problema and the soluiton that I’ve founded is very easy.

Go to Disk Management and select the hard drive.

After doing this step, right click on the HDD that is not showing and select “Change letter and network path”.

Will show another window, and than select “Change”.

Choose the letter that you want to select to name the HDD and it’s done!

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That did not work for me.

When I click on the hdd icon or in the write up below, it just shows HELP.

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When I click on the hdd icon or in the write up below, it just shows HELP.

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Tried this but no drive letters shown. After a quick Google query what worked for me was.

1)Open Disk Management

2)Right click inactive drive

3)Select Simple Volume

My drive was designated Unallocated so the PC does not recognize it as usable. By creating a Simple Volume it becomes available. It only works on a single drive. I do not know if it can then be partitioned but that’s beyond my concern.

External hard drives are one of the most essential storage mediums used by almost everyone in the world and while it’s really easy to hook one up with your computer, there could be times when you might face a problem of external hard drive not showing up and computer could fail to detect one for an unknown reason. The problem could be due to a variety of reasons which include bad ports as well as issues with the Hard drive itself.

This issue being very common, there are a lot of fixes that you can try. In this article, we’ll see many potential fixes for this issue so that the chances of you fixing the problem will be greater

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External Hard Drive Not Showing Up: Fixes

1. Make Sure The Hard drive Is Plugged In

Yeah we know that sounds kinda off but, just by you plugging the External Hard drive you cannot assume that it would start working. Electronic components need the power to run.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

Some Drives in the market come with an AC power adapter and there is a possibility that you haven’t plugged it in. Drives also come with two USB plugs so, make sure they’re connected so that the hard drive can get the juice it needs.

2. Try Another USB Port

It is possible that the USB port that you’re using isn’t working. In that case, try plugging it into another USB port. If the drive is connected to a USB 3.0 port, try connecting it to a USB 2.0 port. If it’s connected to a USB bus, try connecting it directly to the computer and that might work in some cases.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

You can also try plugging it to your friends’ PC or a spare laptop if you have one lying around. That way you will know if the problem is with the computer’s USB ports or the Hard drive itself.

It is also possible that the drive’s file system isn’t readable by your current operating system. In that case, you might need to format the device but, before doing that, make sure you copy all your files on a supported computer and then go ahead and perform a full format.

3. Update Your Drivers

Windows users face a lot of driver issues after major Windows patch updates and if your drive was working fine before an update, there might be an issue with the drivers — To update your drivers, all you need to do is search for “Device Manager” in the search box in the Start Menu -> Expand the Disk Drives Menu -> Expand the Universal Serial Bus sub-menu and see if your drive appears on the list.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

See your drive name with a yellow exclamation mark? Right-click on the device and choose Properties. If a weird error is being shown, Googling the error might be helpful. You can also head to the driver’s tab, uninstall the driver, and reboot your PC.

4. Using The Disk Management To Format The Drive

If your drive is on, appears in the Drive manager, but doesn’t appear in the File Explorer there’s a problem with the partition table of your drive. In that case, you will need to Create and Format Disk Partitions. To do this, type the same in the search box in the start menu. If your device appears in the list of drives, and if it has only one partition, right-click on the space and click on the format option.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

If there are multiple partitions, delete each partition and in the end, expand by right-clicking on a partition and selecting the expand option. The drive partition will appear as “Unallocated“; all you need to do is right-click on the single big partition and select New Simple Volume.

5. Clean The Disk Using Diskpart Utility

Diskpart is an amazing built-in Windows tool that lets you change the nature of your Hard drive. If you’ve come this far and the issue has still not been solved, in this step, your data will be lost. To open Diskpart and clean your drive, type “Diskpart” in the search box in the start menu and start entering the following commands.Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

  • To list the disks in the computer type
  • Select the disk that you want to clean
  • Clean the disk

After the cleaning’s done, you might need to go to the Disk Management tool in the 4th method, to allocate the partitions.

So, these were some of the methods to fix external hard drive not showing up issue. Let us know if this article helped you in any way, in the comments section below. Also, if you have any queries, do comment below or reach out to us on social media.

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Hello
I’m facing a problem with my hard drive ( HDD ) ” 120GB ”
My Original Xbox 360 not detecting my Hard Drive, and i don’t know why 🙁 i tried to Format the Hard Drive many time.
My Xbox 360 detected My Hard Drive only when i use a transfer cable.
I tried my friend’s Hard drive and it worked perfectly without transfer cable.
Does anyone know how to fix it . Please ( because i want to upload many things in my File-Share )

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Try to clean the contact points on your hard drive, it may be dusty?

If this doesnt helps you i think your HDD is broken and you need to buy a new one.

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but i tried my friend hard drive and it worked without transfer cable

and my hard drive work perfectly but with transfer cable

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To transfer data from one Xbox 360 hard drive to another, you’ll need the following:

  • Xbox 360 console
  • Current hard drive (must be smaller than the new drive)
  • New hard drive (Leet recommends 120GB or 250GB)
  • USB pen drive (Leet recommends two 16GB devices) or Microsoft Xbox 360 data transfer kit

Follow these steps to transfer your data:

Using an Xbox 360 data transfer cable

This is ideal for transferring data from an old hard drive to a new drive on an Xbox 360 Elite console.

1. Connect your old hard drive to your new Elite console.
2. Turn the Xbox on and connect the big end of the transfer cable to the bigger hard drive.
3. Plug in the USB end of the cable to a USB port on the Elite 360.
4. Insert the bundled disc into your Elite and follow the steps.
5. When the transfer is done (it may take up to an hour or so), disconnect the smaller hard drive, turn off your machine and plug in the new hard drive. Violà.

Transferring without an Xbox 360 transfer kit

We recommend this method for installing a new hard drive onto an old-style Xbox 360.

1. Switch on your Xbox 360 console and insert a USB pen drive.
2. Press the Xbox guide button on your controller and head to the far-right menu. Select ‘Memory’.
3. Select the pen drive and follow the steps to format it if you need to (make sure you transfer any important files to a computer before wiping it).
4. Press Y to transfer data, then select the data you want to transfer (make sure you choose your gamertag profile, system settings and any game saves you want to keep).
5. Once the data has been moved to the USB pen, remove the drive and turn off the Xbox 360, before unplugging it from the mains and removing any cables attached to the console.
6. Remove your old hard drive. Place your 360 vertically and push in the button to the left of the hard drive, then remove.
7. Insert your new hard drive. Ensure it clips in correctly.
8. Plug in your 360 again and switch it on.
9. Insert the USB pen drive with your data on it.
10. Go to ‘Memory’ and select the pen drive. Transfer all the data across to your new hard drive.
11. If you need to transfer more data from your old hard drive, turn off the machine again and plug in your old hard drive. Turn it on, transfer more data to the USB pen drive, and repeat steps 5 to 10.
12. You may need to transfer ownership rights of any downloaded content to your new hard drive. A prompt will flash up on screen if this is the case – follow the steps online to transfer rights to your new hard drive. Note: You can only do this once every 12 months.

I was a mac book user and have since switched to Windows. When I plug the hard drive which has my macbook backup on it, you can hear the sound to signal it is connected however my Windows laptop doesn’t recognise it. Any suggestions on how I can recover the files from the hard drive?

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Macs and PCs use different file systems. The Mac file system is not usable by Windows. Macs use the HFS+ file system, which Windows won’t recognize without installing third-party software. Windows uses the NTFS file system.

Similarly, Macs can use different file formats that are not recognized by Windows, although some formats are universal, like .jpg.

Converting the files on your drive is possible, but it certainly won’t be easy. In addition, a backup program designed for the Mac is generally not able to restore to a Windows PC. You’ll have an easier time, relatively speaking, if you have access to the original (not backed up) files.

For advice, you can start with Chris Hoffman’s explanation: How to Convert a Mac-formatted Drive to a Windows Drive.

In addition, search the web for information on how to convert a Mac drive to a Windows drive.

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Windows cannot natively access a Mac formatted drive . . .

Click the link below to download the 5 day free trial of a great utility MacDrive

Install that, then restart your PC, Start the utility and connect the drive, you will then have access to that Mac drive like any other PC hard drive

Copy everything form that drive, then you can format that to NTFS for use on a PC

You can uninstall that trial version once you have backed up the data on that drive

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Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

Have you encountered network drive not showing issue? If the network drive doesn’t show in File Explorer or doesn’t show all folders/files, you can read this post, in which MiniTool offers you corresponding solutions.

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  • Mapped Network Drive Not Showing
  • Fix 1. Repair Network Drive Not Showing in File Explorer
  • Fix 2. Network Drive Not Showing All Folders/Files
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Mapped Network Drive Not Showing

Mapping a network drive is a way to achieve disk sharing. With this method, you can save your own data on another computer or virtualize files in another computer to your own machine via the local area network.

After mapping the remote shared resources to the local PC, a drive letter will be increased under This PC. Then, you can operate this disk easily, just like a local disk on your computer.

Unfortunately, mapped drives don’t always work the way you want them to and some people may run into the mapped network drive not showing issue. This issue mainly has the following symptoms:

  • You can’t see the network drive under File Explorer.
  • You can see the network drive under File Explorer but it doesn’t show all folders/files.

As for how to solve this problem, we should discuss them separately. Please read on the get corresponding solutions.

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In this article, a detailed tutorial is provided to help Windows users to map a network drive in Windows 10.

Fix 1. Repair Network Drive Not Showing in File Explorer

Microsoft uses User Account Control (UAC) in its Windows Vista and later operating systems. This mechanism can notify users whether to use hard drive and system file authorization for applications to help prevent malicious programs from damaging the system.

However, due to the UAC, Shell that runs with standard user permissions can’t see mapped drives that were configured by your application running with admin rights. This may be the reason of the mapped networking not showing issue. In this case, you can use the following workaround:

Step 1: Click Start and type “regedit” in the Start programs and files box. Then press Enter to open Registry Editor.

Step 2: Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > System and then right click the subkey to create a new DWORD Value.

Step 3: Name the new value EnableLinkedConnections and then right click it to modify the Value data to 1. This will enable the “administrator in Admin Approval Mode” user type and all other User Account Control (UAC) policies.

Step 4: Click OK to save the new value and then exit Registry Editor. Then, restart the computer.

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The above steps can help you solve the problem enough, but there are extra two steps you can do to help Windows recognize the network drive better. The two steps are as follows:

Step 1: Configure network proxy settings.

  • Press “Windows + I” to open Settings window and then choose Network & Internet.
  • In Status, click Change adapter options.
  • Right-click on the Ethernet and choose Properties.
  • Under Networking, choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click Properties. In the pop-up window, make sure you’re currently in “Obtain an IP address automatically” and “Obtain DNS server address automatically“.
  • Return to Status tab, under the Change adapter options section, click Sharing options.
  • In the new window, expand Private to make sure the Network discovery section is turned on. Then, click Save changes.

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Step 2: Turn on SMB features.

  • Type “programs and features” in the search box and open it after you find it.
  • On the left pane, select Turn Windows features on or off. Then you’ll open a mini window where all Windows features are demonstrated there.
  • Scroll down to find the features that started with SMB. You need to make sure that all SMB folders were checked here. Click “OK“.
  • Reboot the computer so that the changes can take effect.

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Fix 2. Network Drive Not Showing All Folders/Files

If your network drive doesn’t show all folders/files, the reason may be that the folders/files are hidden on the NAS drives, including mapped network drive and network drive. To show them normally, please refer to the following step: Open File Explorer, click on View tab, and then check the box in front of “Hidden items“.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

In today’s post, you will learn 9different types of inaccessible partition as well as corresponding solutions.

Is your hard disk partition not showing in Windows 7,8, 10 File Explorer or Disk Management? Don’t panic and refer to employ according to ways based on your specific situation.

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My hard disk partition not showing up

It is common to meet the problem that hard disk partition not showing in Windows 7/8/10. All partitions or one partition on your hard disk might not be showing up in Windows after you connect your external hard disk to your computer.

Different solutions under various situations

Since the problem that hard disk partition not visible in Windows File Explorer can occur due to various situations, you should take different measures accordingly.

в–¶ Assign a drive letter to the invisible partition

If the hard disk partition is without drive letter, you’ll be unable to view the partition in Windows File Explorer. Then, you can press “Windows”+ “R” combination to open Run box, input “diskmgmt.msc” and press “Enter” key to access Disk Management. In Disk Management, locate the partition lack of drive letter and choose “Change drive letter and path…” . Then, click “Add” to assign a drive letter to the partition. After that, the missing partition will appear in File Explorer.

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в–¶ Unhide hidden partition in Windows 7/8/10

If the hard disk partition is hidden manually, it will not appear in File Explorer. Here you can turn to third-party partition manager – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, which can help you to view the hidden partition. Free download, install, and run it; then, follow the steps below:

1. In the main user interface, right-click the hidden partition that you need to make it show up in File Explorer and go to “Advanced”>“Unhide Partition”

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

2. Keep the information on the pop-up window in mind and click “OK”.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

3. Preview the pending operation and click “Apply”>“Proceed” to execute it.

☞ Tip: If your hard disk partition missing is caused by accidental deletion, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to recover deleted partition in Windows 7,8,10.

в–¶ Reformat hard disk partition to a recognized file system

If the external disk is formatted with an unrecognized file system, the external hard disk partition might be disappearing in Windows File Explorer. Refer to the steps below to reformat the partition to file system supported by Windows like NTFS, FAT32, and exFAT. As formatting will erase all data on the partition, you can back the data on the partition at first.

1. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Find out the hard disk partition needs formatting, right-click it and choose “Format Partition”.

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2. Choose one among the listed file systems according to your demand and click “OK”.

3. Click “Apply” and “Proceed” to perform your operation.

PS.: When the partition is without a drive letter, you need to assign a drive letter to it after reformatting.

в–¶ Initialize the hard disk in Disk Management

When the external hard disk is new and unallocated, it won’t show up in File Explorer. At this time, you need to make the disappearing hard drive online and create partition as steps below:

1. Access Disk Management, the new external hard disk is marked as unknown, not initialized, unallocated. Right-click the hard disk and select “Initialize Disk”.

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Notes:вњЋ. Initializing hard disk will lead to data loss if there are data on the hard disk. There are chances that you are unable to initialize hard drive and receive errors like the device is not ready.

2. The first time you initialize the disk, you’ll be prompted to choose MBR or GPT partition style for your disk. Then, click “OK”.

3. You will return to the main interface of Disk Management. Here you can see the hard drive is marked as Basic Online, Unallocated. Then, right-click the unallocated space, choose “New Simple Volume”.

Why your new hard drive isn’t showing up in windows (and how to fix it)

Step 5. Follow the New Simple Volume Wizard to create a partition on the hard disk. After that, you can see the hard disk partition in File Explorer.

в–¶ Update device driver in Device Manager

When the hard disk is not showing even in Disk Management, the hard disk partition(s) are certainly not showing up in Windows 7/8/10 File Explorer. In such case, you can try to update device driver for the hard disk to fix this issue. Here are detailed steps:

1. Open Run box, input “devmgmt.msc” and hit “Enter” to open Device Manager.

2. Click disk drivers and locate the external hard disk that is now showing up in Disk Management. Then right-click it and choose “Update Driver”.

3. Choose “Search automatically for updated driver software”.

Then check whether the hard disk partition shows up in Disk Management and File Explorer.

в–¶ Fix hard disk issues via hardware and device troubleshooter

Or you can turn to troubleshoot to solve hard disk partition disappearing in Windows 7, 8, 10.В

1. Type “control” in Run box and press “Enter” key to open Control Panel

2. In the search box, type “troubleshooting” and hit “Enter“.

3. Click “View all” and click”Hardware and Devices”.

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Then, follow the instructions to fix the issue.

Wrap things up

As described above, hard disk partition not showing in Windows 7/8/10 can happen due to kinds of reasons. If you are in such a condition, you can enter Disk Management to view the status of the partition at first. If the hard disk partition even not showing up in Disk Management, you can enter Device Manager to update device driver or check the connection between the external hard disk and computer.