Windows 10: External Drives Not Working

Discus and support External Drives Not Working in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Before anyone responds with the typical canned response delete/reinstall/check for updates, be advised this doesn't work. I have several external... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Man vs. Machine, Jan 14, 2022.

  1. External Drives Not Working


    Before anyone responds with the typical canned response delete/reinstall/check for updates, be advised this doesn't work. I have several external drives that do not work on my computer. The problem seems to coincide with the 20H2 update. My most recently used devices had their configuration data in the registry preserved, but less-used devices, including backups, had the data wiped from their registry entries in Data Migration, Enum, Hardware Profiles, etc. I tried rebuilding them, but Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-PnP/Device Configuration prevents this. Setup API Log indicates disk cleanup is de

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    Man vs. Machine, Jan 14, 2022
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  2. External drive

    Hi Richard,

    There are several factors that can cause your external drive to not read DVDs even though the system is recognizing the device. This could be caused by a driver that needs to updated or corrupted files. For us to resolve your concern, kindly answer the questions
    below:

    • Just to confirm, the device that is not working properly is a external DVD optical drive?
    • Were there any recent changes or updates installed on your computer?
    • Have you tried to plug the external drive to a different port on your computer?

    As a initial recommendation, we suggest that your run the built in troubleshooter in Windows 10. Kindly refer to the steps below:

    • Type “Troubleshooting” in the Search bar and press Enter.
    • Click on “View All” in the top left corner.
    • This will display the list of troubleshooters which are built-in in the computer. You can click on
      Hardware and Devices from the list and you can run the troubleshooter.

    This will check for common errors that affect hardware on your computer and attempts to correct them.

    We look forward to your response after completing the steps.
     
    Jordan Dom, Jan 14, 2022
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  3. Remon Ont Win User
    External Hard Drive

    Hi John,

    We suggest that you try the troubleshooting steps below:

    • Open your External Hard Drive file in File Explorer.
    • Type the name of the file you want to search on the search box and click Enter.
    The file will show up in Search Results and you will be able to move it to the correct folder.

    Let us know if you need further help.
     
    Remon Ont, Jan 14, 2022
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  4. twynog Win User

    External Drives Not Working

    External hard drive not recognised

    Thanks for this. I've done what you suggested and been through all the steps mentioned in the article. The hard drive works fine on a Mac computer, and I've managed to copy the information on it. It must be a Surface issue so I'll try to get a chat line tomorrow.
     
    twynog, Jan 14, 2022
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