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  1. external hard drive is detected by windows - but cannot see it in explorer or access any...


    Hello,I have a serious issue with my external hard drive where i have stored my data, hsitorical photographs etc.I really need the data, so i hope someone can helpWhen i connect my hard disk, I hear that windows sound that hardware is attached. The disk is making for 1-2 minutes some clicking sounds. I see it in the device manager but not in the windows explorer.In Disk Management is see following picture: Disk 1 Unknown - Not initialized.what can i do get access to my data?I know i should have had a backup.Can I do "initialize disk" in disk management? what will happen?= will i lose the data

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    MI_Austria, Feb 25, 2024
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  2. Unable to access the external hard drive after upgrading to Windows 10

    Hi Alan,

    As you are facing issues with accessing the external hard drive after upgrading to Windows 10, do not worry we will help you with this issue.

    Do provide us additional information to assist you better with this issue:

    • What is the make and model of your devices?
    • What exactly happens when you try to access the drive?
    • What is the complete error message/ error code of this issue?
    • Were you able to detect the device under Device Manager/ File Explorer?

    Step 1: As a workaround, I suggest you to do the following to detect the issue:

    • Connect the hard drive to different port and check if the issue persists.
    • Connect different hard drive to the same port and check.
    • Connect different hard drives to different ports and check.

    Step 2: If the device is not detected on your computer try to run
    Hardware and Devices troubleshooter as it checks for common problems and makes sure that any new device or hardware connected to your PC is installed correctly.

    • Press Windows key from the keyboard, type
      Troubleshooting and select it.
    • Click on view all option on the upper left corner of
      Troubleshooting window.
    • Select the Hardware and Device
      options from the list.
    • Click Next to run the Hardware and Device
      Troubleshooter

    Step 3: I suggest you to check if there are any drivers with yellow exclamatory mark in the Device Manager.

    • Press Windows + X from the keyboard, click on
      Device Manager
      .
    • Right click on the detected driver, click on Properties
      and check the device status.

    Hope it helps. Try the above and update us the status of this issue with the required information, we will be happy to help you further.

    Thank you.
     
    Deepika Gowda, Feb 25, 2024
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  3. No access to external hard disks after last window 10 update

    hello Petra

    Method 1:

    Check whether the external hard disk is detected in Device Manager, right click on it and click on Uninstall the drivers. Plug in the external hard drive again so that Windows automatically installs the drivers. Check if the issue persists.

    If the issue persists, go to the External hard drive in Windows Explorer, right click on it and select Properties. Click on the Security tab and then click on Edit and click on Add and type Everyone and press enter. Select Everyone from the list and place a
    check mark in Full control. Press apply and ok and check if you are able to access the External hard drive.

    Method 2:

    If you are still unable to access your hard drive, I suggest you to refer to the steps mentioned in the following link and try to take the ownership and check:

    "Access Denied" or other errors when accessing or working with files and folders in Windows

    "Access Denied" or other errors when you access or work with files and folders in Windows - Microsoft Support
     
    Pedro Bruguera, Feb 25, 2024
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    external hard drive is detected by windows - but cannot see it in explorer or access any...

    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, Feb 25, 2024
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