Windows 10: USB external drive detection

Discus and support USB external drive detection in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; My Lenovo Yoga does not detect an external cd/dvd drive plugged into the usb port. How do I make it search for the device?... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by John Oshoway, Aug 13, 2019 at 6:52 PM.

  1. USB external drive detection


    My Lenovo Yoga does not detect an external cd/dvd drive plugged into the usb port. How do I make it search for the device?

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    John Oshoway, Aug 13, 2019 at 6:52 PM
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  2. usb external harddrive is not detected

    Hi,



    Thank you for replying.



    • Have you allocated drive letter for the external drive?
    • Do you get any prompt when you connect the external drive to your PC?
    • Is the external device getting detected under disk manager?


    You will be able to view the contents of drives if you have allocated a drive name/letter. If you do not allocate a name/letter and if you try to view it on the PC, it will not be visible.



    Connect the external device to the PC and follow the steps below to check if the external drive is getting detected:



    • Open Run command by pressing Windows Key + R, type
      diskmgmt.msc and press Enter.
    • Check if the external device is detected in this window.
    • If the device is detected as unallocated, right click on the external drive and select
      New Simple Volume option. Follow the onscreen instructions where-in, in one of the page you will be asked to select a drive letter.
    • Assign a drive letter and check if you are able to access the contents of the drive.


    Write back to us with the answers to the above questions and status of the issue for further assistance. Your reply is most important for us to ensure we assist you accordingly.



    Thank you.
     
  3. ldybozz Win User
    usb external harddrive is not detected

    Have the same issue. But when I right click the options are grey only PROPERTIES and HELP are available. No drive letter is listed. It shows a white arrow going down inside a red circle next to DISK 1

    UNKNOWN

    931.51 GB

    NOT INITIALIZED with a box next to that w/a black stripped header
     
  4. Ferdz Amp Win User

    USB external drive detection

    Toshiba External USB drives not showing in Explorer or Disk Management Plug-in

    Thank you for the update.

    Looks like your system is unable to detect your external hard drive. Let's see if scanning for new hardware will fix the issue. Follow these steps:

    • Press the Windows key to launch the Start menu.
    • Type in Device Manager and press Enter.
    • Under Device Manager, select Action tab > Scan for hardware changes.
    • Wait for your system to install the generic driver for your device and follow the on-screen instructions.

    If the issue still persists, we suggest that you perform the following recommendations below:

    • Plug in your external USB drives to other USB device port of your system.
    • Use other USB cables for your external device to connect to your system.

    Keep us updated and we will be glad to assist you further.
     
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