Windows 10: Why is my external hard drive not showing in pc? (Can’t format it)

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  1. Why is my external hard drive not showing in pc? (Can’t format it)

    /u/kimpossiblen, Oct 20, 2020
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  2. Formatting External hard drive.

    1. Launch the Disk Manager with diskmgmt.msc
    2. Use right-clicks to delete all partitions on the external disk
    3. Create one or several new partitions
    4. Format them
     
    Frederik Long, Oct 20, 2020
    #2
  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, Oct 20, 2020
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  4. Why is my external hard drive not showing in pc? (Can’t format it)

    external hard drive

    Hi Chrpee,

    If you can't find external hard drive on Disk management than the next step is using the diskpart via command line, please follow the steps below:-

    On the keyboard hit ((Windows logo key + R key)) than type ((CMD))

    Now the windows command line will appear, the next steps is to type ((diskpart))

    After that type ((list disk)) to show you the list of hard disks with partitions

    If you found your external hard drive one of the list than you need to type ((select disk number)), note: the number is a disk number

    Once you selected the hard disk or partitions than type ((clean))

    than type ((create partition primary))

    than type ((select partition 1))

    than type ((active))

    than type ((format fs=ntfs quick))

    than type ((assign))

    last type ((exit))

    Check if the external hard drive appeared, if not please see the link below for more info and let me know if you need any assist

    https://uk.pcmag.com/dvd-burners/120624/what-to...
     
    Abdirahman Issa, Oct 20, 2020
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