Windows 10: Windows 10 unable to access external hard disk

Discus and support Windows 10 unable to access external hard disk in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; Hello I wonder if anyone can assist at all? I use external hard disks for storing music and other media multimedia content, as well as for moving data... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Mr Morgan, Aug 4, 2021.

  1. Mr Morgan Win User

    Windows 10 unable to access external hard disk


    Hello I wonder if anyone can assist at all? I use external hard disks for storing music and other media multimedia content, as well as for moving data between PCs. Earlier today though, all of a sudden, Windows was unable to access the drive the PC in question referred to as G:\. Numerous attempts to use G:\ on the PC failed, and I was also unable to have another machine access the drive. The icon for the drive would simply not appear in Windows File Manager. Consequently, I was unable to run CHKDSK in any PC mode because Windows could not access G:\. Checking the logs of the PC in question, I did find this message: Presuming the on-line scan referred to is Windows Defender, I tried an on-line scan but it seems that these only look at the C:\ of a PC. So, I either have to replace the disk in question, or can anyone suggest what might be a way forward? Thanks .

    :)
     
    Mr Morgan, Aug 4, 2021
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  2. 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

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2623670/en-us
     
    Pedro Bruguera, Aug 4, 2021
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  3. external hard disk recognition

    external hard disk is listed in device manager but I cannot access the disk etc
     
    IanMacArthur, Aug 4, 2021
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  4. Windows 10 unable to access external hard disk

    External Hard disk contents are not visible.

    Hi Pranoti,

    For us to narrow down your concern with your external hard disk, we would like to know the following:

    • Were there any changes made on your computer prior to the issue (e.g., updates, software installation)?
    • To make sure that we have not missed on anything, what troubleshooting steps have you done so far?
    • Do you hear any clicking sound when connecting your hard disk?

    In the meantime, we suggest that you update all your device driver.

    We look forward to your response.
     
    Michael Gall, Aug 4, 2021
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