Windows 10: Windows detects USB 3.0 external HDD as uninitialized

Discus and support Windows detects USB 3.0 external HDD as uninitialized in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; After Anniversary or Creator's update (not too sure which as laptop did not connect to external HDDs for some time), my laptop fails to access all 3 of... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Magius, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. Magius Win User

    Windows detects USB 3.0 external HDD as uninitialized


    After Anniversary or Creator's update (not too sure which as laptop did not connect to external HDDs for some time), my laptop fails to access all 3 of my external HDDs (500GB WD My Passport, 1TB WD Elements, 2TB My Passport Ultra). All of them can be connected and safely removed but the disk shows up as uninitialized. I have done the following steps to narrow down the possibility of what may be the issue.

    Edit: Just realized forgot to include system specs.
    Computer type: Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number: Lenovo Y510P
    OS: Windows 10 Home Single Language 64-bit
    CPU: Intel Core i7 4700MQ @ 2.40GHz
    Motherboard: LENOVO VIQY0Y1 (U3E1)
    Memory: 8GB DDR3 RAM
    Graphics Card(s): NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M

    1. I have tested all 3 external HDDs on a different desktop running Windows 10 build 1511 and all of them were working with no problems with SMART test passed. This rules out cable and external HDD failing possibility.

    2. I have disabled the power management that turns off device to save power in the USB Root Hub and USB Root Hub (USB 3.0) in device manager.

    3. I tested the USB 3.0 ports on my laptop with a 16GB Kingston DataTraveler 100G3 where I can access, move files in and out of the pendrive. USBDeview's test shows that read/write rates for it were approximate 15MBps/110MBps which leads me to think the USB 3.0 is working and has USB 3.0 speeds. This rules out that my port is not working.

    4. I have tried reinstalling Intel(R) USB3.0 eXtensible Host Controller - 1.0 (Microsoft) but problem still persists after driver removal->reboot-> driver reinstallation. I also reinstalled WD SES 64-bit drivers but nothing change either.

    5. I have attempted to reinstall USB 3.0 drivers from the original Lenovo Y510P but they only offer compatibility with Windows 7/8/8.1 and refuses to install on Windows 10.

    6. I have ran Windows Update and no new drivers were found for me to update or install.

    7. I performed flee power after someone mentioned online that may cause the laptop to act up but noticed nothing changed.

    8. I changed boot from UEFI only to UEFI priority and legacy on second along with changing optimized BIOS settings for legacy. This didn't change anything that I noticed.

    Some further clarification - the USB 3.0 ports I mentioned were working with the external HDDs mentioned until a certain update broke them. Additionally, I have attached some screenshots of the unitialized disk problem, driver version that is installed along with all the drivers in the USB controllers in device manager.
    Windows detects USB 3.0 external HDD as uninitialized [​IMG]

    Windows detects USB 3.0 external HDD as uninitialized [​IMG]

    Windows detects USB 3.0 external HDD as uninitialized [​IMG]


    Another possibly unrelated note but in case it helps, I dual boot Windows with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

    I have been struggling with this problem for well over two weeks and I hope someone can offer some other possible solutions that I may have missed.

    :)
     
    Magius, Jun 16, 2017
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  2. SimonTFO Win User

    File history won't detect external HHD

    Hi,

    I have an issue regarding Backup using File History.

    I have an external HDD connected to my desktop with USB 3.0 that is not detected when I select "Add a drive".

    The drive is visible though in file explorer and in device manager. I'm using the external HDD continuously without issues.

    But when I'm trying to use it in File History it isn't detected.

    I've tried the normal things like udate to latest software and frimware om both my computer and on my external HDD.

    I've tried to restart both the computer and the external HHD.

    I've tried to swtich to another USB-port, from I/O to USB-jacket.

    I've tried to uninstall and reinstall the external HDD.

    I've also looked in advanced settings but same issue.

    What more is there to try?

    Regards,

    Simon
     
    SimonTFO, Jun 16, 2017
    #2
  3. Gogosb Win User
    Copying files VERY slow, speed drops to zero, even on USB 3 -- no solutions have worked

    I have the same problem.

    PC: Lenovo Thinkpad E560

    Source: internal SATA HDD

    Target: external USB 3.0 HDD

    USB Port: 3.0

    OS: Windows 10

    Driver: Intel USB 3.0 extensible host controller - 1.0 (Microsoft)

    The external HDD works well on another PC.

    I looked for another driver on Intel and Lenovo site, but I find only for Windows 7 and 8.

    I upgraded to a latest BIOS.

    The BIOS hardware test tells, that everything is ok and the speed is 50Mb/s.

    So appreciate for any suggestions .

    Thank you,

    Barnabas
     
    Gogosb, Jun 16, 2017
    #3
  4. Magius Win User

    Windows detects USB 3.0 external HDD as uninitialized

    BUMP. It's been almost a month, anyone has any ideas how I can attempt to fix this problem?
     
    Magius, Aug 12, 2017
    #4
  5. copyer Win User
    Hi, if the drives are ok before update and also ok with other computers would mean there is someting wrong with your computer (driver conflict maybe)
    I think your better of with a fresh install of windows, just download the latest win10 iso and install, if someone have a better idea do say so..

    I myself did the creators update without any probls, but can remember the anniversary update was troublesome so i did a clean install with update already in the iso and it instals without a glitsh..
     
    copyer, Aug 12, 2017
    #5
  6. Can You answer 2 things - First what is the version & build number of your W10 system ? Two, was this system originally a 8.0/1 ?
     
    storageman, Aug 12, 2017
    #6
  7. Eagle51 Win User
    Hey Magius,
    Probably a long shot, but it might be a Drive Letter conflict. If you haven't already, try assigning it a Drive Letter.
     
    Eagle51, Aug 12, 2017
    #7
  8. Magius Win User

    Windows detects USB 3.0 external HDD as uninitialized

    Hey everyone, sorry for the really late reply as I didn't realized this post had been replied to until I cleared all my emails

    Would prefer not to reformat if possible since there are quite a number of programs installed and it would take too long to reinstall everything and get everything up and running again.

    Currently it's at version 1703. Problem began somewhere at version 1607 or higher, was definitely working at version 1511. The system was originally Windows 8.1.

    Can't initialize disk to change drive letter. Opening disk management results in an IO error upon attempting to initialize the hard drive to MBR and hard disk partition too small for GPT partition. Funny thing is, the hard drive opens with no issue on my friend's pc running the same Windows 10 version with me but not the same laptop model.

    Again, I apologise for the long overdue replies
     
    Magius, Apr 5, 2018
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