Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Windows 7 not recognizing external hard drive

13 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Windows 7 not recognizing external hard drive

I have windows 7 64 bit and I'm trying to copy data from my old desktop which won't boot up anymore to my laptop. It is a 3.5 inch sata hard drive which I connected to a usb external hard drive dock. But when I plug it in windows just doesn't recognize it and it doesn't appear in windows explorer. When I go into disk management it recognizes it but says it is not initialized and asks me if I want to initialize it. I'm reluctant to do this as I'm not sure if it will wipe the drive. Any ideas on how I can view my files?
It is a 300GB drive split into 3 NTFS partitions which has both windows xp and windows 7 installed on it. (I'm not sure if that makes any difference.)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I think it can be initialized without losing anything. Windows apparently can't read the drive's signature and if you initialize it it'll write a new signature to the boot record.

The first thing I think I would do if I needed data on the drive is use a bootable Linux CD/DVD to see if it can read/copy the files off of it:

Put Lucid Puppy on USB Flash Drive from Windows | USB Pen Drive Linux
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Windows 7 not recognizing external hard drive

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows suddenly stopped recognizing external drive
I have a five month old 4tb external Seagate drive that suddenly disappeared from Windows explorer & I couldn't access its data. After rebooting my PC, it showed up again, albeit with its custom icon missing (it has since reappeared after I unplugged & plugged the drive back in) & seems to be...
Hardware & Devices
Problem recognizing external hard drive after sleep awakening
I am running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit and have kept up with all Updates and latest drivers. I am having a problem with a Seagate 1 TB Backup Plus External Hard Drive connected to the USB port of my Asus Sabertooth motherboard. After waking up the system after sleep, the external drive...
Hardware & Devices
Windows Installer not recognizing hard drive
Hello, again :( I have an HP Envy Ultra book which I purchased a few weeks ago from best buy. Last night in a very sleepy state, I attempted to install Linux Mint. I have done this before on my desktop and never had any problems. When I boot up the laptop, I get a gnu grub screen. I tried...
Installation & Setup
Windows 7 not recognizing second hard drive Internal hard drive keeps disappearing Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64 bit For some reason my secondary...
General Discussion
Windows 7 Not Recognizing External Hard Drive
I just got a Seagate Barracuda 1.5 TB internal hard drive. Model Number: ST315005N1A1AS-RK. And I put it into a Rosewill external enclosure. I live at college so my father formatted it for me before sending it to me at college using Windows XP x86. My father moved some files onto it before...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:12.
Twitter Facebook Google+