Can't get explorer to recognize external hard drive

By chu816
Dec 4, 2010
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  1. Ugh, ive been looking all over the internet for a solution to this. Anyway, im borrowing my friend's external hard drive to transfer some stuff from my laptop to my desktop when my laptop for whatever reason crashed. Now when i started my laptop back up, explorer doesn't recognize the external hard drive. However, disk management seems to be able to recognize the external hard drive as a separate disk. Does anybody know how i can get my explorer to recognize the external hard drive?
     
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Since it's recognized by Disk Management, I'll guess one of two things

    1. See if this might help [post=875300]How to Cleanup and Remove old USB Storage Drivers[/post]

    2. Otherwise, it could be filesystem corruption on the disk. Have you tried connecting it to a different computer to see if it works? If it still fails on other computers as well could be windows sees the disk when connected but doesn't recognize a valid filesystem any longer so doesn't mount the logical volume. Try TestDisk for partition/data recovery
     

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