External USB Harddisk

By Abhay
Jun 10, 2009
  1. Hi,
    I have this external USB hard disk which I am using for over 2 years now. It was working fine and kept properly. Now when I plug-in the hard disk (thrg USB cable) the green light on hard disk appears but my laptop is not recognizing the disk at all. I tried all standard ways and also went thrgs some other posts but nothing helps. Also, I dont see any entry in removable storage under computer management and neither I see any entry in safe removal option for USB.

    How do I get my drive back? I am using win xp home and professional (on two different laptops)
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    They don't last as long as internal drives... It may just be bad. Have you tried formatting it?
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    It may have gone bad. Or there are a number of other reasons it won't work

    you might find it helpful going through these various posts on the topic
    See [post=744411]USB Device Problems? Check for Windows Updates[/post]
    See [post=720762]Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive[/post]
    See [post=720763]How to Fix a Drive Letter that Doesn't Appear[/post]
    See [post=720766]How to boot and test with a G-Parted-Live-CD[/post]
    See [post=727106]How to use the DriveCleanupTool[/post]
    See [post=751005]How to Reinstall Your USB Controllers and Motherboard Chipset Drivers[/post]
    See [post=752196]How to Check Hardware / Connection Issues with your USB Device[/post]
    See [post=753513]How to Avoid Problems with USB Storage Devices[/post]
    See [post=752516]How to Check USB Device and USB Hub Power Issues and Limitations[/post]
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