Thursday, November 7, 2013

External Hard Drive not Recognized by Windows 8

How Does an External Hard Drive Work?

As the name implies, external hard drive uses hard disk drive as its storage media. Compared with internal hard disk drive on computer, external hard disk drive is connected to a computer via USB cable while hard drive is connected to a computer through IDE. Both hard drive and external hard drive are used to store data. External hard drive can also be used to transfer data because it can be easily unplugged out from one computer and be reconnected to another computer.

Simply say, an external hard drive is often worked as an internal hard drive but it must be connected with the computer through USB cable. However, for some reasons, an external hard drive may not be recognized by computer after connecting it to the USB port.

What If External Hard Drive Cannot Be Recognized on Windows 8?
It is necessary to know the reasons for the problem if an external hard drive is not recognized on Windows 8, because the problem might be easily solved in some cases. However, in some situations, it might be difficult to solve the problem and you may need more tools.

Causes May Lead Data Loss from External Hard Drive
* External hard drive is destroyed or physically damaged (In this situation, data recovery software is useless for data recover)
* External hard drive is attacked by virus or spyware

These reasons may cause external hard drive not to be recognized on computer, and even worse it can cause data loss. When data is lost due to reasons above, you will need using Windows 8 recovery software to retrieve lost files.

Windows 8 recovery software is able to scan the external hard drive even it cannot be detected on computer. After scanning, the software could get data off the external hard drive so that you can store the files to another device. To use Windows 8 recovery software, you have to download and install it on your Windows 8 computer, but the software is free of charge so you don’t need to worry about the fee.

Select the Software Based on Your Needs
The first must try recovery software is a freeware to recover files from all types of memory card, so you can refer to free card recovery tutorials if you want to recover memory card data.

The second must try recovery software is also a freeware which can recover photos, videos, music, etc from memory card, USB drive, hard drive, external drive, etc. Please visit best data recovery software for step by step guide.

The third must try recovery software is available for free download, with which you can recover data from all storage devices. You can refer to recommended data recovery to learn detailed steps.

Other Causes for External Hard Drive Unrecognizable Problem

1. The shortage of power supply
If the front USB port on case of some low-quality mainboard is short of power supply, the external hard drive will be unrecognized by computer. In this case, you can connect the external hard drive to your computer through back USB port. The external hard drive will be recognized normally if you can ensure the enough powerful supply and data will not be lost from the drive.

2. Poor-quality external hard drive
Some users don’t know how to choose a good-quality external hard drive, so they may be prone to buy poor-quality external hard drive just because it is cheaper than good one. Poor-quality external hard drive can be easily damaged and it will have lots of problems, while unrecognizable problem is one of those problems. In this case, data is easily to be lost and might be unrecoverable. Therefore, you had better spend a little more money buying a good-quality external hard drive.

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