An external hard drive is the most dependable storage device when compared to internal HDDs. However, an external hard disk drive becomes a nightmare especially if it is not recognized by your computer.
Unrecognized external hard drive screens several error messages like the drive is not formatted, the drive cannot be accessed, the drive is RAW etc. But, you need not worry as you can recover unrecognized external hard drive using various methods.
Step 1: Connect the unrecognized external hard drive to another working computer and see if it is detected.
It is clear that the USB port got the problem on the previous computer if the portable hard drive is working fine on the current system. So, fix the USB port issue first. If required, update Disk drivers too.
Step 2: Go to Disk Management and check whether your external hard drive is listed as a Disk X (X is disk number- 1, 2, 3 etc.) Removable or not. If the external disk is recognized by Disk Management, then
Step 3: If both step #1 and step #2 fails to make your external hard drive detectable on the computer then you have to Format the drive and initialize it using the Disk Management.
But, as we all know formatting erases entire data from the external drive. So, first recover data from undetected external hard drive using Remo Recover, then format it and initialize.
Recovering data from undetected external hard drives can be easier with the help of Remo Recover tool which is one of the best software to recover lost or deleted data from external hard disk as well HDD.
Step 1: Connect your unrecognized external hard drive to a working computer. Launch Remo Recover tool and click Recover Drives button.
Figure 1: Recover Drives
Step 2: Next, click on the Partition Recovery button.
Figure 2: Select Partition Recovery
Step 3: Software shows you the list of storage drives available in the computer. Select the connected external hard drive and its partitions.
Figure 3: Select Unrecognized External Hard Drive and Partition
Step 4: The tool starts to recover data from the external hard drive that is not recognized and displays a list of recovered data in File Type View/Data View.
Figure 4: Recovered Data with Folder Structure
Step 5: Select, preview and save the recovered data onto the system internal HDD.
Figure 5: Save Recovery Session