Recover External Hard Drive That is Not Recognized

Your external hard drive not getting recognized when connected to Windows or Mac computer? How to recover data from it? Don't worry! Remo Hard Drive Recovery tool is here to help you recovering data from unrecognized external hard drives in a couple of clicks. Download the tool for free, and preview the recovered files prior saving. Try now!!!


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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.

How to Fix External Hard Drive Not Detected Problem?

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

  • Right-click on it and select Change Drive Letter and Paths…
  • Click on Add button, and select a letter for the drive and hit OK

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.

Recover External Hard Drive Not Recognized with Remo Recover:

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.

  • Loaded with optimized algorithms this tool deeply scans your HDD for recovering data from unrecognized external hard drive; however, the recovery process will be fast and rapid
  • Recovers various kinds of files such as video files, audio files, archives, documents and many – Restore more than 300 types of files from your external drive
  • The tool is available in trial version, which performs almost all the activities of a full version except saving the recovered data. However, in trial version Preview option is offered, which allows you to have a look at the recovered data before you save it
  • Apart from unrecognized external hard drive data recovery, this crash data recovery tool tool has the ability to recover crashed external hard drive data and also capable of recovering data from other storage devices such as flash drives, memory cards, iPods, cameras etc. in addition supports recovery from various brands of external hard disk
  • The tool perfectly works on all versions of Windows operating system and a Mac compatible edition is also available

How to Recover Data from External Hard Drive that is not Recognized?

Step 1: Connect the external hard drive from which you want to recover data to a working computer. Launch Remo Recover software and click on Recover Partitions button. Then, from the list of available drives, choose the external hard disk, and click Scan button

Recover External Hard Drive Not Recognized - Welcome Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

Step 2: Remo Recover scans the external hard disk, and once scanning is completed, it displays the found partitions in the disk with their file systems. Choose the Partition which you want to recover and click Scan button

Unrecognized External Hard Drive Data Recovery - Choose Required Partition

Figure 2: Choose Required Partition

Step 3: Upon the completion of successful scanning and recovery process, the tool displays the recovered files, which you can view in Data View, and File Type View

How to Recover External Hard Drive Data that is not Recognized? - Recovered Data View

Figure 3: Recovered Data View

Step 4: Prior saving the recovered files, you can preview each of the files just by right-clicking on the respective file, and choosing Preview option

How To Retrieve Data From Unrecognized External Hard Drive - Preview Recovered Files

Figure 4: Preview Recovered Files

Step 5: After the evaluation of the recovery results of the tool if you are satisfied with the tool then activate it's license key and save the recovered files at the location of your choice

Recover Data From External Hard Drive - Save Recovered Files

Figure 5: Save Recovered Files


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