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 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
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
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
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
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
Figure 5: Save Recovered Files