“Although I started my PC, for some reason it doesn’t recognize a hard disk” or “I connected a new HDD or SSD but my PC doesn’t recognize it” These are phenomenon that often occur when connecting an HDD or SSD. Even these are common problems, some people may be in a panic since HDDs and SSDs are important devices storing important data. In case of such a situation, it is better to learn what to do if an HDD or an SSD are not recognized by a PC.
1. Common symptoms and causes when an HDD or an SSD is not recognized
2. What to do when an external HDD is not recognized
・1. Common symptoms and causes when an HDD or an SSD is not recognized
When an HDD or an SSD is not recognized, there are cases such like “An HDD does not turn on”, “An HDD is working but an icon is not displayed on a PC”, and “An icon is displayed but data cannot be accessed”. If a power does not turn on, there may be a physical problem like necessary cables are not connected. Also, if an icon is not displayed, formatting may not be correct. If an icon is displayed but data cannot be accessed, it is suspected that an HDD itself is out of order.
Various factors may causes “unrecognized” situations. In addition, HDDs and SSDs are damaged as they are used. Therefore, it is possible that the recognition of HDDs and SSDs will become unstable as aging.
・2. What to do when an external HDD is not recognized
In an external HDD is not recognized, firstly check the physical connection, for example, whether the cables (USB and E-sata), AC adapter, and other items are connected securely according to the manual. Next, you need to check if it is formatted. Depending on an HDD, there are formatted one and unformatted one at the time of purchase. It can be confirmed on the device management screen. If you cannot confirm the connection, check if it is formatted or not. When the connection is failed, in some cases, formatting itself is not performed properly, rather than failure of partition or unassigned drive names. Therefore, it is recommended to check a cause step by step. If you still cannot confirm a recognition, consider there is a problem on a computer side and try restarting the computer or checking the connection with another computer.
Also, if aging deterioration mentioned before is considered to be a factor, or if it must be formatted but it is not recognized by all means, there is one optional solution that ask a professionals who recovers or retrieves data.
These days, PCs are essential not only for jobs, but also for individuals. However, it is possible that HDDs and SSDs may suddenly get stuck. When you use a new HDD or an SSD, of course daily maintenance is important, though, in addition, remember what to do if an HDD or an SSD are not recognized as necessary knowledge.