I have read other posts on this whilst some were too complicated for me to follow with my pea brain I have done some things like try using new cables and update the drivers but still no icon appears on the computer page for me to click on. It is recognised in the device manager and also the other external HD that I keep photos on is working fine?? any suggestions would be welcome so long as they are explained without any short hand :) By the way it was working ok until yesterday, and I have not made any changes such as updates etc.
(Solved) - my desk top has stopped recognising my external HD(13 posts)
With disk plugged in. Go to start. Type in: Manage. Click in Windows Disk Management. Wait patiently. If the disk is listed there, does it have a drive letter? If not right click on it and select "Change DSrive Letter and Paths. Assign it a letter.
I have looked in device manager under disc drives and it has 'samsung SP2415N USB device' without any drive letter and when i right click the menu list is Disable,scan for hardware changes, update drivers, properties uninstall but no 'Change DSrive Letter and Paths' The properties list is huge but again i could find nothing with your suggestion ?? what now if anything?
Then Im afraid it is Kaput!. I guess the only other thing to try would be a Ubuntu stand alone disk and/or Partition Magic to see if it is recognizable any other way. But, I'm afraid it is gone.
My only other idea would be to remove it from the external enclosure and try to hook it up either directly or with a USB-SATA/IDE cable. This would eliminate the enclosure hardware as the problem.
Whether or not you want to go to all that trouble would depend on whether or not the data on it is important.
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