Yesterday afternoon Windows 8 wanted to update and restart, so I let it and when it restarted my external was just coming up as 'Local Drive (H:)'. I read that mounting virtual drives could be an issue, so I removed all virtual drives with Daemon tools and the drive appeared again. It was running slow, so I unplugged it and when I plugged it in, it didn't work again. I then mounted an iso I had and suddenly the drive was back and working perfectly fine. I was just now watching a file on it when suddenly it froze and audio kept repeating and I've not been able to get it to work since. The same thing happens in every computer I try it with as well.
External suddenly not recognised
Posted 14 March 2015 - 09:03 PM
If your external drive is going bad, you can always use a universal drive adapter to connect it to your computer in order to take any files on it and transfer them to another external.
I had a 500 gig Western Digital and a 2 TB Seagate external freeze up and became unrecognized by my operating system windows 7 Ultimate, and so I purchased a universal drive adapter online for $35.00 including shipping and handling and after dismantling the external, I connected it to my computer and switched all the files to my new 4 TB external.
Funny thing is both the 500 gig WD and the 2 TB works fine since I slipped each into a protective sleeve and use it via the universal drive adapter.
The only other avenue available to you to retrieve any information on your external would be to use a recovery service whose fee would usually start at $800.00 and they will be doing exactly what I described to you above. You can also see detailed steps on youtube.
Personally I think my $35.00 solution is much better than the recovery service as you can still use the adapter on other hard drives from laptops to tower units.
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