Why won’t Windows 7 recognize my external hard drive?

Rob November 25, 2011

When using Windows 7, an external hard drive is not recognize at all not even in disk management, yet with XP and Vista there is no problem with the same drive. What can be done?

  1. manish
    June 12, 2012 at 8:28 am

    when i coonect external hdd hdd not conected

    November 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Hello, for a thorough list of troubleshooting steps with regards to usb and usb drives, try the following link.  Make sure to follow the steps of everything you start.  Even if you think you have done it before...try it again.


  3. Anonymous
    November 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

    try to use in compatibility mode for windows vista

    also in dvice manager are there any yellow marks? if yes right click on it uninstall the external hard drive. Unplug the usb cable. Plug it back in.

    reboot and windows will instal a new compatible driver, otherwise go to the manufacturer website and look for windows7 driver.