Disk Drive Appears In Device Manager But Not in My Computer

“I use Windows 7 computer (running on SSD). I have one HDD as main storage drive. I own an old hard drive that I use as external hard drive. I moved some documents from my old computer onto that portable drive (external drive) and formatted that computer. My external drive didn’t appear when I connected it back to that system. So I un-plugged it and attached with my new computer. Unfortunately the drive is not showing up in this computer also, but it is in the "Device Manager". How do I get it to show in “My Computer” and use it? I have really important data on it.”

Why disk shows in Device Manager but not in My Computer?

If you are facing this issue with external hard disk then check your USB port connection first. Sometimes crapped-out connection may trigger this problem. If there is no fault in USB port or cable then try below troubleshooting to make your drive appear on computer.

In case if you have saved vital data on affected drive then backup it to safe location; follow next procedure to do so.

  • Avail Yodot Hard Drive Recovery program on your computer
  • Attach the drive which is failing to show up in My computer
  • Run the software and hit Partition Recovery option
  • From listing pick your connected drive
  • Select all presented partitions
  • Click on Skip/Mark All
  • Your drive data shows in File Type View/Data View
  • Mark your required files
  • Save them safely on system HDD

Now give a try for these steps to resolve your problem.

1. Assign drive letter to your disk

  • Go to start and type cmd
  • Then type diskpart
  • Next type list volume
  • Note down the volume number whose drive letter you need to assign
  • Then type select volume n (n is volume number)
  • Finally type assign letter=L (L is drive letter that want to assign)
  • L shouldn’t be assigned to any drive

2. Format

  • Hold Windows and R keys together
  • Type diskmgmt.msc and hit enter
  • Under list of available devices select your disk
  • It might be unallocated or not-initialized
  • Right click on it and choose Create a new volume
  • Next assign a drive letter
  • Proceed to format the disk

Now you can see your drive on My computer.

Why Yodot to recover data from disk that doesn’t show in my computer?

This application is well suited to restore data when your external or internal hard disk is in inaccessible state. With advanced scanning module of the software you can easily recover files when laptop shows reboot and select proper boot device error. The program deeply scans every sector of your hard disk and fetches data without altering its structure and content. The application effortlessly creates disk image and bypasses bad sectors present on HDD, portable drives, SSD or any storage space and retrieves data. The utility allows you to compress restored files to save your disk space. The tool is compatible with IDE, SATA, PATA, ATA, SCSI and many HDD interfaces. You can employ the software on all editions of Windows operating system.

Must know:

  • Don’t forget to leave a copy on system drive when saving vital files on external drive
  • Keep your storage device virus free

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