Unrecognized External Hard Drive Data Recovery from Windows 7

Windows 7 computer doesn’t recognize your external HDD or any drives? This is common issue with Windows user when connected to hard drive. It happens on same desktop where it was working fine for long time and suddenly stopped being recognized by Windows 7 system. Sometimes it is easy to fix and sometimes it is complicated. By going through this article you will get various solutions to fix this problem.

Assigning letter to drive:

When drive is not being recognized by Windows 7 and won’t even show up on your desktop then the problem must be with drives or hardware. To figure it out, go to Disk Management and see if drives show up there. If the drive shows up there and not in Windows Explorer then you have to assign drive letter to disk. Usually Windows does this process automatically but due to some other situation your external drive will recognize but doesn’t have drive letter to be assigned. In Disk Management right click on disk and select Change Drive Letter and Paths. Now pick a letter for your drive and carry on with your work.

If your drive is not displayed in Disk management then you have some other problem. Move on to next section below.

Drive not showing up:

If you connect drive to Windows 7 system and nothing shows up then your hard drive have some problem or something not working properly with OS or drivers may not be installed properly. Let us see a common problem and its solution that is Windows device manager.

In cases your old drivers can become inaccessible when connected to Windows 7 PC. You can fix it using command prompt and running these command: Open Device Manager and click on View-Show Hidden Devices. Expand external devices and right click on any item that are grayed out and select Uninstall. Restart you desktop and try to connect again the hard drive.

Even after following above mentioned steps, if you are unable to recognize external hard drive then it is recommended to use prominent tool to recover data from it.

Salient feature of this tool:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software can recover data unrecognized external hard drive connected to Windows 7 operating system. It is engineered to restore documents, Excel sheets, PDF, presentation files, generic media files, compressed files and other file types from formatted, corrupted or inaccessible drive. Its powerful algorithms scan formatted and reformatted drives to retrieve files without causing any damage to file contents. It supports file recovery from formatted partitions or storage drives with FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file systems. It can easily retrieve data from computer hard drives having ATA, IDE, SATA, SCSI, PATA and other interfaces. Along with portable hard drive, this utility can recover data from memory card, pen drives, SSD drives and many other storage drives. It can recover data from Windows 7 hard drive, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 OS. Mac user can recover data from external hard drive on Mac machine by using Yodot Mac Data Recovery tool.

How to use hard drive recovery tool:

  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool on healthy PC and install it
  • Now launch the utility and main screen will show two options like ‘Partition Recovery’ and ‘Formatted / Reformatted Recovery’
  • In that opt for ‘Partition Recovery’ option and go further
  • Now select drive which represents the drive that was formatted
  • Choose required file types that you want to retrieve or by default all file types will be selected
  • Now allow the tool to initiate scanning process and wait till it gets over
  • After completing the scanning process, you can view restored data either in 'Data View' or 'File Type View'
  • Finally use 'Save Recovery Session' option to save scanning information that can be used to resume scanning process after purchasing the product
  • Then, save retrieved data in desired destination location

Important Points:

  • Avoid improper ejection of portable hard drive from host device while copying or accessing its data
  • Do not save any new files to unrecognized drive until you recover files from it

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