Does not detect a western digital external hard drive

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Hello,

The computer I am using does not detect a western digital external hard drive. It keeps on plugging and unplugging every other time. What is the problem here? I cannot gain access to anything because it cannot be seen in the computer. How do I solve this issue at hand?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #148155

Does not detect a western digital external hard drive

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Hi Jaclyn,

Have you tried plugging it to another computer?
It could be a number of reasons..

If it keeps plugging and unplugging – it could be a faulty USBcable.

It could also be a bad firmware or encryption problem.

If the drive makes a clicking noise – then the drive head is bad.

If the disk is not spinning when you plug it in – then the power supply is faulty

If the drive is not mounting and can't be detected by disk management.. – I suggest you call WD customer support.

Answered By 0 points N/A #148154

Does not detect a western digital external hard drive

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Try to check if connecting cables on your western external hard drive is okay. Check in the disk management tool if there the hard drive appears. If appear then assign a drive letter. What is the number of capacity of your computer to support hard drives at a time? If there are others connected with your computer then remove one and try again. Try to connect with USB hub. You may get additional help from this http://www.hgst.com/support/faqs/my-external-hard-drive-not-recognized-my-computer

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