Removable HD failed to be recognized

By Carter.S ·
My removable HD failed to be recognized.
The icon can be shown in computer interface, but I cannot open it, always tell me Please insert removable HD.

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First things first

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Removable HD failed to be ...

Is there any Important Data on this drive or would it just be Nice to get it back?

If it has Important data on the drive you need to pack it up and send it to a Data Recovery Service and pay them to recover your Data. It's the only way to deal with Important Data and generally makes things cheaper than if you mess with things and then still need to send it off.

If the Data would just be Nice to get back and you can live without it, you can try opening the Command Prompt and entering chkdsk /r then pressing Enter and run the Check Disc Utility on the Drive and attempt to repair it. If that doesn't work you can attack the drive with a Data Recovery Application and try to recover the Data that way but it may take a very long time and be expensive to buy the software. 1 Program can take up to 6 days to scan a working HDD and copy any Data that it finds on that drive off it. But on the other hand some Data Recovery Programs could rebuild the Partition Tables in as little as 15 minutes or maybe even less depending on who wrote the application.

Here is a short list of the better commercial applications to recover Data but there are many more available out there However I can not speak of who well they do or do not work














While the last 2 are from the same company they are very different products. Win Hex should only be considered for use by someone who knows Hex Inside Out while Davory is a great cheap General Purpose Application.

Personally I prefer the On Track Option but it's anything but cheap. However because I use this type of software a lot it's paid for itself many times over by now, for a cheaper option Spin Rite from Gibson Research or Stella have both very good reputations by other TR members.

As for the current problem the most likely thing is that the user has not used the Safely Remove Option before unplugging the HDD or turning off the computer and this has corrupted the Partition Table son the HDD. If you do not use the Safely Remove Option and Dismount the HDD before disconnecting it or turning off the computer you will be back in this situation very shortly as it is the only sure way to corrupt the Partition Tables on an External Hard Disc Drive.

Also just to be sure you should download the Drive Makers Testing Utility to check the function of the HDD to make sure that it's actually working you can do that from here


Just click on the makers name.


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Missing link

by TobiF In reply to First things first

Since the question didn't tell us what brand the HDD is, OH Smeg couldn't supply a link to the maker's testing utility.

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by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Missing link

The last few lines went missing when I posted the post above.

I've edited it so it's right now thanks for the heads up.


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Would be nice with a template repository

by TobiF In reply to Interesting

Would be nice with a possibility to store some 20 standard answers here at TR, so you'd just need a couple of clicks to prepare a good answer to some of the most common questions and situations.

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But that comes with time

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Would be nice with a temp ...

I have saved a listing for Password Cracking and Data Recovery Questions and they are about the only 2 that I need on a regular basis.


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