How to Resolve Exter­nal Storage Not Showing Up on Windows 10

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Most Windows computers support a variety of devices with the USB-A connector. The Windows 10 system is simply linked with and accessed to content via a hard disc, Solid State drive or USB pen drive. But what if the linked external storage cannot be detected by Windows 10?

1. CHECK THE CABLE CONNECTION

The cable connection on both sides should always be checked. Make sure that both the Windows 10 and the external drive have the cord properly connected.

If the cable is lost or defective, the system won’t read and show the content of the attached device.

2. USE A DIFFERENT USB PORT

The USB port you’re trying to use in Windows 10 can be broken for a variety of reasons. The port could be damaged physically or have a software fault.

You can always try a different USB port on the device to see if the external storage works properly on Windows 10. The majority of Windows 10 notebooks only have one USB port. If you have a USB Type-C dongle on hand, try connecting the external storage to the Windows 10 desktop using it.

3. TRY TO UPDATE USB DRIVERS

On Windows 10, corrupt or outdated USB drivers may cause problems with the USB connection. The most recent drivers are available through Windows updates. On Windows 10, you can also utilise the Device Manager to update needed drivers. Take the actions outlined below.

Step 1: On the keyboard, press the Windows key and look for Device Manager.

Step 2: Go to the Device Manager and choose it.

Step 3: Look for Universal Serial Bus controllers at the bottom of the page.

 

 

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How to Resolve Exter­nal Storage Not Showing Up on Windows 10

Step 4: Update all of the drivers from the menu by right-clicking on them.

4. TRY TO UPDATE DISK DRIVERS

In some circumstances, new drivers are also required for the linked external drives to function properly. All of the major hard drive manufacturers continue to produce updated drivers to ensure a smooth experience. On Windows 10, here’s how to update them.

Step 1: On the keyboard, press the Windows key and look for Device Manager.

Step 2: Go to the Device Manager and choose it.

Step 3: Find Disk drives at the bottom of the page.

How to Resolve Exter­nal Storage Not Showing Up on Windows 10

Step 4: Locate the external drive that is attached to your computer. Right-click it and choose Update Drivers to get the most recent version.

5. TRY CREATING A NEW DRIVE

If the external storage disc is visible in Disk Management, you can utilise this approach. Open the Disk Management tool after connecting the external storage to your Windows 10 PC.

Your drive’s partition and file system difficulties can be resolved with the Disk Management Program.

How to Resolve Exter­nal Storage Not Showing Up on Windows 10

If you can’t see the basic data partition on the connected disc, make sure it’s assigned a drive letter. This should happen on its own. If it isn’t working properly, the drive will be allocated a letter and maybe inaccessible under Windows.

Step 1: Right-click the drive and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths from the context menu.

How to Resolve Exter­nal Storage Not Showing Up on Windows 10

Step 2: Select one by clicking Add. It will work with any alphabetical letter, such as G, J, or E.

How to Resolve Exter­nal Storage Not Showing Up on Windows 10

6. TRY TO FORMAT THE DRIVE

If you can’t access the basic partition on the drive, it’s most likely partitioned using a different file system.

WARNING: Formatting or changing the file system on a hard disc might result in data loss. We don’t advise doing this unless your external storage is empty or doesn’t include any data you’ll require.

For example, on a Mac, you might have used the XFS file system, whereas, on Linux, you might have used the APFS file system. These file systems are inaccessible to Windows. For Windows to recognise the disc, you must format it with the latest NTFS file system.

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Step 1: Connect the external storage to the Windows 10 device.

Step 2: Select Disk Management from the menu bar.

Try creating a new drive

Step 3: Select Format from the menu that appears after right-clicking on the attached disc.

Try to format the drive

Step 4: Choose the file system you’d want to use and click the Ok button at the bottom.

How to Resolve Exter­nal Storage Not Showing Up on Windows 10

The NTFS file system is recommended for hard disks and SSDs. The exFAT file system is suitable for tiny flash storage.

7. UPDATE WINDOWS

It’s possible that the fact that external storage is now visible on Windows 10 has nothing to do with the external storage itself. The USB activities on the machine may have been disrupted by a recent Windows 10 major update. Microsoft responds quickly to such problems.

Go to the Update and Security option in the Windows Settings app (Windows + I). Update Windows 10 to the most recent version.

ACCESS EXTERNAL STORAGE ON WINDOWS 10

If your external storage isn’t visible on Windows 10, it can disrupt your workflow. Follow the troubleshooting steps outlined above to resolve the problem. While you’re at it, tell us which method worked best for you in the comments section below.

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