Hard disk, the important hardware part of any computer used for many purposes in terms of memory. But what happens if the hard drive you are using has suddenly stopped being recognized by your system or if you have changed your internal hard drive and the system does not recognize it? Windows 10 does not recognize the hard drive. If you face any of the problems mentioned above, the solution to your problem is only a few lines below.
What you need to do is continue reading and trying the step by step guided methods to put your hard drive back to work. There are many reasons why your hard drive does not show in Windows 10 like obsolete drivers, a letter or undefined path, a connection problem or some other reasons that will be discussed. In addition, because there are several options that may be causing the problem, you will have several solutions.
How to fix unrecognized hard disk problem under Windows 10
As always, I will start with simple steps, then steps, with more technical solutions. Although the article is specifically intended for Windows 10 hard drive problem, but, the solutions can also be used for other versions of Windows.
1. Check the hardware connections
It may be that when you have connected the new hard drive, the connection is incorrect and may not let the system recognize it. So, redo the connections correctly and then check if your Windows 10 shows the hard drive or not. If you are unfamiliar with the connections, refer to the manual containing the hard disk or Internet to properly connect the hard drive to the system.
Note: For users who have an old internal hard drive connected for a long time, I recommend you try this step finally after all the other steps.
2. Update the device drivers.
Your system may display the hard drive in Device Manager, but not in the File Explorer. So, if that's the case, then you can update hard disk drivers the problem can easily solve.
- press the the Windows key, search and select the Device Manager option.
- In the new Device Manager window, select the Disk option.
- Right-click on the hard drive or the unknown device option, and then select Update the driver software.
- to push on Automatically search for an online driver option.
- Wait until the driver is updated.
You can check the file explorer now to see if the hard drive is detected or not. If not, you can proceed to the next solution.
3. Unallocated disk
To check if your player is neither allocated nor initialized, open the procedure below to allocate it. Do not forget that the allocation formats your drive, but if your hard drive is new, you do not have to worry.
- Using the keypad, press the Windows key type Disk Management.
- Open the Disk Management by selecting it from the results.
- Locate any drive or device listed in the disk management window with a label as follows:not allocated& #39; or & #39;not initialized ».
- Right click on this device and choose Initialize the disk.
- Choose the GPT – GUID Partition Table Option.
- This will initialize the disk and we will now allocate space to it.
- Right-click on your listed device.
- Choose the New simple volume option.
- Then in the New Simple Volume Wizard check the Perform a quick format option.
- hurry Next to start formatting, then the space will be allocated to your player.
Once the allocation is complete, your hard drive is set up and you can use it in any way possible because it is recognized by your system.
4. No drive letter or path
If the previous step did not suit you, that is, your hard disk was initialized and allocated, you must check the letter or path set for your drive. it might be possible that it was not defined with a letter & had caused the question of Windows 10 does not see the hard drive.
- Open again Disk Management window.
- Then find any drive or space to which no name has been assigned.
- Right click on this particular drive and choose Change the drive letter and paths option.
- Click on Add button to add a drive name or path.
- Now, in the drop-down list, select the available name for the drive and click D & #39; AGREEMENT.
The name is assigned to the unnamed partition and you can find that named partition in your system. Resulting in that your mistake Windows 10 does not recognize a hard drive is resolved.
5. Troubleshoot the material
Windows 10 provides a troubleshooting option that also resolves issues over and over. Maybe that will solve your problems Windows 10 does not recognize the hard drive problem.
- Go to Settings pressing Windows + X.
- To choose Update and security & & help in the left menu.
- To select Hardware and Devices option.
- Click on Start the convenience store option, to start troubleshooting.
If there are any problems that the troubleshooter can solve, the problem will be solved and your hard drive will be recognized.
6. Clean the disc
For users who are having trouble detecting the internal hard drive, you have the option of formatting it with the help of the command prompt. Yes, the cleaning command will completely format the hard disk.
- press the Windows + X key and open command prompt in administrator fashion.
- Enter Diskpart in the command prompt and press the Enter key.
- Now type disc list & press Enter.
- Enter select the disc with the number of a disc provided (0,1, etc.).
- Enter clean, to format the disk.
The command will clean all the selected disk. If you have more than one disk in the list, remove any type of external hard drive, Pendrive or DVD and enter the disc list order. Because you will not be able to recover the data once deleted.
7. Locate the hard drive in the BIOS.
Many times, the device manufacturer disables some external ports by default. So, you can undo this by entering the BIOS settings and verifying the detection of the hard drive in disk management.
- Restart your PC.
- When the system reboots, press the F2 or Del button continuously to access the BIOS settings.
- In the BIOS settings, look for the hard disk options.
- Then, in the ports, enable the unused disabled ports.
Note: I would recommend that you try this step if you are computer literate and you think it will not hurt you. Since the BIOS controls all input / output operations, the settings on the motherboard are changed if you change the BIOS settings. So, be sure of what you are doing and it would also be best to have your manufacturer's user manual with you when changing the settings.
This method will solve the problem of the hard drive not detected on your PC.
Did it work?
the Windows 10 does not recognize a hard drive This problem has many reasons and this list begins with hardware connection, allocation, driver problems or the issues mentioned above. These problems are different and therefore have different solutions, respectively. But overall they will all solve the same problem.
I hope these steps will help you solve the problem and that you are now able to use your hard drive properly. Please comment below if you have any doubts or suggestions about the problem.