External HDD won't show up in Explorer, but shows in device manager Tags: Hard Drives Device Manager Explorer External Hard Drive Storage Last response: March 19, 2013 6:30 PM in Storage Share vipete August 17, 2012 8:18:14 PM Running a WD External 3.5" External HDD Windows 7 Home 64Bit External HDD shows in Device Manager as proper device name and I'm even able to "safely remove usb drive" using the windows utility. However, HDD does not show up in explorer to retrieve data. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. More about : external hdd show explorer shows device manager | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Reply to vipete Register or log in to remove Dr_JRE August 19, 2012 11:34:59 PM vipete said:Running a WD External 3.5" External HDD Windows 7 Home 64Bit External HDD shows in Device Manager as proper device name and I'm even able to "safely remove usb drive" using the windows utility. However, HDD does not show up in explorer to retrieve data. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Right click on My Computer and select Manage. Select Disk Management Is the drive there? Do you need to initialize it? (right click on the picture of the drive) Does it need a drive letter? (right click and select Assign Drive Letter or Path) Does it require partitioning? (if its listed as unallocated right click on Unallocated and select New Simple Volume) Does it require formatting? (right click on the drive in disk management and select Format) | Report abuse Reply to Dr_JRE Warren Taylor March 17, 2013 6:26:11 PM Have looked all over the place for a solution. This was it. Tx Warren | Report abuse Reply to Warren Taylor Leopoldpoly March 19, 2013 6:30:11 PM Why do you have to retrieve the data? what has happened to your drive? You should offer more details, please. | Report abuse Reply to Leopoldpoly Register or log in to remove Ask the community Post an answer Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>External HDD won't show up in Explorer, but shows in device manager> Related ressources: ForumHELP! MY EXTERNAL DRIVE WON'T INSTALL/ SHOW UP ! Forum2TB HD shows up in Device Manager but not Explorer ForumUSB mass storage device shows in Device Manager , not in Disk Managemen ForumWindows 7 usb camera device shows up in device mananger but not my computer ForumVideo card won't show up in device manager ForumHDD doesn't show up in OS...! ForumTakes a long time to show files icons in Windows Explorer ForumInstalled windows 7 on ssd - HDD wont show up . ForumI can see my external hard drive in device manager , but not able to initialize i ForumIntel rapid storage tech shows 2HD's w/ RAID 1 but Device Mgr doesn't ForumUSB HDD Won't Show Drive Letter in My Computer ForumMy WD 2TB external hdd shows up in the disk management but cannot be initilized ForumNo drives show up in disk management but are shown in device manager ForumExternal hard drive in Device and Disk Manager , not in My Computer ForumSATA drives show up in BIOS and device manager but not in My Computer Forum4tb hdd is being read as 2tb hdd ForumDeleted volume on external hard drive ForumTo migrate to SSD from HDD RAID 1 or not ForumSSD as an external HD question! ForumToshiba 1TB External Hard Drive not being recognized More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !