External Seagate Hard Drive Not Being Detected

External Seagate Hard Drive Not Being Detected

When you connect a Seagate hard drive to computer, it might not get detected/recognized. So, in many cases, the drive does not show up on the computer. When computer does not detect the drive, you cannot access or use it.

Under normal circumstances, Seagate external hard drive should be detected by your operating system. This detection must happen without the need for any drivers, special software, or firmware updates. However, in a situation where External Seagate Hard Drive Not Being Detected by the operating system, follow these basic hardware troubleshooting steps first:

  1. Try to connect the drive to a different port on the computer.
  2. Attempt to use the Seagate drive on some other computer.
  3. In case the above instructions don’t fix the issue, try utilizing a different electrical outlet.

If using a different power outlet also fails to solve the current problem, try these troubleshooting methods:

NOTE: The following methods will apply to Windows 7, 8, and 10 computers.

Method 1: Formatting the RAW Seagate drive to NTFS

If your Seagate hard drive’s file system turns to RAW, it cannot be detected by the computer. Your drive might also fail to work as usual if it has an unsupported file system. Therefore, in such instances, you have to format your RAW drive to another file system that will be recognized by Windows. FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS are examples of such supported file systems.

  1. Connect the Seagate drive to computer.
  2. Now, go to the Disk Management section.
  3. Locate the RAW drive (the one that is not functioning).
  4. Right-click on this drive. From the displayed options, select Format.
  5. The Format dialog box will now pop up. Here, you have to set the Volume label.
  6. From the drop-down for the File system field, choose NTFS.
  7. Select the checkbox beside the Perform a quick format option.
  8. Click on the OK button to begin with the formatting.
  9. Now, check if the External Seagate Hard Drive Not Being Detected issue is resolved. In case the problem persists, just move on to the next method.

Method 2: Setting a new drive letter to the Seagate drive

If Seagate external drive shares the same drive letter as that of disk partition, Windows cannot display the Seagate drive. It will be represented as New Volume without any drive letter.

To fix this issue and get drive to be recognized by Windows, follow these steps to set a new drive letter to the drive:

  • First, connect the drive to computer.
  • Go to the Disk Management section.
  • Locate the partition that is not functioning.
  • Right-click on it. From the displayed options, select Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  • Now, you need to set a new drive letter to the Seagate drive.
  • Finally, click on the OK button.
  • You have successfully resolved the External Seagate Hard Drive Not Being Detected issue.