What Should You Do If Your Hard Drive Shows Up in Disk Management But Not Your Computer

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Sep 14, 2021 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions


People generally complain that the hard drive is not visible on the system, but it is visible in the Disk Management. Imagine you are working in the office and you face the same problem. How annoying would it be to someone when they have work to complete and an issue to resolve simultaneously?

If you are among those problem sufferers, then you are in the right place because we will tell you what agents aid this problem. Moreover, a solution guide has been compiled for all the readers that have multiple implementable solutions regarding the problem under study. Also, the article provides with few tips and tricks that can be adopted to avoid the problematic situation.

Part 1: What Are the Factors that Cause the Trouble?

Several people face the problem that the hard drive shows up in Disk Management, but it does not show on the computer. They generally don't know the factors that cause this problem. Before taking you any further and discussing more this, let's firstly talk about the causing agents;

Part 2: What Are the Possible Solutions to Resolve the Problem?

Now that the users know about the factors that cause the problem, let us shed light on possible solutions that the user can adopt to resolve the problem of why the hard disk is not showing up on the computer and is just visible in the Disk Management;

Method 1: Check the Connection

It is possible that the connection might be the reason behind this problem so, first of all, the user is suggested to check the connection of the hard drive with the motherboard and power supply. If the connection is not correct, then;

If the problem is due to the connections, then after checking the connections, the problem should be resolved, and now the disk should appear on the system.

Method 2: Uninstall the Drivers

The problem might be due to problematic drivers. What could be done in such a situation? Let us tell you. If the drivers are problematic, uninstall them.

uninstall the disk drive  drivers

tap on the icon of scan  new hardware changes

Method 3: Hardware Troubleshooter

Another possible and implementable solution for this problem is to Run the Hardware Troubleshooter;

access the update and  security settings

initiate the  troubleshoot

Once the process of troubleshooting is complete, the user should check that if the problem is still there or not.

Method 4: Update the Drivers

The problem can also be resolved by updating the drivers. This is how you can do it;

open device manager

tap on the option of  update driver

automatically update  your drivers

Windows will now search and install a suitable driver automatically. After the driver has been installed, check again if the problem is resolved or not.

Part 3: Best Way to Recover Lost Data From the Hard Drive

People often complain and suffer from the problem that they have lost data from the hard drive. They think that they can never have it back and it's impossible to recover it. Let us share something that will help users to recover lost data within few minutes. The magic is done by Wondershare Recoverit.
Wondershare Recoverit can recover deleted or lost files, photos, or emails. The amazing thing is that you can recover 100MB files for free; you don't need any subscription for that. Let us tell you some more benefits and features of Wondershare Recoverit;

People who don’t know about it must be confused regarding how to use it. Well, for all such beginners, we are here to provide you with a step-by-step guideline from which you can learn to use it;

First of all, the user should install and download Wondershare Recoverit Data Recovery Software. Once that is done, it is ready to use.

Step 1: Choose the Location

To start the recovery process, the user needs to choose a location from where the data was lost. Once the user has selected the location, click on the 'Start' button in the bottom right corner to start the scanning process of the targeted location.

select your drive for  scanning

Step 2: Scanning the Drive
After initiating the scanning process, Wondershare Recoverit will do an all-around scan. The scanning time usually depends upon the size of the file. It might take few hours if the files are large-sized and a few minutes if the files are small. The scanning results are displayed on the screen to the user.

scanning in progress

Step 3: Preview and then Recover
Wondershare Recoverit allows its user to preview the files that are scanned and displayed. This way, they can select the files they actually want to recover. Once the selection is made, they can click on the 'Recover' button in the bottom right corner to complete the process.

recover your data

Part 4: Tips and Tricks to Prevent this Situation

The section below will provide readers with a few tips and tricks. Adopting those tips will help users to prevent themselves from such situations. The tips are;


If someone is facing the invisible hard drive on their systems, you can now help them confidently. The article has provided the reader with a sufficient level of detail to learn deeply about the problem. Also, solution methods have been discussed that can be adopted to get over the trouble. In addition to the solution, tips have also been discussed to prevent the problem.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The causes for why hard drives don’t show on Mac or Windows are similar to each other as it might be due to; USB port issue, corrupted Hard drive, drive connection issue, etc.

The hard drive might not be recognized in computer BIOS because the cable might be damaged, or else, the connection might be incorrect between the PC and the drive.

Yes, it is possible to fix an unresponsive external with the built-in troubleshooting methods available in Windows 10.   

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