How To Fix Buffalo External Hard Drive Not Recognized Windows 10

Buffalo External Hard Drive Not Showing Up Windows 10

Is your Buffalo External Hard Drive Not Showing Up Windows 10? We understand how frustrating it can be. But don't worry. You're not alone! This is a common issue that many users face, but the good news is that it can be easily resolved. Our website has a step-by-step guide to help you diagnose and fix the problem, so you can regain access to your hard drive and your data. Whether you're a tech expert or a beginner, our guide is easy to follow and understand. Let's get started and get your hard drive back in action!

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Before we troubleshoot the issue, let's take a closer look at some common causes for this problem.

  • Did you know that a damaged USB port or cable can prevent your computer from detecting your external hard drive?
  • Application conflicts can also cause the drive to go undetected.
  • Outdated drivers and driver letter conflicts can be culprits, too.
  • And lastly, compatibility issues may be the root of the problem.

Now that we know some of the reasons why your external hard drive may not be showing up let's figure out how to get your computer to recognize it.

#1 Basic Solutions to Try

  • First things first, let's check the connection status.
  • Make sure that everything is in working order and that your device is properly connected.
  • Double-check that the USB cable connecting your Buffalo external drive to your computer is securely plugged in.
  • Loose connections can cause all sorts of problems!
  • Make sure you're using a recommended and undamaged USB cable for the connection.
  • Damaged cables can cause a host of issues and may not provide a stable connection.
  • If everything looks good so far, let's move on to the next solution.

We'll get you back to storing and accessing your files in no time!

USB Cable Connecting Your Buffalo External Drive

#2 Update the Driver

  • Ensure your Windows 10 operating system is up-to-date. An outdated OS can cause compatibility issues with your external hard drive.
  • If your OS is not the latest version, go ahead and update it.
  • Next, check if the driver for your external hard drive is up-to-date. If not, it's time to update it.
  • To update the driver, open the Device Manager window on your computer by pressing the Windows and X buttons together.
  • Expand the Disk drives option in the Device Manager window and select your external hard drive.
  • Right-click on it and click "Update Driver."
  • Choose the option to "Search...."
  • Wait for the update process to complete.
  • Once the update is done, try connecting your external hard drive to your computer again.

If your external hard drive shows up, you're all set! But if it still doesn't work, don't worry. We have other solutions that may help you get your drive back into action. Remember that keeping your operating system and drivers up-to-date is important for ensuring that your external hard drive and other devices work properly.

Buffalo External Hard Drive Not Recognized Windows 10

#3 Make Use of Disk Management

  • If your drive isn't appearing in the "This PC" window on your Windows 10 computer, fear not! You can still find it in the Disk Management window.
  • Try heading over to the Disk Management window.
  • Don't worry if your drive appears as unallocated space. It's easy to fix.
  • Here's what you need to do:
  • Right-click on the unallocated space.
  • Click on the "New Simple Volume" option, then hit "Next."
  • Choose the file system, allocated unit size, and volume label that best fits your preferences in the given fields.
  • Click "Next," and voila!

Check to see if the drive is now showing up.

Your Drive Appears As Unallocated Space

#4 Turn Off Security Software

  • Are you having trouble connecting your Buffalo external hard drive to your Windows 10 computer again?
  • One potential cause could be the security software installed on your computer.
  • To fix this, try disabling it temporarily. Here's how:
  • Look for the security software icon in your computer's taskbar.
  • Right-click on the icon and select the "Disable" option.
  • If prompted, set the time limit for how long you'd like the software to be disabled and click "OK."

Now that your security software is disabled connect your hard drive. If the issue persists, try the next method of troubleshooting.

Security Software Is Disabled Connect Your Hard Drive

#5 Disable the USB Selective Suspend Setting

  • Usually, the "USB selective suspend setting" option will power down the USB device connected to your computer.
  • Here's a simple guide on how to disable the "USB selective suspend setting" option on your Windows 10 computer.
  • Start by typing "power plan" in the search box on your computer.
  • Click on "Choose a power plan from the list of suggestions."
  • Select the existing plan from the list.
  • Now, click on "Change Plan Settings," then "Change Advanced Power Settings," followed by "USB Settings," "USB Selective Suspend Settings," and finally, "Plugged in."
  • From the drop-down menu, select "Disable" and hit "Apply" and "OK" to save the changes.

And that's it! Your USB device should now stay powered on while connected to your computer. No more interruptions!

Disable the USB Selective Suspend Setting

#6 Disconnect the Peripheral Device

  • Sometimes a peripheral device other than the Buffalo drive connected to your computer may also influence the connection between both devices (drive and computer).
  • So, try unplugging any peripheral devices that you have connected to your computer, such as printers or cameras.
  • Once those devices are disconnected, reconnect your Buffalo drive and see if it is detected by your computer.
  • If your drive is now being recognized, the problem has been resolved!
Disconnect the Peripheral Device

Is your Buffalo external hard drive now recognized on Windows 10? Perfect!

We believe that this guide has helped you troubleshoot Buffalo External Hard Drive Not Showing Up Windows 10 computer. Remember to back up your important files to avoid data loss regularly. If you continue to experience issues, contact us for real-time assistance in fixing them. Thank you for visiting our website.

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