Almost all types of external hard drives, including Seagate, make some kind of noise while they turn on or when they are reading/writing data. Once the drive successfully completes the initiated or requested operation, the sound stops. So, if you’re hearing a beeping sound from your EHD, please don’t panic. However, if the Seagate External hard drive beeping and not recognized by your computer for too long, then it indicates a problem.
Causes Of Seagate External Drive Beeping And Not Showing Up
Normally, when an external hard drive doesn’t get sufficient power to function properly, it will start making a beeping sound. The Seagate external hard drive also beeps and fails to get recognized, if:
- The drive parts contain dust particles.
- You are using a damaged or wrong USB port or cable.
- There is a presence of bad sectors on the drive, etc.
Solutions For Seagate External Drive Beeping And Not Showing Up
Perform the following troubleshooting methods one by one. After performing each method, check if the beeping sound and drive not recognized problem are fixed. Try the next one if the Seagate external hard drive is beeping and not recognized again.
*Important Note: Before performing the troubleshooting solutions given below, back up the data stored in the drive if possible because you might lose data while performing these methods.
Using a recommended power capacity
- As the first step of troubleshooting the beeping problem, check whether the drive is connected to the recommended power source.
- If not, turn off and unplug the drive from the connected power source and connect it to the recommended one. (The power requirement of the drive may vary based on its age).
Using the USB Y-cable
- Secondly, use the USB Y-cable to fix this problem.
- This cable ensures that your drive receives maximum or enough power to function.
- Now, connect one of the ends of the USB Y-cable to your computer and the other end to the drive.
Continue reading the below methods to solve Seagate external hard drive beeping and not recognized.
Cleaning The Drive
- Thirdly, check if the drive parts contain any dust particles. If yes, clean it.
- To do so, unplug the drive from your computer.
- Disconnect the cables from the drive.
- Now, place the drive on a clean surface or table.
- Get a canned air or compressed air duster and use it to clean the drive.
- After cleaning the drive, reconnect the cables to it.
- Connect the Seagate drive to your computer and turn it on.
- Check if the drive problem is fixed.
- If the Seagate external hard drive is beeping and not recognized by your computer again, perform the next method given below.
Use Another Usb Port Or Cable
- Check to ensure that you're not using a damaged or incompatible USB cable for the setup.
- Connect the drive directly to your computer’s USB port if you’re using a USB hub.
- Plug the drive into the different USB ports on your computer.
- Replace the cable if necessary.
Contact us if the Seagate external hard drive is beeping and not recognized even after performing the above solutions.