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Is your Wd external hard drive not recognized Windows 7? There might be a faulty connection or issues with the USB driver settings. To fix this problem, follow the quick steps given below.

Wd External Hard Drive Not Recognized Windows 7

Solution 1: Check the USB controllers in the Device Manager.

  • On your Windows 7 computer, click the Start menu and type ‘devmgmt.msc’ in the search panel. Hit Enter to open the Device Manager.
  • Alternatively, press Windows + X to open the Quick Access menu and select Device Manager to open it.
  • Navigate to the left-side panel and expand Universal Serial Bus controllers.
  • Right-click the USB Root Hub and select the Properties option from the pop-up menu.
  • Head to the Power Management tab and deselect the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power checkbox.
  • Reboot your computer and reconnect your WD external hard drive to your computer.
  • Check if the hard drive has been recognized.
  • If the problem persists, move on to the next solution.

Solution 2: Run your Windows in Safe mode to make the hard drive recognizable

  • On your Windows computer, press the Alt + F4 shortcut keys and select Restart to reboot your computer.
  • Connect the external hard drive to your computer using a standard USB cable.
  • Press the F8 key repeatedly when your computer restarts.
  • Select the Safe Mode option from the Windows Advanced Options menu and press the Enter key.
  • Your computer will now shut down and restart automatically to run in Safe Mode.
  • Check if your WD external hard drive has been recognized.

Solution 3: Change the external hard drive letter

  • After ensuring that you have connected the WD external hard drive to your computer, right-click the This PC or My Computer icon on the desktop.
  • Select the Manage option and click on Disk Management.
  • Locate your external hard drive and right-click on it.
  • Select the Change Drive Letter and Path option and assign a new drive letter that doesn’t exist on your computer.
  • Mark the partition as Active and click OK.
  • Restart your computer, and your WD external hard drive will be recognized and the issue Wd external hard drive not recognized Windows 7 is fixed.