Are you experiencing the external hard drive not powering up issue? Start to be aware then. It's time to find solutions here to fix this problem of the external hard drive not turning on or powering up normally, and try to rescue data as much as possible with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Change Power Cable Check the power cable on your computer. Ensure that the external hard drive or internal hard drive is...Full steps
Fix 2. Update HDD Drivers In Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7, download EaseUS DriverHandy and update HDD drives...Full steps
Fix 3. Enable in BIOS Keep your hard drive or the external hard drive connected to your PC, and restart your computer...Full steps
Fix 4. Send for Repair We suggest you take the hard drive to a local disk repair center for a physical diagnostic...Full steps

Warning: external hard drive not powering up!

When the hard drive won't power up, the computer won't turn on. In this case, people tend to face various unpleasant situations. For example:

  • Data loss
  • Overheating hard drive
  • Hard drive not spinning, light blinking
  • Critical system failure

4 methods to fix external hard drive won't power up

In this part, you're going to check, determine, and choose workarounds that work the best for your own case. Now you need to take action to manually check hard drive symptoms and do some manual fix. 

Method 1. Change power cable

Step 1: Check the power cable on your computer. Ensure that the external hard drive or internal hard drive is plugged in stiffly on your PC.

Step 2: If not, switch the cable or remove the hard drive to another PC to see if it powers up or not. 

Step 3: If the hard drive or external hard drive powers up and shows up on your PC or the new computer, you'll need to change a new hard drive cable on your computer. 

Method 2. Update hard drive drivers

You can first update the hard drive drivers with the professional tool. EaseUS DriverHandy can easily scan, update, and fix the hard drive drives on your computer. It simplifies the process of checking outdated drivers. Download it and you can fix the problem quickly and easily.

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Step 1. Open EaseUS DriverHandy.

Step 2. Click "Scan" to let the tool automatically scan for outdated drivers.

scan outdated drivers

Step 3. Select the hard drive drivers and click "Update."

update hard drive drivers

Then check out whether your external hard drive or internal hard drive spins up or not. If not, just follow to fix hard drive fails to spin up error without losing any data by referring to the second part.

Method 3: Enable hard drive/external hard drive in BIOS

Step 1. Keep your hard drive or the external hard drive connected to your PC, and restart your computer.

Step 2. Hold and long-press F2 to enter BIOS.

Step 3. Enter Setup and check the system documentation to see if the hard drive is Off or not. If it is Off, turn it ON in System Setup.

Step 4. Reboot PC to see if your hard drive powers up and comes back now.

Usually, after doing this, your hard drive should be able to boot up and show up on your PC again.

Method 4. Send it to repair

We suggest you take the hard drive to a local disk repair center for a physical diagnostic. Some hardware maintenance center provides manual data recovery service.

How to access data from not powering hard drive

If the hard drive keeps disconnecting or disappearing on your computer, something must go wrong with it. If you are under this issue, to keep your precious data safely, we'd like to recommend you clone failing/failed hard drive to the new disk or external storage device.

If you cannot access or find no tracks of your hard drive data on your PC, don’t worry. Powerful EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can easily help you find your lost data within three simple steps. You can apply EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to find your lost hard drive data with ease:

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard in Windows 11/10/8/7 and choose the place where you lost data. Then, click "Scan".

select a location to scan

Step 2. After the scan, use the file format filter on the left or upper right corner to find the files you need. Then, you can click the "Preview" button or double-click a file to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Click the checkbox next to the file and click "Recover" to get back the lost data to a secure place.

Recover lost data

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Updated by Cici

Cici has accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS. Now she has a detailed understanding of common computer issues, as well as computer backups and disk formatting management solutions.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 9 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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