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How to Fix Local/External Hard Drives Not Opening by Double Click

Posted on Jan 19, 2018 by Jean to Partition Manager

Summary:
Your local hard drive or external hard disk are not opening by double click as usual. Read this page carefully, pick up the best solution to fix the hard drive not opening problem without any hassle.

Double clicking on C drive is not opening the drive

"In my computer, if I double click local disk C:, instead of opening it, the 'open with' box opens and asks me to select an application to open the file. That's obviously not appropriate. What's wrong the hard drive? I can't open it nor access the files by double click as usual. Please, can anyone shed some light on this problem?"

>> Click the link and find solutions if you cannot open files/folders by double click on hard drive/memory card/USB flash drive.

One typical way to open an application, file, folder or a device on a computer is double clicking, it's the most convenient and quickest way to get there. What if double clicking loses efficacy someday when trying to open hard drive or open USB drive on Windows 10/8/7? Keep alert, because you need to learn yourself how to solve the problem without doing any damage to it.

How to Fix Hard Drive Not Opening by Double Clicking Problem?

Virus, hardware issues and file system errors are the main causes for hard drive not opening normally. To largely reduce the risk of data loss, we suggest you try the following three solutions each after. By the way, the second and third solutions require you to download EaseUS free partition manager software on your computer in advance. It'll greatly assist the troubleshooting with ease.

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 Windows 10 is supported

Solution 1. Remove autorun.inf virus from the operating system and hard drive

For example, remove the virus from D drive.

Step 1. Press Windows + R, type cmd in the Run box and hit enter. This will bring up a command prompt window.
Step 2. type cd\
Step 3. type attrib -r -h -s autorun.inf
Step 4. type del autorun.inf
Step 5. Now type d: and press enter for d: drive partition. Now repeat steps 3 and 4. Similarly, repeat step 5 for all your hard disk partition.

delete autorun.inf to delete virus from hard drive that's not opening by double click

Solution 2. Check and repair hard drive partition errors

Step 1. Right-click on the hard drive that's not opening by double click and choose Check partition.

choose check partition to fix hard drive not opening by double click

Step 2. On the Check partition window, you got 3 options to go: Check Partition Properties, Call Windows Chkdsk to fix errors & Surface Test. Tick the first two terms. Check partition is for checking file system errors, while Call Windows Chkdsk.exe will fix errors if it found some.

check and repair hard drive errors that cause hard drive not opening by double click

Step 3. Once errors were found, Windows Chkdsk.exe application would pop out immediately and perform 'chkdsk [drive letter:] /f', for example, chkdsk D: /f to repair your hard drive with the opening problem.

Solution 3. Format a corrupted hard drive and put it to use as new

Warning
Formatting will erase all data on the hard drive. Since you can't open the drive at present, let EaseUS hard drive recovery software to help recover data from an inaccessible hard drive for you if you have the demand. With data safely exported, you can feel no hesitated to format the drive with the following guide.

Step 1. Right-click on the hard drive that's not opening by double click and choose Format partition.

choose format partition to format hard drive that's not opening by double click

Step 2. A mini window pops out, on which you can edit the partition label and choose a file system such as FAT/FAT32, NTFS, EXT2/EXT3.

choose a file system to format hard drive that's not opening by double click

Step 3. Click Apply.

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 Windows 10 is supported