External Hard Disk Seagate of 4 TB Does Not Appear on Windows, Help

One day, my drive's operation abruptly ceased, and I could not access its contents. So, I tried the Stellar application, which could recover the files quickly. After that, the disk operated normally, but my Windows 8 operating system occasionally failed to identify it.

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Roxanne· Answered on Aug 29, 2023

Before going through the quick solutions for fixing the Seagate external hard disk of 4 TB does not appear on Windows problem, let's talk about the reasons why your computer cannot recognize the Seagate external hard drive:

  • Outdated driver: If your Seagate driver is outdated, the computer cannot detect it.
  • USB connection issue: The simplest reason is that you haven't connected the Seagate external hard drive to your computer properly
  • Hard drive failure: Physical damage, bad sectors, and virus infection on the Seagate external hard drive can lead to detection issues.

After learning why this problem happens, I will introduce three efficient and workable solutions to help fix the problem:

Method 1. Check the Connections

Regarding the external hard drives not showing up in Windows, it's possible that you connected your Seagate portable drive with a broken or loose USB port. Thus, the fastest way to fix it is to check the USB connection or try a new USB port.

Method 2. Check and Fix Corrupted File System and Bad Sector

If the system files are corrupted, or the Seagate external hard drive contains bad sectors, the Disk Management or File Explorer cannot recognize it. In this case, you must use a reliable disk manager like EaseUS Partition Master to cope with this issue.

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Step 1. Right-click the target drive that has a problem to click "Advanced" > "Check File System."

Step 2. Tick the "Try to fix errors if found" box in the Check File System window.

Step 3. Click "Start" to check the external hard drive errors.

Method 3. Update the Seagate Driver

Step 1. Press "Windows + R" to open the Run, enter devmgmt.msc, and hit "Enter."

Step 2. In the Device Manager window, click "+ (plus)," and you'll see a yellow exclamation mark. Right-click the mark and select the "update driver software" option.

Step 3. Finally, choose "automatically search for driver software online..."

You can restart your Windows computer to check if it can detect and recognize your Seagate external hard drive. Below is another post where you can learn more information about this issue:

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