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Fix Hard Drive Disappeared in Windows 10 without Losing Data

Updated on Dec 28, 2018 by Tracy King to Storage Media Recovery

Summary

If your hard drive disappeared or failed to show up in Windows 10/8/7, don’t worry. This page will show you how to effectively fix hard drive disappeared error in Windows Explorer/Disk Management without losing any data by the help of provided methods.

Hard drive disappeared after Windows 10 update

"Does anyone know how to make the disappeared hard drive to show up again in Windows 10? My computer received the latest Windows 10 update last night.
And it automatically installed the update. But the problem is that I could not see the second hard drive in File Explorer after the computer restarted. I rebooted the computer but the hard drive still disappeared.
Is there a way that can help me to make the disappeared hard drive show up in Windows 10?
"

When the hard drive disappeared on Windows computer, you'll not be able to visit and access the saved data. And this will result in data loss, storage space shrinking issue and other more problems. So what can you do when the hard drive disappeared on your PC? If you are facing such a problem, relax! Effective methods are available here to help now.

Quick fix hard drive disappeared issue in Windows 10

When hard drive failed to show up on Windows PC, you can try to connect your hard drive with a different USB port to see if it helps or not.

If not, you can also try to connect the hard drive to another computer to check if the issue replicates or not.

If the problem gets solved, you may need to change a new USB cable line or hard drive cable. If the problem still exists, don't worry. Just follow the next offered methods to fix hard drive disappeared in Windows 10 error now.

Fix hard drive disappeared in File Explorer error

When you open File Explorer, and you cannot view the hard drive partition there, you can try the next two methods for help.

Method 1. Run hardware and device troubleshooter to fix hard drive disappeared issue

1. Press "Windows + R" keys.
2. Type "control" and press enter to open control panel.
3. Type "troubleshooting" in the control panel search box and open it.
4. Click "view all" on the left pane.
5. Run the hardware and devices troubleshooter and follow the on-screen instructions.  

Method 2. Export data and format hard drive to make it show up in File Explorer

The other way that you try is to export hard drive data and format to reset the hard drive to make it show up in File Explorer again:

Note: Please download EaseUS data recovery software and install it on your PC in advance and apply it to export saved hard drive data.

Step 1: Selecting

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the drive where you lose your data.
  • Select the very hard drive when you open the file recovery software.
select the hard drive

Step 2: Scanning

  • Click the "Scan" button. The length of the scanning time highly depends on the drive capacity.
  • Wait patiently during this process.
scan the hard drive

Step 3: Recovering

  • After the scan, just choose what you need and click "Recover" button to recover lost data.
  • The "Filter", "Search" and "Extra Files" options are helpful for you to find the desired data from a hard drive.
recover data from hard drive

Step 4. Format 

After this, you can open Disk Management, right-click hard drive which fails to show up in File Explorer and select Format Volume.

Step 5. Reset File System

Reset the file system and rename it to make it show up in File Explorer again.

Fix hard drive disappeared/not showing up in Disk Management

If the hard drive disappeared or failed to show up in Disk Management, the next two steps can easily help you out.

Step 1. Update device drivers in Windows 10

1. Right-click on the Start button and select "Device Manager".

2. Expand one of the categories to find the name of your device, then right-click it, and select "Update Driver". 

3. Select "Search automatically for updated driver software".

If Windows doesn't find a new driver, you can try looking for one on the device manufacturer's website and follow their instructions.
Otherwise, you can try to reinstall the driver by doing like this: 
4. Open Device Manager, right-click the name of the device and select "Uninstall". 
5. Restart your PC and Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver.

Step 2. Change drive letter of disappeared hard drive

1. Press "Windows + R" keys to bring up Run dialog.
2. Type "diskmgmt.msc" and press enter to open disk management.
3. The disappeared hard drive can be detected now, right-click on it and select "change drive letter and paths".
4. Click "change" and assign a different drive letter.
5. Save the changes, restart the computer and check again.