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WD Hard Drive Was Not Unrecognized

The below section will help you in deciding what to do if your WD Hard drive is unrecognized on your Windows computer.

Generally, when you connect an external device like a hard drive to your Windows computer, a pop-up notification will appear on the taskbar. By clicking on the notification icon, you can access the drive and perform the further operation. In case the connected hard drive is not detected by your computer, then it indicates an issue. Now, let’s see what to do if the WD Hard drive is not unrecognized on your Windows computer..

Basic solutions

  • Check the physical connection between the WD hard drive and your computer.
  • Make sure that the cable is connected securely.
  • Check whether the cable is damaged. If yes, replace it with a new one.
  • Make sure that your Windows OS version is compatible with the connected WD drive.
  • Unplug and reconnect the cable to your computer.
  • Try connecting the USB cable to the different ports on your computer.
WD Hard Drive Is Unrecognized

Advanced Solutions

Solution 1: Using Disk Management

  • Even if the newly connected drive is not displayed under the My disc section, it will be listed in the Unallocated section in Disk Management. Open the Disk Management window and initialize your drive to resolve this issue.
  • Open the Disk Management window.
  • Locate your WD drive and right-click on it.
  • Select the Initialize Disk option.
  • Choose the partition of your desire.
  • Now, right-click on your drive again and click the Create New Simple Volume option.
  • Create the new volume of your desire by following the on-screen instructions.
  • After creating the volume, check if the WD hard drive is recognized. If not, perform the next method.

Solution 2: Change Drive Letter

  • In the Disk Management window, select your WD drive that is not recognized and right-click on it.
  • Click Change Drive Letter and Path followed by the Add button.
  • Enter the drive letter of your desire and click Change.

Solution 3: Update WD Hard Disk Drive

  • Open the Device Manager window.
  • Select and right-click on your drive.
  • Choose the Properties option.
  • Go to the Driver tab.
  • Click the Update Driver option.
  • Update your WD drive by following the on-screen instructions.

Check if still the WD hard drive is unrecognized. If yes, contact our technical experts to resolve it.