1. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 2
    Widnows 10
       4 Weeks Ago #1

    Win 7 USB drive not showing in Win 10


    Hi.

    I have just handed back my work laptop (Win7) and cannot read the USB drive on my home laptop (Win10).

    I have tried Device Manager and Disk Management approaches. The latter states that my drive has not been initialised. (Which cannot be correct, as I have written to it and have loads of data on it).

    The option to add a drive letter does not present.

    Also, oddly, it shows in the task bar (Eject Iomega Select HDD).

    Anyone had this issue and have a fix, please? I cannot risk losing my data by initialising the drive...

    Cheers!

    ROLFEED
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  2. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 203
    Windows 10 Home
       4 Weeks Ago #2

    I had a similar problem with a portable hard drive, Windows wanted to initialize it. I make a live Linux USB flash drive and copied all my files to another drive. I then initialized the problem drive and copied back my files. I have not had a problem since.
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  3. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 2
    Widnows 10
       4 Weeks Ago #3

    Thanks, TrustMe, but how did you copy the data across from the problem drive? I cannot see/access the data. Just an uninitialised rive in Disk Management: An error-free drive in Device Manager: And a USB drive to eject in the task bar. Also, what do you mean by "... make a live Linux USB...."?

    Cheers!

    ROLFEE


    TrustMe said: View Post
    I had a similar problem with a portable hard drive, Windows wanted to initialize it. I make a live Linux USB flash drive and copied all my files to another drive. I then initialized the problem drive and copied back my files. I have not had a problem since.
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  4. Joined : Jun 2016
    Los Angeles
    Posts : 384
    Windows 10 Pro
       4 Weeks Ago #4

    Linux doesn't recognize Windows Formatting, so if the drive is visible, Linux should be able to see it.
    If not, try the Free TestDisk program. I have had the best luck with GetDataBack. You will need another drive of the same size or larger to restore the files to.
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  5. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 203
    Windows 10 Home
       4 Weeks Ago #5

    Sorry for the late reply. Live Linux is a operating system that is running off a USB flash drive or DVD. Nothing is written to your hard drive, when you shutdown, no trace of it is left.

    I like Linux Mint because it's very similar to Windows 7, you will have no trouble using it.

    If your computer has a BIOS, you can use this program to make your Live Linux USB flash drive.
    Universal USB Installer - Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux

    If your computer has UEFI, here is a guide to make the flash drive.
    How To Create A UEFI Bootable Linux Mint USB Drive

    Boot from the live Linux flash drive and backup your files to a different flash drive or portable hard drive.
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