Windows 10: Win 7 USB drive not showing in Win 10
Win 7 USB drive not showing in Win 10
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...
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.
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...."?
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.
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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