External Hard Drive Not Recognized?- Here’s Your Solution

I recently bought a new PC with Windows 8 installed. I had an external hard drive that I used as a backup drive for all of my documents, pictures, videos and music. The drive I was using was a Maxtor One Touch III which worked quite well for several years on my Windows XP based system. When I tried to hook it up to my new Windows 8 PC it was not recognized.

I did some research and tried to see if Maxtor had drivers for Windows 8, which they did not. I did some more reading and apparently the last driver update they did was for Windows Vista, so anyone with a Windows OS after Vista was SOL. My first impulse was to run out and buy a new external drive, but I decided to dig into the problem a little more.

I disassembled my One Touch III and inside was a simple 2.5 IDE hard drive. I hooked it up to my Windows 8 PC with an IDE to USB 2.0 adaptor I had and plugged it in to see what would happen. Viola! It worked. This made me realize that the enclosure the drive was in was the problem and not the hard drive.

I then set out to find me a nice 2.5 inch IDE Hard Drive Enclosure on Amazon. I found one for $11.99. It arrived in 2 days and I installed the drive in about 3 minutes. I plugged it in and I now have my backup drive up and running on my Windows 8 PC.

I thought if I had this problem there had to be others who had the same problem. If you have an external hard drive that was working on your Windows XP or Vista, but is not recognized by your Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC then I would give serious consideration to trying this before giving up on your old hard drive. Amazon has a generous return policy so if it does not work, I’ll bet you can return the enclosure and get your money back.

Please leave me a comment if you give this a try and it works for you. I would love to hear if this helps, and I’m sure others would too.

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