Old HDD Not Showing Up in Windows 10? Here’s How to FIX It

Hard drives have an end of life. Extensive use can reduce the life span of a solid life beyond the expected life span. On average, you can expect a hard drive to last three years before you see a drop in performance.

Many hard drives outperform their three-year life expectancy and the drive may not fail completely but will develop problems over time. If you start to notice problems with hardware configuration, you should maintain its contents before it fails.

Old HDD not appearing in Windows 10

As hard drives age, their problems manifest in many different ways but often a connection failure or OS detection can be at the very beginning. The driver may be spinning up, and you may hear it work, but it may not appear in File Explorer on Windows 10, it may not be listed as a place to install OS, and you may not even be able to access it from the Disk Management tool.

HDD without showing up?  Here is the configuration

If your old HDD does not show up in Windows 10, run through these basic checks, and then try the solutions below.

Basic studies

Hard format not appearing in Windows 10 can be internal or external. This restricts / affects the checks you run but does nothing possible for the drive.

  • Change the connecting cable (for external drive).
  • Try to connect to a a different port (external driver).
  • Try connecting the drive to a different system (internal and external drivers).
  • Open the run box with the Win + R key and enter diskmgmt.msc. Take a look at whether the a driver is listed.
  • Open Prompt Command with administrative rights and run these two commandments, one-on-one; Diskpart and then list disk. Take a look at what yours has disk is listed.
  • Access to your BIOS and look at whether the a hard copy is listed there.

If the disk does not show up in any of the above cases, your hard drive may not be saved. If it appears or you hear the hardware detection sound when you connect it, the problem may still be resolved.

1. Change drive letter and route

This configuration can be applied if the hard drive appears in Disk Management.

  1. Tap on the Keyboard Win + R. shortcut to open the run box.
  2. In the run box, apply diskmgmt.msc and tap on Enter.
  3. Right click on the drive and select Change drive letter and path.
  4. Click Change.
  5. Choose a new letter, and click OK.
  6. Once the drive letter has changed, uninstall and reconnect the driver.

2. Start a disk

This solution is relevant if you have an old hard drive installed on your system ie, you have two internal drivers on your system, or you have an SSD and you have installed an HDD included with (photo via Microsoft).

  1. Use the Keyboard shortcut Win + R. to open the run box.
  2. In the run box, apply diskmgmt.msc and tap on the Enter key.
  3. Right-click on the hard drive (not the storage location bar but the drive name).
  4. From the context table, select Initialize Disk (this will not cause data loss).
  5. Complete the process and open File Explorer until the the contents of the disc.

3. Fix unsatisfied space

It is possible that the driver was not formatted and books were not created on it. It’s just an unsatisfied place. You need to set up the drive.

Files will not be in a driver that is an unsatisfactory place so you don’t have to worry about losing data that never existed.

  1. Use the Keyboard shortcut Win + R. to open the run box.
  2. In the run box, apply diskmgmt.msc, and tap on Enter.
  3. Right-click on the storage bar of the disk and select Create a simple volume.
  4. Choose a name, size, drive letter etc., and allow Windows 10 to create the volume.
  5. The a driver will appear in File Explorer.

4. Update disk drivers

This solution works if your hard drive appears in Device Manager and is an external driver. You can try the same configuration for an internal driver but it may not be effective.

  1. Open Device manager.
  2. Expand discs.
  3. Right click on the disk and select Update drivers.
  4. Choose ‘Automatically search for drivers’ and update any available drivers.
  5. Disconnect and reconnect drive again.


The only ongoing problem with technology is that it is getting older. Hard drive fails at some point and if you do not watch out for the signs, you may lose data. If you have old HDDs, it is a good idea to check them frequently for data failure and backup.

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