Seagate External Hard Drive or Files Not Showing Up? Fixed!
Seagate external hard drive or files not showing up? You can easily fix this issue and get your files back as long as you know the possible reasons. Here are 9 effective methods.
- Why can’t see my files on my Seagate external hard drive?
- How to fix Seagate external hard drive files not showing up issue
- How to fix Seagate external hard drive not showing up
- Bonus tips to prevent data loss on external hard drive
Occasionally, when you plug in a Seagate external hard drive and try to access it, but find your files are not showing up. Worse yet, the Seagate external hard drive is not showing up. You will then want to know:
- The reasons behind files not showing in external hard drive.
- How to fix Seagate external hard drive or files not showing up
- How to prevent Seagate external hard drive
In fact, all of them are included in this article. You can get them now below.
Why can’t see my files on my Seagate external hard drive?
Varieties of reasons can cause the Seagate external hard drive files not showing up issue. Also, you may encounter files disappeared from external hard drive, such as Samsung, Western Digital, SanDisk, etc. We collect some common reasons below.
- You accidentally format the disk.
- The files are hidden if your disk is still taking up space.
- The file system is corrupted or becomes RAW.
- The “CheckedValue” registry key is infected by a virus.
IMPORTANT: If the Seagate external hard drive not showing up, you’d better not write new data to it. Any new data will overwrite the files not showing up in your external disk, especially if you are sure the files are not hidden.
How to fix Seagate external hard drive files not showing up issue
Don’t worry, we will show you several methods to fix the Seagate external hard drive disappeared issue. You can start with the first method to show hidden files if you are not sure whether your files are hidden or not.
Solution 1. Show hidden files
Please refer to the following steps to unhide hidden files using Windows File Explorer. If you’re proficient in PCs, you can also use the attrib command to recover hidden files from USB drives.
Step 1. Connect the Seagate external hard drive to your PC. Then open Windows File Explorer by pressing the “Win + E” keys.
Step 2. Click your connected Seagate external hard drive. Then click “View” > “Options”.
Step 3. Under the View tab, select the “Show hidden files, folder, and drives” option. Please remember to click “Apply” > “OK”.
Solution 2. Check and fix file system errors
Sometimes, the corrupted/damaged file system could lead you can’t see files on Seagate external hard drive. In this scenario, if the Seagate external hard drive files not showing up, these steps can help you check and fix your Seagate external hard drive’s file system error.
Step 1. Connect your Seagate external hard drive to the computer. Go to “This PC” > right-click on this connected drive > “Properties.”
Step 2. Click “Tools” > “Check” to begin the error-checking process.
Step 3. Check“Scan drive” to fix the error that you can’t see files on Seagate external hard drive.
Solution 3. Reset registry value
If the virus infection has discouraged you from changing the file attribute, you can reset the registry value to fix the Seagate external hard drive files disappeared.
Step 1. Press “Win + R” and type “Regedit” in the Run command window. Then hit “Enter” or press “OK” to open it. Go to this path:
Step 2. Double-click the “CheckedValue” registry key and change its value to “1”.
Solution 4. Recover deleted or lost files from Seagate external hard drive
If you still can’t see files on Seagate external hard drive, they are likely to be deleted or lost due to unknown reasons. In this case, the best way is to use data recovery software like MyRecover.
It supports two advanced scanning methods - Quick Scan and Deep Scan that is able to find all the deleted or lost files on Seagate external disk or other disk brands, such as Western Digital, SanDisk, etc.
- 200+ file types: You can use it to recover Word documents, Excel, PPT, pictures, videos, etc.
- Humanized: The recovered files retains their original name, format, quality, and path, so you can easily find and identify them.
- Selective file recovery: It allows you to recover files from a specific folder by typing file name or use its Filter feature.
- All-inclusive: It is able to deal with various data loss scenarios, such as accidental deletion, disk format, system crashes, virus attacks, etc.
- Multi-system compatibility: It supports Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, etc and Windows Server.
Now download Windows data recovery software and install it on your computer. Then follow the steps below to solve your issue of Seagate external hard drive files disappeared.
Step 1. Connect the Seagate external hard drive to the computer and launch the software. Then select your Seagate external hard drive and click the “Start Scan” button.
Step 2. Search or wait for final scanning result and view all the deleted and other missing files of your selected Seagate external hard drive.
- You can filter files through file type (eg: documents), date modified, size and path in the Filter features.
- You can click the Stop or Pause button if you select the wrong disk or something goes wrong.
Step 3. Go to the Other missing files tab and select all the deleted or missing files on Seagate external hard drive. Then, click “Recover x files” and save these restored files in a new location. Saving files in the original location may cause data corruption or further data loss.
- MyRecover displays the number of files to be recovered and their full size. You can use this to determine if you have selected all the disappeared files in Seagate external hard drive.
- You are able to recover files disappeared on Seagate external hard drive for free, up to 30MB each time. To recover unlimited files, try advanced editions.
- You still can use it to recover photos from Seagate external hard drive, recover data from WD external hard drive, fix Seagate External Hard Drive Showing As RAW, etc.
How to fix Seagate external hard drive not showing up
Some users also report that the Seagate external hard drive is not showing up. This may be caused by loose or faulty USB port and cable, corrupted disk, unsupported file system, outdated drivers, virus attack, etc. Anyway, we collect some useful methods to fix this issue below.
Solution 1. Try simple troubleshooting
Here are some basic troubleshooting you can try before other advanced methods.
- Connect to a different USB port and check if you are able to access your Seagate external hard drive.
- Replace the USB cable with a new one.
- Verify the desktop drive light is on. Usually, it requires a power adapter. If the light is not on, it indicates the power adapter is not connected to power.
- Show hidden devices in Device Manager. Similar to Seagate external hard drive files not showing up, your device may be hidden.
- Try using Seagate external hard drive on another machine.
- Plug the power adapter directly into the wall outlet if you are using a surge protector or power strip on a desktop drive.
Solution 2. Assign drive letter to make it recognized
It’s impossible to view the unlettered drive with Windows File Explorer. If you want to make it visible, please assign a new drive letter.
Step 1. Connect your external hard drive to the computer. Press “Win + R” and type “diskmgmt.msc” in the Run command window. Then hit “Enter” to open the Disk Management.
Step 2. Right-click on your external hard drive, then click “Change Drive Letter and Paths” > “Change” > “Assign the following drive letter” (The new drive letter is different from all the existing drive letters).
Solution 3. Update or reinstall hardware drivers
If you don’t update disk drivers for a long time or suspect it’s damaged, please update or reinstall them in Device Manager.
Step 1. Connect your Seagate external hard drive and be sure it’s recognized. Press “Win + R” and type “devmgmt.msc” in the Run command window. Then hit “Enter” to open the Device Manager.
Step 2. Expand “Disk drivers”, right-click the Seagate external hard drive and click “Update driver”.
Step 3. Click “Search automatically for drivers”. It will automatically search available drivers and install them on your device. If you still have problems seeing this drive, click "Uninstall device" in the previous step and restart your computer.
Solution 4. Remove Virus with Windows Defender
Sometimes your Seagate external hard drive is infected by virus and becomes invisible. You can use Windows defender to scan and remove the virus.
Step 1. Go to “Windows Settings” > ”Update & Security” > ”Windows Security” and select “Virus & threat protection”.
Step 2. Click the “Scan options” under Current threats.
Step 3. Check “Full scan” and click “Scan now” to scan viruses currently on your disk and remove them.
Solution 5: Format your Seagate external hard drive
The last resort is to format your Seagate external hard drive and make it reusable. Remember to use an compatible file system. In Windows PC, the most common used file systems are NTFS, FAT32/16, exFAT, etc. If there are important data, please recover files from Seagate external hard drive first.
Step 1. Click the “Start” menu and select “Disk Management”. Find out the Seagate external hard drive not showing up in File Explorer.
Step 2. Right-click the disk and select “Format”.
Step 3. In the Format window, select file system- NTFS and click OK. You can also select FAT32, FAT16, exFAT, etc.
Step 4. Click OK again when you see a formatting warning.
For more methods, you can check Seagate external hard drive not working.
Bonus tips to prevent data loss on external hard drive
Backups are the best hedge against data loss. In this case, you can use free backup software for Windows - AOMEI Backupper Standard to make a “File Backup”. If you cannot see files on Seagate external hard drive, you can restore your needed files from this backup. If you need it, “Disk Backup” is also allowed for you.
Step 1. Download, install and launch free backup software for Windows - AOMEI Backupper Standard. Choose “Backup” and “File Backup” subsequently.
Step 2. Type a new task name to distinguish it from other backup tasks. Click “Add File” or “Add Folder” to select files or folders on your Seagate external hard drive.
Step 3. Click the second box and select a local path, share or NAS,or another cloud drive to save another copy of your important files.
Step 4. To backup Seagate external hard drive files automatically, click “Schedule Backup” and enable the “Daily”, “Weekly”, “Monthly”, “Event trigger”, or “USB plug in” options.
Step 5. Confirm all the configured backup settings and click “Start Backup” to backup your files or folder on Seagate external hard drive. It will create a full backup first and then backup only changed files at the scheduled backup time.