Toshiba Hard Drive Not Working - Quick Fix

If your Toshiba hard drive is not working, the problem might have happened due to various reasons. Before you start to troubleshoot the Toshiba Hard Drive Not Working issue, you need to check the basics first. Check whether the USB cable and ports are working fine.

You can check their functionality using a different USB cable in a different port. If that’s not the issue, try out the troubleshooting techniques mentioned in this article, and fix the issue in no time.

Check for driver updates

  • On your Windows computer, press the Windows and R keys simultaneously to open the Run command box.
  • In the Run dialog box, type devmgmt.mscand press the OK button.
  • Expand Disk drives, right-click on your Toshiba external hard drive, and choose the Update Driver Software option.
  • If it shows any updates, follow the instructions and update the driver.
Toshiba Hard Drive Not Working

Change the drive letter

  • When the drive letter of your Toshiba hard drive and other existing drives are the same, your Toshiba hard drive may not show up on your computer. In that case, follow the instructions mentioned below and change the drive letter of your Toshiba external hard drive.
  • On your computer, right-click on the This PC icon and choose Manage. When the Computer Management window appears, click on Disk Management in the left pane.
  • Now, right-click on your Toshiba external hard drive and choose the Change Drive Letter and Paths option.
  • Click Add, choose a drive letter from the drop-down menu, and click on the OK button.
  • Now, check whether the Toshiba Hard Drive Not Working issue is resolved. If not, move to the next step.
Partition Toshiba Hard Drive

Partition your hard drive

  • When Windows cannot recognize your hard drive, it may show up as unallocated space. In that instance, you need to create a new partition.
  • To create a new partition on your Toshiba hard drive, go to the Disk Management section, right-click on your hard drive, and choose the Create a new partition option.
  • Create the partition according to your preference and then check whether your hard drive is working.

Initialize Disk

  • When a hard drive is not initialized, Windows might fail to recognize it. In that case, press the Windows and R keys simultaneously to open the Run command dialog box.
  • Typediskmgmt.msc and press OK. Right-click on your Toshiba hard drive and choose the Initialize Disk option.
  • Follow the commands on the screen and complete the initialization process.

Format the hard drive to NTFS

  • When your Toshiba hard drive is formatted with the wrong file system, it may not work just as it has to. 
  • For example, if you were using the Toshiba hard drive on your Mac computer, you might have formatted it with the HFS+ file system. In those instances, Windows may fail to recognize your hard drive, and so, you need to reformat it with the NTFS file system.
  • When you format your hard drive, all your data will be deleted. So, make sure to back up your data before formatting.

Try out all the troubleshooting techniques mentioned above and fix the Toshiba Hard Drive Not Working issue efficiently. If you cannot fix the issue yet, you can reach out to us.

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