File Explorer, formerly Windows Explorer, is a Windows OS file manager application that has been in existence since Windows 95. You can easily check the contents of an external hard drive the Windows File Explorer. But you can only view the files if you can access the hard drive on your PC.
In this article, you’ll learn how to check files in an external hard drive using File Explorer.
Is the Hard drive not visible in File Explorer? Check Outbyte.com blog to find a useful step by step guide on how to solve it.
Is the Hard Drive Showing Up in File Explorer?
To view the contents of the hard drive, you should open the File Explorer. To see this, you have to connect your external hard drive to your PC. This will convert the external hard drive to become part of the internal drives. Connecting the hard drive to the computer depends on the hard drive you have.
Here is the standard procedure, though:
Connect your Hard Drive’s SATA-to-USB adapter’s power cable to the power connector (L-shaped).
Note: There are two L-Shaped side-by-side connectors on SATA drives. The connector is the larger one. The small one is the SATA data port.
- Connect the external drive adapter’s SATA connector to the PC’s internal hard drive SATA data port.
- Ensure that the hard drive is positioned close to your computer and on a level surface.
- Once the drive is powered on, do not move it.
- Plug the adapter’s power cable and check if there is power.
Now, insert the adapter’s USB cable into the computer’s USB port.
Windows should automatically recognize the hard drive, and you can open it in File Explorer.
If the hard drive is connected to your PC, it should appear in the File Explorer. If it doesn’t appear, there could be a problem. Several factors may cause the external hard drive not to show up in File Explorer, such as:
● Connection issues (such as USB port not working)
● Unallocated disk space
● USB driver issues
● Device status not initialized
Check if you can find the hard drive in the Disk Management tool.
- Plug the hard drive to your computer’s USB port (check if you can see the disk now).
- If you don’t see the disk, right-click on the Windows menu.
- Choose Disk Management.
In Disk Management, you should see a list of disks connected to the computer, including the hard drive.
If you still cannot see it on Disk Management, try connecting it to a different USB port or a different computer and follow the same process just to be sure.
Can You Open the Hard Drive in File Explorer?
If the Hard Drive is visible in File Explorer, your next step is to open it to check the files. To open File Explorer:
- Press the Windows key + E to open Windows Explorer.
- Click This PC to see the list of disks connected to the computer.
- Double-click the hard drive’s letter to view the drive’s contents.
If you want to view files within the folders in the drive, double-click the folder.
Once you are done viewing the files of the external hard drive in File Explorer, right-click the drive letter and select “Eject” to remove the drive.
If the Hard Drive cannot show up totally, you must use a quality PC repair tool to optimize your PC and solve the errors. Most PC repair tools will scan your PC for broken files and errors that cause PC problems. It will also delete junk files and repair your PC.
We believe you’ve learned how to check files on the external hard drive in File Explorer. If your PC is at optimal functional condition, the process is easy. If your PC has issues, it needs maintenance. You can use an automatic PC repair tool to clean your PC and make it function optimally.
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