Unable to access files in USB hard disk drive [Solved/Closed]

Ask a question LGA - Last answered on Oct 10, 2017 at 05:06 PM by boy_baboy
I am unable to access files in my USB HDD after a few minutes of operating it. If I try playing a movie, it will run smoothly for around 5 min max and then gets stuck. If I close that and try to access files anywhere in the drive, nothing will be there. Sometimes I can view the folders but not files within it. An error message "Delayed Write Failed" appears near the system tray (where the date is displayed).
I have used this device on several computers. I think it got infected by some virus or so.
Can anyone suggest a remedy for this.
plus moins
I do a lot of personal work on my computer at work, searching the internet and downloading stuff.
I've had problems with USB flashdrives from time to time not showing up as a storage drive in My Computer, while if you go to:
Control Panel / System / Hardware / Device Manager / USB Controllers
the device is listed as present and working.

When that's the situation, it sometimes works to disable the device, unplug the USB drive from the computer, and then plug it back in. (You might have to go back to USB Controllers and re-enable the device.)

Anyway, I just had a problem with a hard drive plugged into a Vantec Hard Drive Docking station that was plugged into a USB port. Again, the hard drive was present in Device Manager under Disk Drives, and USB mass storage controller.

I was able to enable this hard drive by re-assigning a new Drive Letter to the drive:

Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Computer Management / Storage / Disk Management

If the drive appears in the list select, click to highlight the appropriate drive.
From the Menu Bar select: Action

A drop down list opens and select: All Tasks
Change Drive Letter and Paths

In the box, select a new letter to assign to the drive, and then click OK, and exit.
Tango- Oct 23, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Hi I did all what you said but my seagate external drive is not showing up in computer management. what now???
Rob- Nov 21, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Hi Robert, does disabling delete the files? Please advice.
Dave- Mar 30, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Worked for me.Before I O k it. There appear a message : May not work on some programs
Do I need to buy recovery software to fix my registry problems during boot up??
Filmchick- May 3, 2013 at 12:19 AM
My problem was very similar to the original poster and your solution worked perfectly. Thanks so much!
boy_baboy- Oct 10, 2017 at 05:06 PM
thanks! it worked sir rob!
plus moins
you need to right click on my computer and go to drive management and manually assign a drive letter to the drive
wsmm- Dec 21, 2008 at 08:56 PM
I also have the same problem, however the drive does not show up in my computer or windows explorer. It does show up in device manager as a usb mass storage device.

kj- Jan 14, 2009 at 02:51 PM
nothig shows up tho wat should ii do {OMG}
mario wsmm - Jan 15, 2009 at 10:05 AM
thanks man, it worked !
plus moins
hi robert...

i do the step that you guide.. but...
the device(my external) is not listed after C: drive
it is only C: drive..

and below the frame...
it shows that got another partition it shows which know as :Disk 1, Unknown, my external size and Not initialized:
even the window already did for me.. but he result is nothing...

i did try the action step... but All Task only show the disable New Partition and properties...

Help me..
plus moins
I had the same problem as a usb disk stick etc would not show up in MY COMPUTER but would be in disk manger assigned with a drive letter and all. If I rebooted with it pluged in it would show up okay. After much troubleshooting and checking drivers etc I CORRECTED THE PROBLE. I went into services and found the term WINDOWS MANAGEMENT was disabled. I put it in auto and turned it on and finaly got rid of the problem.
plus moins
thanks it work :D
kewl :D

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