I originally created this Web site for flash drives, but because some people already submitted the speed test results of external USB disks, I added a group for them too. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question. Bought the friend a new hdd double the size to compensate – was told there was nothing on it anyway. This question already has an answer here: In this page, you can find the speed test results of USB 3.

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Joel, try to connect the HDD to another computer. Again I got a message about a failed HDD driver installation, and now everything is like before.

Update your question when you do. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of We. This question already has an answer here: I heard this could be a platter that has gone bad. I called WD support.

Furthermore, make sure that the cable is in good working order. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Most Helpful Newest Oldest. Add your answer Joel will be eternally grateful. When first connecting the device to my ThinkPad Tsi E37a dialog appeared stating that Windows is attempting to install a driver.

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Try to either use a different cable on your drive, or check the cable by connecting it to a different device. Some Remarks You can click the column headers of the speed tests table in order to sort by the desired field.

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You should follow the advice you have been already been given. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Bought the friend a new hdd double the size to compensate – was told there was nothing on it anyway. In order to keed this speed tests table reliable, I reserve the right to remove speed test entries that looks extremely unreliable. USBDeview make this test by writing a large file into the USB drive, and then reading back the same file to getting the read speed. Windows elemehts does not detect USB mass storage devices anymore 3 answers.

What driver is the HDD attempting to use?

Western Digital Elements External HD doesn’t show connected on PC?

For example, if you want to easily find out the drives with largest write speed, simply click the ‘Write Speed’ link in the column header. Is this a good question? The support technician didn’t know about this particular problem. Go into disk management and check if your drive shows there. This solution worked for me: Properties according to USBDeview:. Also check under disk management to see if your external drive shows there. I had a Toshiba hdd from a friend that wouldn’t even initialize so couldn’t add a drive letter, I ended up very pleasingly pulling it apart and smashing it to bits before throwing it in the trash, very disappointed it didn’t have the massive magnet in it that the old hard drives used to have.


Is there any thing I could do to fix this problem or get the data off of the external hard drive? Because the database is already quite large, the main slements only lists the USB speed tests submitted in the last 60 days. Elements 10B8 [duplicate] Ask Question.

Also make sure that the drive has a drive letter assigned to it.

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Test and publish the speed of your USB flash drive. Data recovery can be expensive and is not easy to do for the DIY’er.

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