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Nitro AN515-45 when I connect the external disk(s) these are not correctly detected by the system

xsolinsxxsolinsx Member Posts: 19 Troubleshooter
edited October 12 in Nitro and Aspire Gaming

Hello,

I have several external disks (both SSD and HDD) with different enclosures which I would like to use to move data between my Desktop and my Laptop.

However, when I connect the disks these are not correctly detected by the system. I can hear the proper sound of an external device being connected to Windows (10), but the drives won't work. The disk management utility doesn't even open.

I have tried all combinations of enclosures and drives and they do not work, but they all work when I connect them to my Desktop, so drives and enclosures are not the issue here.

Additionally, I did try to connect the drives through a live Linux distro, and they are detected correctly, I can access files and everything works as expected.

Even though the problem seems to be Windows with some driver incompatibility or something like that, I have another problem that makes me think there is something wrong also with the PC. One of the disks is an SSD which contains a Debian OS, I have tried to use that SSD as boot drive and it won't work. But if I connect the drive to the internal connector of the PC, it works flawlessly.

Does anybody have any idea about what is wrong with my PC? Is it a sign of some components not working correctly?

Thanks in advance

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  • JackEJackE ACE Posts: 40,017 Trailblazer
    edited September 24

    >>>>One of the disks is an SSD which contains a Debian OS, I have tried to use that SSD as boot drive and it won't work. But if I connect the drive to the internal connector of the PC, it works flawlessly.>>>


    This is normally expected when you try to boot an internal drive from a USB port via an intermediary USB adapter. Usually won't work.

    Do you see any red or yellow warnings when you first open Device Manager?

    Jack E/NJ
  • I would also try to update the chipset driver. It is this driver that controls the hard drives.

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  • xsolinsxxsolinsx Member Posts: 19 Troubleshooter

    Well, the fact is that booting that drive on desktop from that USB adapter just works.

    No red/yellow warnings in device manager, actually the device seems to be recognised even though it keeps connecting and disconnecting and explorer.exe becomes very slow

  • xsolinsxxsolinsx Member Posts: 19 Troubleshooter

    The PC is fully updated, both Windows 10 and all PC drivers are updated using Driver Booster from IOBit

    I have also tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver of the disks but no luck

  • William_mk2William_mk2 Ally Posts: 2,821

    @xsolinsx


    Try windows + x

    go to device manager

    go to usb

    expand usb

    Remove all the entries below the usb


    Restart the computer. Please connect the external hdd and check


    If it is still not working , try to connect usb flash drives or any other external hdd directly to usb ports and check. Try to avoid hdd enclosures and connect the external hdd or usb flash drives directly to the usb port and check whether it shows up in "This PC". Try to use alternative usb ports and check.


    If it is still not working then we have to do a refresh and reset


    click on start - settings - update and security - recovery - reset this pc - get started 


    or 


    on start - type here to search - type reset this pc - click on reset this pc on the top - click on get started 


    It will show you keep my files and remove everything

    chose keep my files 

    chose the account - type the password - click on local reinstall - click on reset 

    It will be in progress.. 

    login to computer and start using the computer. 

    If it is still not working 


    click on start - settings - update and security - recovery - reset this pc - get started 

    chose remove everything 

    click on local reinstall - just remove my files - click on reset

    It will be in progress


    Note:


    If you do refresh ( keep my files ) - all your personal files like pictures, music , documents , videos will still be intact.  Only the applications will be lost


    If you do reset ( remove everything ) - you are doing a factory default.  It will become like a day one computer.  It will wipe out everything and take your computer to day one like a new computer. 



    You can also do the recovery in an alternative way..



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    After reinstalling the windows try to connect the external hdd and check. It should work fine.

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  • xsolinsxxsolinsx Member Posts: 19 Troubleshooter

    Removing USB devices from the device manager did not solve the problem, so I tried to reset the whole operating system but had no luck. Out of curiosity I had also installed Windows 11 (which I did not want) to check if it was something the new OS could solve. Now I'm back with Windows 10.

    Nothing worked so far

  • JackEJackE ACE Posts: 40,017 Trailblazer

    >>>The disk management utility doesn't even open.>>>

    1. Does diskmgmt.msc open with the empty USB-to-HDD/SSD adapter plugged in?
    2. What's the current draw of the drives?


    Jack E/NJ
  • xsolinsxxsolinsx Member Posts: 19 Troubleshooter
    1. yes it does
    2. about 500mAh, they get connected to the USB-A port, should I try to use an adapter and connect them through the USB-C?
  • JackEJackE ACE Posts: 40,017 Trailblazer

    >>>about 500mAh,>>>connect them through the USB-C?

    If you mean 500mA (without h for hour), probably a nominal rating with peaks higher (eg 2.5" HDD spinup). Many SSDs run hotter and peak up to 1500mA. So yeah, the USB-C should handle them OK.

    Jack E/NJ
  • xsolinsxxsolinsx Member Posts: 19 Troubleshooter

    Hello,

    Sorry for the late response but I was out of town and could not test this.

    You are right, it is 500mA.

    I tried connecting the drives through the USB-C port with an adapter but that still doesn't work. Also, the port should not be a problem as drives are correctlly detected using Linux.

  • JackEJackE ACE Posts: 40,017 Trailblazer

    >>>I tried connecting the drives through the USB-C port with an adapter but that still doesn't work. Also, the port should not be a problem as drives are correctlly detected using Linux.>>>


    Do you mean Linux can access the drives through the USB-C port adapter but Windows can't?

    Jack E/NJ
  • xsolinsxxsolinsx Member Posts: 19 Troubleshooter

    No, I mean that Linux can access the drives also through USB-A ports, while Windows cannot.

  • JackEJackE ACE Posts: 40,017 Trailblazer
    edited September 30

    >>>while Windows cannot.>>>

    Windows Disk Manager? DiskPart? Assign a drive letter for FileMgr?

    Jack E/NJ
  • xsolinsxxsolinsx Member Posts: 19 Troubleshooter

    "Sconosciuto" means "Unknown"

    Opening the disk properties I get this:

    "unità disco standard" means "standard disk unit"

    and the drives keeps getting connected and disconnected as I can hear the Windows sound of connection and disconnection. this happens no matter what enclosure I use, while on another PC the drive gets detected correctly

  • The drive is showing as unreadable:


    What options appear when you right-click on UNREADIBLE?

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  • JackEJackE ACE Posts: 40,017 Trailblazer
    edited September 30

    Can you assign drive letters F : and G: to the drives 1 & 2 main primary partitions? What is disk #1?

    Jack E/NJ
  • xsolinsxxsolinsx Member Posts: 19 Troubleshooter

    only "Properties" and "?" which opens edge with online help disk management utility

    disk 0 is the main HDD (only data), disk 1 is the main NVME (win10)

    I cannot assign anything because volumes cannot be read from disk 2 (the external disk)

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  • xsolinsxxsolinsx Member Posts: 19 Troubleshooter

    yes, multiple cables and enclosures, no luck

    however each and every cable/enclosure work fine with Linux

    the only thing that never works is booting up using an external disk, an usb key is fine though

  • JackEJackE ACE Posts: 40,017 Trailblazer

    With all external drives disconnected, press WIN+R. Enter 'diskmgmt.msc'. Please post screenshot of result.

    Jack E/NJ
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