I have a 1TB samsung M3 external hard drive that I use for backups of my laptop (which usually stays on my desk). However for the last 2 weeks I have been traveling, still using my laptop, but my hard drive has been not been connected for over 2 weeks. I come back, plug it in and it doesn't work. It lights up and spins, makes the "USB connected noise", then turns off (no disconnect noise) and it does not show up anywhere (including disk manager, although it does show up in device manager under "Other Devices"). However when I disconnect it it does make the "USB device disconnected" noise. I tried the drive on other computers and it works fine, I have also tried other USB storage devices on my laptop and they do not work (however peripherals such as mouse, keyboard etc... still work fine). I have been trying for a couple of days now to fix it (so I've done pretty much everything on the first 2 pages of google results...) but nothing has worked.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix it (short of doing a complete re-install, which is what I fear I may have to end up doing). I will be eternally grateful if someone gets this fixed!
OS: Windows 8.1
CPU: Intel core i7-4800MQ
Motherboard: Mobile Intel HM87 Express chipset mainboard
USB ports: 1x USB2.0, 2x USB3.0
Let me know if any other information is needed.
Edited by kjthoward, 19 December 2014 - 10:09 PM.