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External USB3 Hard Drive not Recognized by Windows

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September 5th, 2015

Super-simple fix here. I hooked up an external USB3 hard drive to my box, but although it was powered up, it did not show up in Windows. Missing drivers? Broken drive? Perhaps my Google-Fu was weak that day but I promised myself I would write a blog post once I had solved it. And it was extremely trivial: Turns out the USB3 controller was disabled in the mainboard (ASUS P8P67) BIOS. After enabling it, everything worked like a charm! And yes, it's weird how these low-level settings somehow manage to stay relevant even to this day. ;)

The Samsung hard drive that eventually turned out to work just fine.
The Samsung hard drive that eventually turned out to work just fine.

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