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? asked in Computers & InternetHardwareAdd-ons · 1 month ago

My SEAGATE expansion 4TB hard external drive doesn't auto-play anymore when I plug it in?

The hard drive does work, as in I can still open it under My PC in Windows 10. But the drive  doesn't pop up automatically anymore when I plug it in, in other words, it doesn't Autoplay on its own. Do you think it needs formatting?

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  • Lv 7
    1 month ago

    why not check your Autoplay settings in the Control Panel?

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    As long as it works, you should be happy. Be worried when it doesn't anymore.

  • 1 month ago

    No, it does NOT need formatting.  That would wipe everything off the drive.  Do not format it.

    Whether it autoplays is a setting in Windows. 

    Press Windows + r key.  

    Type in Control panel.

    Double click on AutoPlay option icon.

    Check the box, "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices."

    Your drive will start autoplaying again.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No, it is a setting on your pc 

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  • 1 month ago

    Don't format the drive, as that would erase the contents of your drive, there is a setting to return USB External Drives back to default autoplay, I forget where that is though.

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