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So i just got an external hard drive and i plugged it in, hard drive is getting power but nothing is being recognized. I am wondering do you need to download drivers for it? or is there something you need to enable to get it to work? or is my 3.0 not working on my motherboard.
 
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post #2 of 9
usb 3.0 drivers probably

or yeah, your ports are not working . ?
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Yes your going to have to install drivers first , also you can test the drive on a usb2 port to make sure it´s working as they are backwards compatible.
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post #4 of 9
For starters try connecting to a USB2 port, you might need a USB2 cable.
Check in BIOS or Device Manager if your USB3 controller is enabled and that you have drivers installed.
It could be some compatibility issue between the third party controller on your MB (not Intel) and the HDD Enclosure. I have a HDD enclosure that keeps connecting and disconnecting every second with my NEC controller.
Latest drivers/firmware for your controller might help.
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For starters try connecting to a USB2 port, you might need a USB2 cable.
You don´t need a cable , USB3 cable is backwards compatible.
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Yea but i mean ive plugged other components in the 3.0 slot before like a usb stick that wasn't picking up. So let get the drivers and check it out. Are they specifically named 3.0 drivers?
 
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Yea but i mean ive plugged other components in the 3.0 slot before like a usb stick that wasn't picking up. So let get the drivers and check it out. Are they specifically named 3.0 drivers?

That may explain your problem then. My USB 3.0 ports don't work until the drivers are installed. Check in you Device Manager if there is a yellow warning icon.

Just download the ones from the Asus site for your motherboard. There are different USB 3 controller manufacturers and they are specific to each one.
    
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Yup the drivers did it, thanks all just thought it would of been auto enabled and ready to go like all the usb 2.0s.
 
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Yup the drivers did it, thanks all just thought it would of been auto enabled and ready to go like all the usb 2.0s.

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