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External HDD's no drivers installed

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I wasn't sure if this belong in Hard Drives & Storage or Windows related.

So I seem to have the dreaded Windows 8.1 external drives missing problem. I came home today and every external drive was gone, yet all the other non-storage devices work fine.

What's connected to the machine:

- x4 External USB 2.0/3.0 drives, ranging from 500GB to 750GB. x3 are connected to the back I/O USB ports, and x1 drive is connected via the internal HUB connector.
- WiFi dongle
- USB Keyboard and Mouse
- PS3 Headset dongle, connected to the same HUB as the HDD connected to the internal HUB. The headset works, the drive does not.... same HUB, only one device works...


So far I've tried / done the following with no success:

- Used different cables on all drives.
- Updated chipset drivers as well as all other drives via the manufactures / Intels website.
- All x4 drives light up and spin. They are also recognized in the BIOS.
- Connected each individual drive to a Windows 7 notebook... all of them worked just fine.
- Nothing but SATA devices show up in the Disk Manager.
- All USB power settings are set to not suspend or power down. Has been since I fresh installed 8.1 about 2 months ago.
- It seems to be USB external HDD specific, as all the other USB devices work fine.

What am I missing here? All the drives work perfectly fine, but Windows seems to think there are no drivers present.


Edited by Ahnt - 10/20/14 at 12:00am
    
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I tried the reg hack, and a couple other things I found here and there but nothing worked. Seems they just don't want to work...

So after messing with this for about 4-5 hours, I gave up and wiped the SSD and installed W7 again. I didn't really want to go back to 7 but I kinda need to use my drives tongue.gif

First boot and the drives are working great smile.gif I have no idea why all the sudden they decided to not work, but at least it's working again.
    
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i7 2600 P8P67 Pro GTX 760 2GB 2x4 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB Random HDD's / SSD's Samsung Blu-ray  Stock intel 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
W7 x64 42" Vizio TV. 1080p.  Logitec G15 630w Rosewill 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Generic cheap ass case Dynex, lol Generic cheapy Sony wireless headphones.  
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB Random HDD's / SSD's Samsung Blu-ray  Stock intel 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
W7 x64 42" Vizio TV. 1080p.  Logitec G15 630w Rosewill 
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