By Bryce / Last Updated May 12, 2023

✎ Toshiba hard disk not recognized/working
✎ Quick solutions to fix damaged Toshiba hard disk
✎  Effective Toshiba hard disk repair tool | free download

Toshiba hard disk not recognized/working

“Hello, there is a problem with my external Toshiba hard disk drive. After I plugged it into my PC, it’s not recognized and I can’t find it. Is the Toshiba hard drive corrupted? How can I use it normally on PC?”

When Toshiba hard drive is damage/falling, it’s possible to find out the hard drive not recognized, detected but not inaccessible or slow to respond. If the hard disk drive pre-installed with Windows OS is not working, you can also encounter boot failure with an error message, like "Your PC/Device needs to be repaired” during startup.


Quick solutions to fix damaged Toshiba hard disk

Toshiba hard disk not working normally can be the result of kinds of elements, such as outdated driver, corrupted file system, and bad sector. To repair the hard drive, you can refer to those quick and easy solutions before using a third-party Toshiba hard disk repair tool.

✔  Solution 1. Try another USB port

For repairing Toshiba external hard drive not detected/working, it’s wise to try another USB port to see whether the disk works. If the external hard drive is connected via USB hub, connect it to computer itself for enough power supply.

✔  Solution 2. Update Drivers for repairing Toshiba hard disk

Step 1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open Run dialogue. Then, input “devmgmt.msc” and press “Enter” key to open Device Manager.

Step 2. Expand “Disk Drivers”, right-click the Toshiba hard disk driver and choose “Update driver”.

Step 3. After driver update, reboot your computer and see whether the hard disk is in normal status.

✔  Solution 3. Run chkdsk.exe to fix Toshiba hard disk

Step 1. Open Run dialogue, input “cmd” and click OK to access Command Prompt.

Step 2. Type “chkdsk g:f/r/x” and hit “Enter” to check and fix disk errors for the chosen drive (“g” refers to the driver letter of the drive that you want to check and repair.)

If your Toshiba hard drive is not showing up in Windows Explorer but appearing in Disk Management and the status of it is OK. Try to assign a drive letter to it and then access it from Windows Explorer.

Effective Toshiba hard disk repair tool | free download

If you don’t mind employing a third-party tool to complete Toshiba hard disk repair, see how to repair corrupted Toshiba hard disk using AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It can check bad sectors, surface test disk, rebuild MBR and wipe disk for Toshiba hard disk and other branded hard disk. 

And it is featured with the Make Bootable Media function. When you can’t boot your PC normally, you can run Windows from a bootable USB drive created via AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard and then check bad sectors, rebuild MBR and so on. Now, click the button to free download the tool.

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Part 1. Check and fix bad sectors for Toshiba hard disk.

Then, follow those steps to check and fix bad sectors.  

Step 1. Right-click the partition that you want to check, choose “Advanced” and “Check Partition”.

Step 2. Select the first option and click “OK”.

Step 3. Then wait checking and repairing process to complete successfully.

Note: If there are multiple partitions on the Toshiba hard disk, you can check the whole disk using the Disk Surface Test function.

✔ Part 2. Rebuild MBR for Toshiba hard disk

When the MBR of the Toshiba hard disk is damaged, you may be unable to access the disk. If the disk is with Windows, damaged MBR can causes boot failure with an error message, like "Invalid Partition Table".

Step 1. Right-click the hard disk drive and choose “Rebuild MBR”. 

Step 2. Choose a proper MBR type based on your operating system and click “OK”.

Step 3. Return to the main interface, click “Apply” and “Proceed”.

✔ Part 3. Format Toshiba hard disk

Warning: This operation will erase all data on the Toshiba hard disk partition. If the partition holds OS, you’ll need to reinstall OS after formatting.

Step 1. Click the partition on the hard disk and choose “Format Partition”.

Step 2. Choose a proper file system and click “OK”. 

Step 3. Click “Apply” and “Proceed” to commit the operation.

✔ Part 4. Wipe Toshiba hard disk

You can also try to wipe the whole Toshiba hard disk drive to fix it if the disk works slowly or is corrupted.

Warning:This operation will erase all data on the Toshiba hard disk drive. If it is your system disk, you will need to reinstall OS after wiping it. 

Step 1. Right-click the disk and choose “Wipe Hard Drive”. 

Step 2. Choose the first way “Fill sectors with Zero” to wipe your disk. Then, click “OK”.

Step 3. You’ll go back to the main interface. Confirm the operation and click “Apply”> “Proceed” to execute it.

Note: To fix Toshiba SSD via wiping it totally, you can upgrade to Professional version and make SSD Secure Erase