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Hard Drive Not Showing On iOS 13? Here’s How To Fix It

Hard Drive Not Showing On iOS 13: Just after having a photo session when you attach an external hard drive with your iPad or iPhone and see that the external hard drive is not working, it’s pretty decipherable about how you feel!

How can I fix my Hard Drive Not Showing On iOS 13?

  • Cannot use accessory
  • Some content is unavailable
  • This accessory is not supported etc.

Hard Drive Not Showing On iOS 13

This is a common issue with the maximum iPhone and iPads nowadays. 

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It’s one of the reasons for which maximum iPhone/iPad users always find difficult to access external hard drives or memory cards attached to Apple phones. 

In the USA, large numbers of Apple users have faced severe trouble to access iPad after connecting it to external hard drives. 

The first thing that strikes your mind right after seeing such technical issue in your iPhone is:

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An initiative like that frequently ends up risking a lump sum amount of cash from your wallet. In short, you need a smart and wise solution to fix such technical issues in your iPhone whenever you face technical problems to access the external hard drive or memory drive in iPad or Apple phones. 

Browsing through some of those,

Overcoming the ‘cannot use accessory: Accessory requires too much power issue’

Connecting an iPhone or iPad with an external adapter to access the memory often ends up with ‘cannot use phone accessory’ when the accessory requires too much power.  Whenever the external drive is not working in your iPad or Apple iOS 13, a low power supply might be one of the reasons for the device to malfunction. 

Fixing a petty bug like that is easy by connecting an additional power supply to the Apple device.

It’s better to check the adopter that is used to provide additional power supply to the phone. Maximum times this has been seen that lack of separate charging port for the device is the reason for low power supply in Apple Phones.

Before connecting an adopter in the phone it’s important to see that the additional power supply must come from the main switchboard and not from any USB port. Lighting USB 3 adopter is a suitable adopter for powering up the external drive that comes from the mains supply. 

Once the external hard drive is connected with USB 3 adopter from the main power supply unit, switch it on and that easily bypasses the limitations meant for the software limit if there is any written for the drive.

After that browse your entire photos and data given and access it at your convenience. There’s no point for the external hard drives to malfunction once the power supply to the memory device is sufficient.

Careful about the memory format of the extended hard drive before connecting it

Know where it’s a compatible format for the iPad or iPhone

Every Apple phone user must check the written language format of an external drive, because if the format is incompatible often the display screen pops up an error message like ‘Some content is not available in the drive’. This means the format of the memory drive is incompatible to work with iPadOS and iOS 13. 

content not available

Before accessing the hard drive it’s better to use a Mac PC to reformat the written format. So that it’s compatibility factors are not compromised after connecting it with iPad or iPhone.

Before reformatting the previously written format it’s better to keep a back up first. Because while rewriting a different format the previous format may be erased automatically.

‘External hard drive cannot be supported ‘Honestly, for how many years you are using the same memory drive?

After accessing a memory drive for a long time it may refuse to work properly with the iPad or iPhone. The same thing might happen with iOS 13 phones. 

It’s better to unplug the device from an iPad or iPhone. Then plugging it back may put an end to such inconveniences.  If the external drive is in the right format it’s important to check the physical damage of the drive. 

Inspecting the ports cables and enclosing the sign is worth checking as it may detect any external damage caused if any.

Often that’s one of the reasons for which ‘external hard drive cannot be supported’. Error message frequently pops up on the display screen after connecting the external hard drive with iPads.

Sometimes the external hard drives are injured whenever they are dropping on the ground from the table. They do break once they fall accidentally from the table directly to the ground. Particularly if it’s an old fashion hard drive. 

Confusing with Thunderbolt and USB C connector is another mistake which is better to avoid. A number of times users mistakenly mix these connectors instead of taking the right adopter for plugging in. It’s better to avoid such a mistake before connecting the external hard drives with an Apple accessory.

Try the Trick by Naming the Home Folder as DCIM


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Renaming the external hard drive folder as DCIM which follows by a subfolder by the name of 100 Apple. It is a smart trick to connect an external memory disk with apple accessories.

Be it an iPhone or iPad, such tricks are a smart move to connect memory disks with USB adopters via thumb drive.

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