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Disk Not Initialized Msg. Meaning Of ?

Question: Disk Not Initialized Msg. Meaning Of ?


Trying to get an old external HD working.

Msg. that come up is that the Disk is not initialized.

Gives me the option of doing so.

What does not initialized mean, exactly, please ?

If I do, as the option suggests, will this wipe out everything on the HD, such as a re-format would do ?


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Answer: Disk Not Initialized Msg. Meaning Of ?

It means that Windows somehow failed to recognize the mbr (its signature) as being valid. Initializing the disk will (try to) overwrite its mbr. The partition table is usually stored here.

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I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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I have a internal 3.5" HDD WD Black 2 TB and try to hook it up in the PC but it doesnt not appear anymore in My Computer. It was working few weeks ago. When opening Disk Management it says the disk is not initialized and it didnt state how many GB available on the hard disk (unallocated). Disk Management tried to initialized the hard disk and it pops out the following errors:
1. Virtual Disk Manager: Incorrect Function
2. Virtual Disk Manager: The device is not ready.

I have also tried using a powered USB cable and also connected in directly to the MoBo via SATA but the problem still persist.

I also ran disk part and it shows Disk 3 and Disk 4 as both online but both having size of 0 B

Below is the screen shot of Disk Management. When i right click on the HDD, there are four functions: Initialize Disk, Offline, Properties and Help however the the Initialize Disk function is greyed out.

I have Partition Wizard 9.1 and the attached picture below is the screenshot of the main GUI. It shows bad disk on the particular hard disk
I tried running Partition Recovery Wizard on the mentioned HDD and it shows a partition of only 512 Bytes but none of my files are visible (no preview)

I just need to retrieve the files in the Hard disk as it contains important files and pictures that havent been backed up. Any help and suggestions are welcomed! Thanks

Answer:disk not initialized in Disk Management. Device Not Ready.

This thread is continued on sevenforums:
disk not initialized in Disk Management. Device Not Ready. - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have a internal 3.5" HDD WD Black 2 TB and try to hook it up in the PC but it doesnt not appear anymore in My Computer. It was working few weeks ago. When opening Disk Management it says the disk is not initialized and it didnt state how many GB available on the hard disk (unallocated). Disk Management tried to initialized the hard disk and it pops out the following errors:
1. Virtual Disk Manager: Incorrect Function
2. Virtual Disk Manager: The device is not ready.

I have also tried using a powered USB cable and also connected in directly to the MoBo via SATA but the problem still persist.

I also ran disk part and it shows Disk 3 and Disk 4 as both online but both having size of 0 B

Below is the screen shot of Disk Management. When i right click on the HDD, there are four functions: Initialize Disk, Offline, Properties and Help however the the Initialize Disk function is greyed out.

I have Partition Wizard 9.1 and the attached picture below is the screenshot of the main GUI. It shows bad disk on the particular hard disk
Click image for larger version.

I tried running Partition Recovery Wizard on the mentioned HDD and it shows a partition of only 512 Bytes but none of my files are visible (no preview)

I just need to retrieve the files in the Hard disk as it contains important files and pictures that havent been backed up. Any help and suggestions are welcomed! Thanks

Answer:disk not initialized in Disk Management. Device Not Ready.

I submitted this post in tenforums and sevenforums on an old thread. Its better to start a new one. THis is the reply from jumanji from the sevenforums thread. I will continue posting replies on this thread instead
disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji

I am still trying to understand your system.

Please furnish the following Information.

1. You have a Windows 10 System. Is it a custom-built one? Built by you?

2.In the Windows Disk Management I see three drives.Disk 0, Disk 1 and Disk 2. All three Internal?

3. You are now trying to plug-in /connect two drives. But both of these cannot be accessed. Right?

Now the crucial question. 4. Where were these drives before? Please give the history of both drives. Both drives data drives? What happened to the system from which they came?

I may not be able to deal with the drives connected to Windows 10 - for I don't know how it will treat alien drives. As I see it both drives are bad ( In Windows 10).

I do understand that you have a SATA to USB adapter. Can you just take one drive - mark it as No 1 --, connect it to a Windows 7 system and post the screenshots of Windows Disk Management and PW screenshot? Always post full screenshots with all information seen and not truncated/cut screenshots.

Mark the other drive as Drive 2, unplug drive No.1 , plug in drive No2 and again repeat the screenshots. We shall not mix driv... Read more

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I have a internal 3.5" HDD WD Black 2 TB and try to hook it up in the PC but it doesnt not appear anymore in My Computer. It was working few weeks ago. When opening Disk Management it says the disk is not initialized and it didnt state how many GB available on the hard disk (unallocated). Disk Management tried to initialized the hard disk and it pops out the following errors:
1. Virtual Disk Manager: Incorrect Function
2. Virtual Disk Manager: The device is not ready.

I have also tried using a powered USB cable and also connected in directly to the MoBo via SATA but the problem still persist.

I also ran disk part and it shows Disk 3 and Disk 4 as both online but both having size of 0 B

Below is the screen shot of Disk Management. When i right click on the HDD, there are four functions: Initialize Disk, Offline, Properties and Help however the the Initialize Disk function is greyed out.

I have Partition Wizard 9.1 and the attached picture below is the screenshot of the main GUI. It shows bad disk on the particular hard disk
I tried running Partition Recovery Wizard on the mentioned HDD and it shows a partition of only 512 Bytes but none of my files are visible (no preview)

I just need to retrieve the files in the Hard disk as it contains important files and pictures that havent been backed up. Any help and suggestions are welcomed! Thanks

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I did a clean install of Windows 10 64-bit & now one of my hard drives has an issue. While on the desktop I could access the disk but it was very slow to scan & took several minutes. Once completed it seems to indicate all the folders but I could not access any of them.

Though a restart might help but now it doesn't read at all. In Disk Management it says that disk says "Disk 1 not initialized".

Is it as simple as initializing that disk or might that cause reformatting in which I'd loose 1.2 Tb's of important data?

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Hi, My DVD Recorder died, so I took out the HDD Seagate DB35.2 and plugged it in my laptop. I get the above message in disk management. I also tried Knoppix 7.0 but the disk does not show up. My scope is to save the content in the disk and move it to my PC, is it a mission impossible? Any suggestion is very welcome. Thanks Alex

Answer:Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized

I'm not sure you will have much luck if the disk is not readable. You can usually use a Linux distro to try to read it, but you've tried that. If it can be read you can also try Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console. Other than that you could try Recuva and see if that will work. But, if the disk can't be read, I'm afraid there is nothing you can do if those 3 options don't help.

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Hi, thanks for reading this and thanks for your help.

My laptop took a fall and after that it doesnt enter the boot sequence for windows, stops at the laptop manufacturer logo.

I remove my hdd from the laptop and put into a external drive i keep for this purpose, checking hdd?s.

I can?t find the drive in my computer but I can see it in disk managment. It says Disk unknown - not initialized.

I?ve tried using PW but i cant see the drive on there. I would really like to keep my files I have on that drive but it seems to me that it toast.


Answer:Disk unknown - not initialized

My laptop took a fall and after that it doesnt enter the boot sequence for windows, stops at the laptop manufacturer logo.

That is bad news mate. Usually a mechanical HDD won't survive physical shock like dropping etc. This is because of the microscopical gap between the head and platter. Heads flying height on modern HDDs is about 5-10 nano-meters. For example: an average human's hair is about 25000 nano-meters in diameter. A drop will most likely cause the head to stuck on platter or cause scratches on platter surface.
I would suggest diagnosing the HDD using "Seagate Seatool" and verifying it's health.

SeaTools for Windows | Seagate
Run the tool and select your external HDD for testing. Then choose "Basic Tests --> Shot Generic" and wait for it to finish.

If the test is a pass, run "Basic Tests --> Long Generic". If either of the test fails, the case will be beyond DIY and you should consult a data recovery pro for recovery.

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Hello, I have a Western Digital my passport (1TB). When i plug in the drive, it says that it's successfully installed however it does not appear in "my computer". Also when i go into Disk Management, it says that disk 2 is unknown, not initialized. This is what appear when i open disk management

Can you please help me, i don't want to lose my data, it contain all my videos. please help

Answer:Disk 2 is unkown, not initialized

Guys please cn someone help me. I really need a solution for this.. Pleaseeeeeeee

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I have used a hard drive disk for 3 years or so and today when booting I see its not showing and I get a message from disk management that it is not initialized although as I say its been running perfectly all this time and was so reliable that I placed all my "needed program and file on it" ...sad eh If I right click to/and initialize will I loose all my data on the disk..? I see the disk in the management consul as 'disk one 'but with the message not initialized..can anyone help..I saw and saw an old thread but not sure if it the same thing.. Can anyone help please..?? urgent..

Answer:Disk not initialized message

Sounds like your disk has become corrupted, or has otherwise failed. Disks are notorious for failing, just when you think that they are "running well". The only answer for data redundancy is RAID 1 (or a derivative), plus backing up to an external hard drive.

I suggest using some sort of Partition repair program in an attempt to rebuild the disks "Index" thus potentially allowing you access to the disks contents again. However this sort of activity is risky, either you will fix the partition or make the situation worse, in my experience the outcome is usually 50 / 50 - sometimes things end with a smile, and other times a tear!

Best of luck...

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I recently got a new HDD and took it to a friend's house to copy over some of the data he had (approx. 800GB).

The disk had never been used prior, so he had to initialize it when I brought it over; he's running either Win8 or Win8.1, and it was initialized as GPT with all the other settings at default. It was hooked up via a SATA > USB 3.0 adapter.

I brought the disk home and plugged it directly into my mobo, and Windows was telling me I had to initialize it; without thinking I clicked to initialize it as GPT, and haven't yet created a new simple volume.

What I'm wondering, is if there's a tool (preferably free) I can use either in Windows or a bootable linux distro (the Ubuntu I have doesn't have drivers for my USB wireless adapter, so I'm without internet whenever I boot into it; therefore the distro will need to come with the tool pre-installed) which will be able to copy the data from the used sectors to the unused ones within the same disk, so I don't need to worry about overwriting the data I'm trying to recover. I'd like to do it this way because each of my other two drives have 14.5 and 44 GB free, so I can't recover it to another drive then copy it all back

If there aren't any tools that do that, any suggestions other than bringing it back and copying the data again? (it took pretty long and was a bit of a pain, plus he's leaving for a week in a couple days.)

My set up:
Win 7 x64
1x ocz 128GB ssd
1x seagate barracuda 1TB hdd
1x WD black 4TB hdd ... Read more

Answer:Restore data from re-initialized disk

Quote: Originally Posted by vv211

a tool (preferably free) I can use either in Windows or a bootable linux distro..... which will be able to copy the data from the used sectors to the unused ones within the same disk....

Not sure I understand your situation and I don't think I ever heard of such a tool.

I'd think in terms of partitioning the disk and putting all the data in one partition to shield it.

Why GPT?

This is purely a data disk, no OS?

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This 2.5" SATA drive is from a Toshiba that seems to have died this morning. There's no boot, no BIOS, nada.
I removed the drive and attached it via USB to my Win7 box where it shows as "Unknown, Not initialized, and offline." There are no rt-click options in disk management. I can hear the drive spinning, but it shuts down on its own occasionally, and sometimes won't power up at all without a bit of fiddiling.
I can't get any response at all from my Linux box, and neither Test Disk nor Recuva finds it at all.
Is there anything else to do, or is this drive dead, as I suspect it is?

Answer:Disk unknown, offline, not initialized.

If it's not being recognized properly, there isn't anything else that you can do.

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I have an WD 1TB hard disk which failed to initialize recently. It gives me an I/O error message. I found a few old threads here with similar problem and tried out the suggested steps. I ran WD diagnostic tool and passed the Quick test and Extended test(Screenshot attached). I would like to avoid the zero test and formatting of my data if possible. The hard disk is almost full and recovering them after formatting would be really painful. I would be really grateful if someone could please help me out?

Answer:1TB WD external hard disk not initialized

Is you have a empty hard drive kicking about or somewhere to store you data, move it all to there.
Then format you drive, see if that works.

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Hi, i'm new on this forum. I was searching for an answer to this issue in a lot of threads but i didn't find something to fix it.

I built an external hd using the hard disk of my old laptop (Fujitsu MHV2120AH PL) and a Woxter i-Case 240.

When i connected it via USB i went to the Disk Manager and saw the unit as "Disk 1 Unknown Not Initialized". But there was something else, the disk has a size of 120GB but the Disk Manager shows only 700MB.

The Disk Manager didn't allowed me to format this partition and when I press on "Initialize disk" it didn't do anything.

I used a Linux Live CD and I had the same issue, i tried to create a new partition table but it didn't create it and GParted didn't allow me to create a new partition answering that i need a partition table first.

I tried with Diskpart without any result too.

This HD had an Windows XP installed on the old laptop and before dissamble it i made a quick format with the Bootable CD of my laptop. The quick format was interrupted when the program was copying the files necesary to install Windows XP.

Do you have any idea?

Answer:Unknown - Not Initialized Disk (External HD)

Hello Matterito!

You could try a couple of things: changing the enclosure, as this one's controller may be corrupt, or hooking up the disk directly to the computer.
Also, see if your USB drivers need updating.

Quote: Originally Posted by Matterito

This HD had an Windows XP installed on the old laptop and before dissamble it i made a quick format with the Bootable CD of my laptop. The quick format was interrupted when the program was copying the files necesary to install Windows XP.

Following this, it may be that your disk is just damaged. It could be just that the partition table is corrupted, so may be writing full zeros to the disk and repartitioning and reformatting it would help fix the issue. That is in the case that you don't need the information on the drive.


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Hi i would like to ask why this happen. My external hard disk is detected by computer but doesn't appear in hard disk panel , it only appears on Devices. When i go to computer management. This is the output. Same when i use it to other computers. please help. im just new here and no good at computers.

External HDD : Western Digital My Passport 0740 (500Gb)

Answer:Disk 1 unknown not initialized - an external HDD

Quote: Originally Posted by empog

Hi i would like to ask why this happen. My external hard disk is detected by computer but doesn't appear in hard disk panel , it only appears on Devices. When i go to computer management. This is the output. Same when i use it to other computers. please help. im just new here and no good at computers.

External HDD : Western Digital My Passport 0740 (500Gb)

Hi empog,

Welcome to Seven forums.

It could be an either an issue with the harddrive itself or it is formatted in a partition which is not recognized by windows.

Once the harddrive is connected open command prompt and type diskpart and hit enter. Then type list disk and hit enter.

Whatever information is displayed kindly post a screenshot for the same.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.

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I have an WD Elements 1023 external hard drive which I want to connect to my laptop which runs a 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium. When I connect the device, it shows up in the device manager and the driver is installed properly.
However, it doesnt show up as a drive and in the Disk Management, it shows as Disk1 unknown. When I try to Initialize the disk, I get a error that the "The Media is write protected".
Its been a real pain as I have a lot of data init and unable to access it.
It wud be great if anybody could suggest me a solution for this.
Screen shot of how the drive appears in the device manager
Screen shot of how the drive appears in the disk manager

Answer:External HDD not getting initialized in Disk Manager

Have you tried this on another PC - is it recognised?
Have you tried manually assigning a drive letter in disk management? This article gives you step by step instructions on how to do this.

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I have the same problem. when i plug in the drive, it says that its succesfully installed however it does not appear in "my computer". also when i go into system tools it says that disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

can you please help me, i dont want to lose my data, it contain all my pics. please help

Answer:disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

Hello Jenny, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What type of drive is it, and how is it being connected?

Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management window to see if that may help ID what the issue could be.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I've been recovering data from three older internal hard drives for a friend, by way of an external HDD enclosure connected via USB to my laptop. It went well for the first two HDDs but the third, well ....

It's a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 HDD, 120 GB and is also marked SATA150.

(1) On most occasions, the HDD in question does not appear under My Computer. Under Devices and Printers, I see the external HDD enclosure as "USB to ATA/ATAPI bridge" (but not the HDD). In Disk Management, I see my internal drives and CD/DVD ROM but for the HDD in question, only "Disk 2, Unknown, Not Initialised" - I get the option to initialise it as MBR or GPT (I cancel at that point).

(2) On rare and seemingly random occasions, my laptop does pick up the HDD as drive F: but usually asks me if I want to format it (nope!). At this point it also appears under Devices and Printers, My Computer and in Disk Management as 'RAW' and 'healthy'.

(3) On three occasions, I have seen the drive name; on two occasions, all of the files - and on one occasion, I was able to copy four files across to my laptop (before losing visibility of it). So I know all the files are there.

However the HDD disconnects itself (or is disconnected) quite quickly, such that I am back to position (1) for the vast majority of the time.

I have tried TestDisk and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which do not see the HDD. I have also tried MiniTool Partition Wizard, which mostly does not see the HDD but on one occa... Read more

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I am using Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.

I bought a second internal hard drive about a month ago. I partitioned it and used one partition for Windows backup and the other partition is for storing data.

I moved a lot of data from my primary disk on to the partition on the new disk. Everything has been working fine until now.

This morning I booted up the computer and the new disk is not showing in Computer. I rebooted and checked the bios, the disk is showing there so I let the OS boot and then opened Disk Manager. The new disk is showing there too but now it appears as unallocated and not initialized.

How do I fix this and how do I fix Windows 7 so that it doesn't happen again? I really do not want to lose the data on the disk.

Many thanks in advance.


Answer:Disk showing as unallocated/not initialized

Can you post a screen shot Disk management?

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Disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated, Please help
disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated.. plizz help
I already use PhotoRec recovery but "disk capacity not correctly detected"
Disk 1 = seagate 500Gb hdd

Answer:Disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated, Please help

Start with this free tool. You should try to recover the partition before worrying about recovering the data. If you can recover the partition, the files should be OK if they haven't been over-written.

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

Select Partition Recovery Wizard. Choose the drive, then full disk, quick scan. Quick Scan may take 5 or more hours.

If the partition is eventually found, select and double click on it. You should then see all files in the Explorer.

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click hereJust came across this and it's not pretty.I'm glad I've never heard any of these noises on my hard disks but it's worth a listen to. Also, I've had a hard drive fail and it never made any such noise, so this is far from definitive.

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For the cost of a new hard drive, I suggest you purchase one and transfer your data over. One of the best options I have found is to use a USB hard drive (Get a USB case from EBAY, put your own drive in it), that way you have an independant copy of your files for when (not if)your hard drive stops or your wwant to change machine.

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In Disk Management, partitions are given descriptive terms like Boot, Page File, Active and so on. Is there a description of what the set of terms are, and what their significance is? For example, on machine 1 (Vaio) the first unnamed partition (11GB, invisible) has the property Recovery Partition; the second (100MB) has the properties System, Active, Primary Partition ? it has the name System Reserved; and the third (the remainder of the drive is C:, with the properties Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition. On machine 2 (Dell), the first unnamed partition (39MB, invisible) has the property OEM Partition; the second unnamed (11GB, invisible) has the property Active, Recovery Partition; the remainder is C: with the properties Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition.

Apart from difference in order of the first two partitions (big-small vs. small-big where Recovery is big), the systems seem to differ in that the Dell has nothing identified as ?System?, and it has an ?OEM Partition? which the Vaio does not have, plus the differences in whether that small partition has the name System Reserved. This weakly suggests that ?OEM Partition? is just another label for ?System?, except that I suspect that the partitions don?t have arbitrary text tags that provide this information, they have some standardized numeric code or flag bit that gets translated into one of these labels, and there is a real difference.

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I am trying to recover data from laptop internal HDD use as an external hard drive to recover data from that HDD. I can't see my HDD in my computer but in DISK Managemnet, there is a message, "Disk 1 Unknown Not Initizalized"

Please Help!!


Answer:Recover Data from Disk that is unknown and not initialized

If the data is critical, and it sounds like it is.. the first thing I would do is use a software that makes a sector by sector backup or image of that uninitialized drive. That way if trying to make it readable by initializing it should hose it, you have a copy.

After that, if you know that the unititialized drive was at one time formatted NTFS then you might try initializing it with Partition Wizard freeware

But it may be worthwhile to talk to someone well versed in disk recovery. There may even be some dedicated forums around for that specialty.

If you get lucky and the Partition Wizard initialization shortcut works, then the files should be there after doing a non-destructive format as NTFS file system.

Assuming that's what it was to begin with.

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This drive was originally a Maxtor back-up drive that my brother in law could never get to accomplish a successful back-up routine when running on his XP desktop system or his new Vista laptop. He gave it to me and I installed upgraded software and tried it on my Vista x64 system and again recieved "back-up failed" error messages. I decided to delete all contents on the drive and use it as a basic external storage drive. My problem is now my system see's it as "Drive not yet initialized". How do I initialize this drive?It's a Maxtor One Touch III, 200 Gb. 

Answer:Disk not initialized when trying to format external USB drive

Do it thru Disk Management...right click My Manage...then Disk Management.

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I have a dell xps 13 9333 which was working fine

I restarted it and I got operating system not found

It has a Liteon 512gb msata SSD LMT-512L9M-11

The SSD is detected in bios. I have connected the ssd to a caddy to try and access via another laptop

However I am unable to do that as well

It does not appear in my computer. When i go to disk management it shows disk not initialized and unallocated

If i try to even create a partition it says Cyclic redundancy check

I have attached some images that may help
Currently i am trying to find partitions using minitool partition wizard. its currently on 33%. Will post a screenshot once thats done

Please can anyone advise what I can do as i need to recover my work from it


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I have a Samsung external hard disk drive.
It doesn't detect on Explorer.

System Specifications

OS: Windows 10 - 64 bit
Notebook Model Dell - Inspiron 14 - 5000 series (i7 processor intel)
External HD - Samsung M3 Portable


Sometimes it appears on diskmgmt.msc, but sometimes does not.
Right now it's appearing as "Disk 1 - Unknown - Not Initialised"


I can see my hard disk under "Disk Drives" as "Samsung M3 Portable USB Device".

My external hd appears in "Devices and Printers" under "Devices".
But cannot be accessed.


It finds the HDD, but "Partition Recovery Wizard" is not able to recover it.

Using another cable;
Connecting it in another computer;
Restarted computer several times;
MiniTool - Partition Wizard Free;

Answer:Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized - Samsung M3 Portable

Hi rafaelvidal,

Welcome to SevenForums,

1. Complete details of your Samsung M3. Model no: ?? Capacity ??
2. Screenshots: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
3. No overlapping screenshots. In the Partition Wizard screenshot I can't see what is behind except that it is an MBR drive.

Please redo your post for the folks here to understand and help you. If you are not in the Americas please change the timezone (UserCP) so that we get to know whether you are sleeping or awake.

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I ran BIOS diagnostics on a Dell OptiPlex 3010 yesterday and received an error code (2000-0142) - short self test unsuccessful. I pulled the drive and swapped a new SATA drive to get the user back up and running quickly. I'm trying to connect the drive with the error to my laptop using a StarTech USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter. When I open Disk Management I see Disk 0 (my laptop drive) and Disk 1 (the connected drive). It says Unknown / Not Initialized. When I right click and try to initialize it says "The device is not ready." I've tried the more actions > refresh / rescan. Now when I right click the option to Initialize Disk is grayed out and I can only see Offline and Properties.

I browsed through a thread from about 2 years ago and couldn't find a helpful solution.

The drive: Western Digital 250GB SATA / 16MB Cache - WD2500AAKX

Answer:Disk Management - Unknown / Not Initialized Drive

Have you attempted to run Western Digital's Data Lifeguard diagnostic software? It has a short test and an extended test.

Are you trying to recover anything from this drive? Or just trying to find out if it's broken?

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I've got 600GB HD (Rock mobile disk) that goes without saying need to be recuperated. It was working fine earlier this summer when I last accessed it. A few weeks ago, I plugged it in again and it gave me an I/O Device Error, read and unspecified error.

I have been researching a solution non stop and today when i plugged it in once again something worst happened, this time I see a External HD not Detected: Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized in Disk Management.

Can someone please help?

The irony... we get an external drive to protect our data and not loose it and then this happens

Answer:External HD not Detected: Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized

Try this to salvage what you can from it: Download MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition - MajorGeeks
Do that before any attempts to repair.
If nothing, portable drives are even less reliable than stationary ones and it's interfaces are prone to malfunction.

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I have this 160GB hard drive that I have not been using for a while, yet I am very sure it was working fine the last time I used it.

Today when I plugged it in to my new notebook that is running Windows 8.1 now, it doesn't detect my hard drive. I also tried on other notebook and it has the same issue. So I know the problem is most likely on the hard drive.

Using Command Prompt, it says Disk 1's status is "Online", but size is "0".

Here is the status at Computer Management:
Disk 1
Not Initialized

I also tried to Initialize on MBR, but it returned me with "Incorrect function." message.

I tried "Troubleshoot" and the result says:
"USB Mass Storage Device is an older USB device and might not work with USB 3.0
Plug the device into an available USB 2.0 port..."
My notebook has 3 USB ports where according to the manual, 2 of them are backward compatible to 2.0... I tested on each, but it is still not working.

What should I do? Although I have not been using it for a while, I wish to check the content first before formatting it. I might have some forgotten, yet important files within.

Thanks in advance. Hope I can be assisted here.

Answer:HDD not Detected: Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized, Online

If the controller in the enclosure failed removing the drive and slaving it into a desktop PC may let you recover your files. If the drive failed there isn't much you can do.

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I see the external disk in Disk Management but it is not getting displayed in My Computer nor any data recovery software is detecting it :(
Image attached..
When I right click on disk 1 Initialize Disk option is also disabled.

Please help!

Answer:Seagate external hard disk not getting initialized

What are the other options when you right click on the disk?

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I am experiencing the same issue as with jenny123 but with an additional problem. I am troubleshooting a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1TB external hard drive for my buddy. It is previously working but one day, it is not detected anymore by any device. It is found in the Disk Management however, it is listed as Unknown, Not Initialized, and not showing the partition as shown in the screenshot.

When I try to change it from Offline to Online, I am encountering the error:
"Virtual Disk Manager: The system cannot find the file specified"

I also used the DISKPART in cmd but it is not showing Disk 1 as shown below.

The external hard drive is found in disk drives but it is not showing it's model name.

I tried all the recommended software (partition wizard, testdisk, icare) but still no luck. I also tried searching online for an answer but there's no closure to their issues as well. Hope someone can help on this as he need a) the drive and b) recover the files in the external drive. Thanks!

EDIT: The drive can be seen in the Devices and Printers as shown below.

Answer:Disk unknown, not initialized, and not showing partition


For any serious troubleshooting, diagnostics or recovery attempt, you should always connect an HDD to a direct SATA port. Usually you can easily remove the header of any Seagate Golex drive and then connect it to an internal SATA port.

Let us know what "Disk Management" reports when you connect the drive directly.

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I am using windows 8 and I have read previous threads with similar issues that I face but my problem is unique. My 60GB external Hard disk was manufactured by FUJITSU and was taken out of a dell laptop. When I bought a case for it yesterday it was tested in a laptop computer to see if it was working before I paid for the case and it was working properly. However, the owner of the laptop removed the cable without safely ejecting the drive first. Later, I connected it to several computer and it would install and be detected in Device manager, Disk Management and even devices and printers but it does not show in My Computer nor does autoplay options pop up. In disk management it is shown as Disk 1 unknown not initialized as shown in the attached screenshot.

I notice that whenever i open disk management, it prompts me to initialize the disk but when i chose gpt and click ok, this window pops up

when I right click the Disk 1 the initialize option is gray and only offline, properties, and help are available. I used mini partition tool and this is what i get

I am at my wits end. Please assist. I do not need what is inside the hdd. I just want it to work.

Answer:External Hard disk not initialized, unknown.

"I notice that whenever i open disk management, it prompts me to initialize the disk but when i chose gpt and click ok, this window pops up"

Did you try initialising it as an MBR disk?

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Hi, I just got a new Y570 Laptop with a 64 gb ssd. In the disk management window, there are two hard drives listed. There is a disk 0, which has four partitions on it, and a disk 1 which is unknown and initialized. Disk 0 is the HDD that comes with the computer. When I try to initialize Disk 1, I get a message saying The disk cannot find the sector requested. What does this mean? Also, is disk 1 the ssd that I'm supposed to have? Another problem:On my hdd, I have an empty partition that says Healthy (OEM partition). It has no file system or letter assigned to it. It is 14.75 gb, and according to disk management, all 14.75 gb are free. What is it, and can I delete it without affecting anything else on my computer?

Answer:Y570 Unknown Disk 1 Not initialized/OEM Partition

hi galaxion2,first of all, do not delete the 14.75 gb partition. it's hidden/system partition that your computer will need to use it during one key recover process.secondly, as you noticed, disk1 is ssd.

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I have used the tittle from another thread as my issue is very similar, only none of what is posted there worked for me.

So I have a WD 500gb HDD. (Actually I am not 100% sure it is a HDD and not a SDD)
I have plugged it in various PC and laptops. When doing so, you get the usual sound que. It also installs the driver according to the little pop up window.
However after that, the drive is not visible in "My Computer".

When I check the drive in Computer Management>Disk Management, it wants me to initialise the disk. Which, I know I do not want to do (thanks to one of your earlier posts) as this will over write my data.
In Disk Management the disk is "Unknown" and "Not Initialised" It also does not give any volume. Pics of both of these attached.

I have tried using Partition Wisord free. It does not even see the drive.
I have tried using Photorec. It does not see the drive.
I have used R-Studio. It does see the disk, but I am not able to scan it. Again also no disk volume. Again Picture attached.

I am hopeful for a solution, as I feel like the symptoms suggest that I do not have a head misalignment. But I might be wrong on that.

Hoping for someone with some mad skills to help me out here.

Thanks in advance!

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Guys i have a similar problem but unlike the problem above my partition magic software does not read my external HD.. The device manager shows the HD is working properly.. and the disk manager shows DISK1 unknown and not initialized.. i m giving screen shot for both of them.. My external HD is WD 1TB HD.. it does not matter if i lose the data..but i want the HD to work[ATTACH][/ATTACH]

Answer:disk manager shows DISK1 unknown and not initialized

I had a Seagate drive fail suddenly last week -- a lot like the situation you described, and neither the Seagate nor the WD drive diagnostics even see the drive when it's in an external drive caddy. When I connect it to an internal drive cable, I get a SMART error and the PC hangs on the boot.

Have also tried Minitool Partition Wizard and some other data recovery apps, which CAN see the external drive, but they can't find or recover any partitions.

Suggest you check with Minitool as they offer a free trial of a data recovery app that might work for you.

This is the first time in years that I've had a drive fail and NONE of the data recovery apps have been able to find anything on the drive.

I've resorted to sending it off to a local data recovery service and am awaiting a quote.

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1. Disk management showing disk 1 -unknown- -not initialized-

2. When i tried to initialized it show -incorrect function-

3. I tried the recovery software but all of them cant detect my external HDD

4. The Data Lifeguard Diagnostic from western digital managed to detect my external and showing there is bad sector but when i tried to repair, it give me this message -unable to repair bad sector-

Please help!!! is there any chance i can fix this?

Answer:Please help,disk 1 unknown not initialized (western digital external)

I guess there is mechanical problem with the hard drive. you can try checking and repairing bad sectors (, or just send it to some drive repair center.
but, if there is important files on the drive, you'll have to recover data before repairing it.

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Guys please help me to fix my hard disk WD elements 1TB

I have tried so many ways to fix it.. but I got nothing in 4 days!!

I have tried from command prompt " chkdsk /f /r "
the first time I tried it works, but something error occured, and now I can't using that method..
when I tried to using that, just show " cann't open volume for direct access"

my hard disk didn't appear on my computer list, but I can reject it.

and anyway I have tried to using minitool partition wizard, but you all can see that my hdd didn't appear with the volume.. just show up disk 2 with 0.00 GB

Anyone can help me to solving this problem ?

btw, My english isn't good enough..but I hope all of you can understand what I mean

Thanks before.!

Answer:External hard drive disk unknown n not initialized!

Sorry to say your WD Elements is dead and you have tried everything.There is nothing left for me to do, honestly. I would have done the same thing before declaring it dead.. No DIY data recovery is possible. The only option open to you is to entrust it to Western Digital Data Recovery partners in your region. Check with them whether there is any hope of recovering data in good shape.Telephonic consultation is free.

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Hi all, Let me start off by saying i have spent the last few hours looking online for anything that would be able to help sort out my problem and found your forum the most helpful and the only one i have signed up to. So thankyou in advance.

I have a WD1200D036 (2.5 120GB external) that is not showing in My Computer nor was it showing up in DM but after going to device management\Disk Drives then Volumes tab and clicking on Populate it turned up in Disk Management as: Disk 1 Unkown not initialized. when i click on it and select initialize disk it opens up and asks me to select disk 1 and what partition style (I just sent with MBR) then click ok. It pops up with a error "Incorrect Function"

Any ideas??

Answer:Exteranl HDD - Unknown, Not Initialized and no disc size in Disk Manag


I would suggest verifying the health condition of your hard drive first. You can use "WD Data Life Guard Diagnostic" to do that.

Download : WD Support / Downloads / Legacy Internal / WD RE2

The WD tool will list both your internal HDD and USB HDD for testing. Select the USB one and choose "Extended Test" to run. Let us know the test result in next reply.

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WD MyPassport 07a8 nt initialized in disk mgmt & nt shown in my comp.500GB Extrnl hrd dsk drive. its 90% used. Recommend a quick solution please.
Tried Ease US but its not detecting my hdd.
Tried updating driver uninstalling driver then replugging but no luck.
I am quite afraid about getting back my data.
I need to recover my data.
Please help me out

Answer:WD extrnl drve not initialized in disk mgmt not shown in my comp

Hi there, this drive is power fed trough the USB cable. So if the cable is damaged or too long it could cause the drive to malfunction. Otherwise it could be a damaged partition or a failed drive. I hope it will be a power issue, as it will be easier to resolve.
Have you tried:
- using a different USB cable (the shorter the better),
- connect it to a different usb port on the PC and make sure all other usb fed devices are unplugged at the time;
- if it's a desktop make sure to use a usb port that is on the back of the PC.
- connecting it to a different PC with a different OS

It will be useful if you give a bit more information. Can you hear any unusual noises from the drive? Have you dropped it recently? Do you remember making any changes before it stopped working ?
You can also check this topic: FAQ: External hard drive no longer shows up in My ... - WD Community

Hope that helps and don't forget to share how it goes

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I'm new to this forum.

My external hard disk (Seagate) is detected in the task bar after connecting, but not visible in "My Computer".

It is visible in Device manager under Disk Drives but not under USB.

There are few threads in this forum which are similar to mine, except that their Drives are visible in the Disk Management as Unallocated Space, mine is not.


I've tried all tools, tried in Windows XP still no solution.

Is there any way to atleast recover the data !!!!!!!!!

Your reply is appreciated !!!!!!!!


Answer:External Hard Disk, Unknown, Not Initialized ! No Unallocated Space.

Hi Pradeep,

Welcome onboard.

" I have tried all tools" - can you please enumerate what all tools?

Have you tried running the Seagate SeaTools for Windows to diagnose/repair.

If not check your external drive now.

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Hello. Through the power of google, I have come here to see If I can get any help recovering data. Essentially found this thread: disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated and just having really similar issues.

Issue is with my sisters External Hard drive, a WD My Passport Elite 070B.
Asked her a few questions on how she was using the drive/any issues and she explained that she had to pull the usb plug while still reading/writing because it would hang/freeze (/facepalm)

Downloaded PW Minitool Recovery and EasyRecovery Pro Trial, but haven't really run any lengthy tests yet. Just tried them out for 10 mins to see if anything would show up. Going to leave the computer on tonight and do a full scan though.

Some other things I have tried:
-Tried connecting it to other PC's/Laptops(XP/Vista/Windows 7/OSX). Same thing.
-Tried different USB cables

Any suggestions or things I should try?

Answer:Unaccessible External Hard Drive: Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized

I'm facing the same problem too....
Un-detection of my ext BUFFALO MiniStation HD-PCTU3 3.0

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This quick new hard disk. So sad I cant access it anymore? why this happen?

You can see from the photo MY computer cant even see this driver anymore, so I check on the
- Disk management it said unknown no driver letter too ,Not initialized.
-Click Initialized it said i/o device error

I have try uninstall the device and restart let it install again still the same.
Checking many thread have the same problem, I wonder anyone solve this kind of problem before?
Update the possible cause of it, I believe my external hard disk spoil because my laptop was low battery and suddenly off either it goes Hibernate or off there is no time to read or write in the hard disk.
Then I just unplug the external hard disk.

If you face this situation don't unplug it, turn on the computer back and do a proper remove or shut down everything.

Answer:1TWD external hard disk unknown,not initialized,unallocated,i/o error

Is this an external drive attached via a USB hub ??

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I am trying to recover data from my external HD 1 TB Fantom Drive GreenDrive. It crashed and I had no choice to force power down. When I look into Disk Management - I see that Disk 1 Unknown Size Not Initialized.

See Disk Man.JPG for printscreen of Disk Management.

I tried following the Mini Partition Tool advice and did not find the external drive on the software. Please see Mini Partion Tool.JPG for print screen.

I am thinking about buying another external HD 2TB and clone this drive to recover the data. Any advice to clone a drive that I cannot select.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Answer:Fantom Drives GreenDrive Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized - Data Recove

It crashed

I've seen that and the HDDs had truly crashed, wasn't anything I could do but in a couple of instances I sent them off to a firm that recovers data if the platters/disks in them haven't been physically damaged. Sometimes the read-write heads will scratch the platters and they are then truly screwed up.

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I had this flash drive since last year. I always download movies, t.v. series and anime. After I have watched all that I have downloaded, I always delete it and it also appears in the recycle bin so I also deleting it to not waste memory.

Last March 27, after I download and move the files in my USB. When I went back to my renting house, I tried to watch the t.v. series that I have downloaded in a DVD(XViD format). Unfortunately, the DVD can't read my flash drive.

I attached my USB to a computer and then suddenly, it was not detected by Windows Explorer but appears in Disk Management saying that it is "not initialized, unallocated drive."

I do Google searching and I found this forum, I found out that I should use a partition recovery software. I tried but when I scanned my drive, it always stops at "7-8k of 62530624 sectors." I don't know why but I think my flash drive was damaged.

Is there any other way I can fix it?
My important files are inside there.

Hope that any one can help

Answer:Sandisk Cruzer Edge 32GB - Disk 1, Not Initialized, Failed Scans

Does it showed in Device manager with yellow exclamation mark?

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Fresh install of Windows 10 on Dell Inspiron M5030 from my KLite USB drive where I have only added the correct, workable AMD-4200 video driver to the normal Windows 10 ISO. Windows 10 is functioning properly EXCEPT my TSST DVD+/-RW TS-L633C shows in Device Manager as DISK DRIVE 01 (which of course is not initialized) instead of showing as TS-L633C in DVD/CD-ROM drives.

I have tried the following:

1: Online updating drivers.

2: Hardware and devices troubleshooter. My problem is not recognized.

3: Uninstall CD/DVD drive driver. Restarted the computer, checked the functionality and the same problem exists.

Per device Manager, I have the standard SATA ACHI controller installed but no ATA channels 1, 2, 3, or 4 and no Standard ACHI 1.0 Serial ATA driver. Since Dell has not "approved" the M5030 for Windows 10, there are no drivers on the Dell M5030 Support website for Windows 10.

Can someone please give me some help please so that I can solve my problem?

Thank you very much.

Answer:CD\DVD CD-ROM Optical drive installed as disk drive 01 NOT initialized

A moot point now. Tried to update BIOS -- MB died and the unit now has the very common 7-Beep error code when trying to boot.

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I thought this was fixed but "Disk 1 not initialized" error has popped up again. Not sure what to do. I was cleaning out data off this drive & moved it to another. Thankfully I believe I finished before this error began popping up again.

"Disk 1 not initialized" I'm not sure if I should select MBR or GPT or leave it alone & do something else. It was formatted NTFS with about half of 1.5Tb capacity of data on it.

Is the drive dying or perhaps my new install has installed the wrong driver. Driver Version is Microsoft dated 6/21/2006 v10.0.15063.332
The motherboard is Asus Prime X370-Pro & Asus describes the SATA as;
AMD X370 chipset :
8 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s),

I do not use the RAID setup.

I have installed the chipset package from AMD for the X370 chips. It would seem the proper driver would have been installed but (?).
Any suggestions?

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My PC wouldn't boot off the SSD (with Win 10 OS). It said there were boot problems and tried to diagnose the problem but it doesn't boot. I'm now using the original HD with Win 7. I'd like to get the SSD working if I can. The SSD is OCZ - 240 GB or so.

But between last night and today, the SSD has gotten worse. I can't access it at all now. Last night I was able to access it as an external drive. What I did in between was a chkdsk of the HD just to make sure it was OK. Then this morning I saw that the SSD had problems.

Disk Management shows the SSD as disk 1, but it has no information on it. It just says the disk is unknown and uninitialized.

I saw a recommendation for Partition Wizard 9.1 Free. But that doesn't show the drive at all. I attached screen shots as a Word document.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:SSD unrecognized - disk management says "unknown" and "not initialized

Please use this tutorial by Golden. It will allow members see what you have.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I have a big problem here,
I have used my hard disk for 9month,
Yesterday when I watched movie on the half way,
My hard disk suddenly disfuntion,
And I thought my laptop problem due to always lagging so I restart my computer.
But after that I can't read my hard disk (WD)in my computer.
It can read in computer management there.

Ways I try:
1)I try to uninstall and reinstalled again,BUT it doesn't work.
2)I try to unchecked the hide folder and device at view.
3)I try to update the software BUT it still disfunction.
4)I try to use disk management and initialized it BUT there appeared CANNOT INITIALIZED Due to I/O device error.

Any solution for me ?

Answer:Hard Disk can't read in "my computer ", "initialized",I/O device error

The most usual cause is that the Hard Drive is beginning to fail. Back up your stuff. Go to the website of the manufacturer and test the drive.

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Hi guys. I'm new here. I've tried to read all the discussion about how to fix the unallocated hard drive but I just can't understand it as the cases were pretty much different than I'm facing of.

Here's my problem.
Yesterday my external hard drive seems normal, everything is fine, until there's a blackout and I have to put "sleep" to my laptop. After the power got back, the hard drive suddenly gone and when I check the list of drives under "Disk Management", it showed up as "Disk 1 - Unallocated".

(I've attached screenshots here for your viewing)

My external hard drive is WD My Passport 1TB. It contains a lot of valuable data I cannot afford to lose. I really hope there's a way to fix this, and once I get back all of those precious data I will buy another HD to transfer them ASAP because I cant let this happen to me again.

Your help is so, very much appreciated.
Any questions regarding my problem, let me know. I'll provide all of the details you guys need.

1) I've tried TestDisk but on the "Analyse" process, it says "read error"
2) I've changed cable, but the situation remains the same.
3) I've tried Recuva, but it doesnt recognize my external drive.

Answer:WD EXTERNAL HARD DISK 1TB suddenly "unallocated" and "not initialized"


First don't mess up with the WD drive settings.. download partition wizard 7 (its free)..then .. open it wizard(menu) .. select partition recovery wizard.. and it will find the partitions on it i think.. that way you can recover your partition that has been lost.

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whats the meaning of .ink at the end of all programs.

Answer:what is the meaning of .ink

... that'll be Lnk (link) meaning shortcut link to program... are they meant to be link shortcuts? ... you may of created "shortcut Lnk's" in error when copying to destination?... there are some malware about that'll alter eveything to *.lnk (extensions).Angel Decoy... Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties

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Question: Meaning of this

I tried to get on the internet and I recieved this error message "Socket Initation Failed" can you tell me what it means and how to correct it,once beforeprobably 2 months ago this happened and I reset the computer to a previous date and it worked fine . I tried it again today with no success. all help will be appreciated.


Answer:Meaning of this

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What is the cls in c#.NET ????...........

Answer:What's the meaning of cls in C#.NET ?......

In batch files it stands for : ClearScreen.

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I am using XP Pro SP3 and I have seen this before while browsing TSG forums. Is this something to be concerned about? As usual, TIA

Answer:What is meaning of this??

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I downloaded HijackThis and ran it, but it just gives me a bunch of mumbo-jumbo...

What now? I checked all the boxes and clicked "fix checked" and it warned me that it might delete the stuff forever. So I stopped there.

Answer:What Is The Meaning Of This?

Okay, here is the logs.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 4:43:23 PM, on 12/7/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16544)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\HPQ\Quick Launch Buttons\EabServr.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\FriendBlasterPro\FriendBlasterPro.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http... Read more

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Hello, What are PWA and PCB numbers on the motheboard? Are all MB with identical PWA number the same/interchangeable? I have to change MB and some of them have the same PWA no. but different HP part number. Does it mean they are the same? Thanks in advance,R

Answer:PWA & PCB - meaning?

Hi, i hope this help! All of the following are possible uses, depending on your age, geographic location (slang usage), and where/how you got your training. I'm sure there are more.PB - printed board. the most generic term for a bare boardPWB - printed wiring board, one of the first uses when the issue was only a point to point connection.PCB - printed circuit board, where the width, side to side and multi-layer relationship(spacing) of conductor runs has or is designed to have a specific effect on circuit operation other than just a point to point connection. Circuit impedance is a primary issue. In approximately 1999 the IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee made a mandate to only use the term PCB for all new document development because more often than not the printed circuitry design will have an impact on function.PWA - printed wire assembly - older usePCA - printed circuit assembly - logical to use with the 1999 change to PCB.PCBA - printed circuit board assembly - multiplerequests/comments (strong push) from users and technical committees in Asia and Europe to use this as the preferred term.Embedded active or passive components opens up a whole new range of possibilities as well.While it would be good to have a single term (or pair of terms for bare boards and assemblies) reality is that there are many IPCdocuments of various age using different terms and many more book and magazine article authors, conference lecturers, etc., that pretty much use what... Read more

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Question: ::)) meaning

what do all these end of posts mean::)) or similar?

Answer:::)) meaning

:) is what they call a smiley. If you look at it leaning your head to the left its meant to represent the eyes : and a smile )

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Question: OEM meaning?

What does OEM mean? I see office XP standard for $300 and office XP pro OEM for $270. Is pro not better than standard? If so why is it cheaper and what is OEM?

Answer:OEM meaning?

Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEM disks are those that come with a new computer which already has everything loaded onto it.

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Question: Meaning?

Does anyone know what the following means?Warning: mysql_num_rows(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL result resource


click here=Dont know what causes it though, but it might give some insight into the problem.If its a site your viewing however, then its not your problem and there is nothing you can do about it other that letting the webmaster know.Srory I can't be of more help.Jay

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Hi Guys,

I enter this command : ipconfig/renew

The computer return this : The operation failed as no adapter is in the state permissible for this operation

What's that mean and how to make the command executable?

I use Win XP Pro
Thank you.

Answer:What the meaning of this?

You would usually first enter ipconfig /release. . and the space after ipconfig and before / is necessary

Do you see a network adaptor in Device Manager?

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Is Add-ons something useful? For what?

Answer:What is the meaning of Add-ons?

I think we have a language problem here.Add-ons are something that is added to an application. Something in addition to what the original came with. They can be useful depending an what application it is and what the Add-on does.Stuart

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I've done this a dozen times before, I have a USB kit that allows me to connect IDE or Sata drives. I wanted to give my laptop a boost, so I removed its slow 5400 rpm HD, and was going to install a spare SSD I have laying around. Instead of doing a fresh install of Win 7, I was going to just clone the drives. But when I plugged in the USB connector the drive was not shown in My Comp, so I went to disk mang, where is showed as disk 7 and not initialized. I tried to tried to initialize, but it just says device not ready.

Answer:Not initialized - HD

You may have to attach it to an actual SATA port to initialize it.

I say this because I have the same problem with a USB to SATA adapter. If the disk hasn't been partitioned, it won't partition when connected up to the USB adapter. I have to initialize it inside my computer on a real SATA port. It's a pain, but it's the only way to get mine to work, and it's been true of several drives. It might be that yours is the same.

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Settings: XP sp 3

Drive 0 --- 2TB HDD (master) (boot drive)
Drive 0 --- 1TB HDD (slave)
Drive 1 --- CD/DVD (master)

The settings above are working fine for longtime.

Just add on:

Drive 2 --- 2TB HDD (master) --> Can see the HDD but can not initialized in Disk Management, don't see any options to initialize the HDD.

I'm new here, please give me some helps.



Answer:New 2TB HDD on XP SP3 not initialized, Help

These are two screen captures, any ideas? please give advices.

Thanks, Danny

I right click on the Disk 2, don't see any initialize option.

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A week ago I downloaded TechSmith's 30 day free trial of Camtasia Studio. The installation appeared successful but when I tried to open the program I got the following:

TechSmith support has tried various things but have not been able to figure this out yet (other than stating that they have had "some problems")... I thought I'd throw this out to the experts!

Answer:CRT Not Initialized?

Let me suggest some stuff you probably tried. Not sure what this program is, though...

This is popping up as a VB6 error, so I would try installing the latest one:

Since the error goes to the monitor, you might be sure your drivers are current. This would include your video card and motherboard.

If that has been tried, tell me what this program does and one of us will help you try other ideas.

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Seems I have messed up a simple task. Bought a new internal 3.5" HDD & on installing it asked to be initialized. Without paying attention I just clicked away. Now I have created a problem. Its 3TB and divided itself into 2TB & 700GB and only offers the 2TB for partition creation saying something about if I proceed the other part will be lost & something about its MBR?

I just want my 3TB (2.7 net) HDD as one big data (no win7 OS) partition. Advice please??

Answer:New HDD initialized - MBR???

To use all of the HDD, will need to be in GPT mode.

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Question: Not Initialized

An external hard drive is not being recognized in My Computer but the drive does appear in disc management. It says not initialized.
What does this mean? If I do this will I loose data?

Answer:Not Initialized

If you initialize it, it will wipe it out.
Then it'll want you to format it, which will surely wipe it out.

This usually is due to a problem with the disk, but I have had the external drive circuitry go bad - yet the hard drive is still good (happens to me with W-D MyBooks). The only sure way to see is to crack the case open and check the hard drive with another connector.

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When I log off from my user account in Windows XP, there is some quick error message that I am not able to read. There is something in it about a *.dll not initializing but I can't see it all before the log off.

Is there a place where these error messages are logged or someway to slow the log off process?

Or perhaps you might have another idea about how to find out what the error is and correct it?

Thanks for your help!

Answer:? dll not initialized on log off

You can try checking the event log. Just go to control panel then click on administrative tool and ti is in there. You may be able to find something in there.

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Hi, I had my second HDD's pin broke (1 pin in the middle) and could not load into window with my first HDD (OS xp) but after a few attempt by trying to fix it manually by sticking the broken pin into the original IDE's cable slot and hoping it close the circuit between the cable and HDD's pin.
Well it did load up to window but still it didn't work 100%, right now my second HDD is detected only in Computer Management and saying HDD Not Initialized, its gave an option to Initialize but getting an error every time I did so. Beside that its didn't give me any other option to format nor creating new partition except a dead end to Initialized.

Help me out here guyz, right now I'm losing my HDD and my files... and how am I about to get all the files back...

Answer:HDD Not Initialized

So which pin exactly was it?

A simple solution would be to get an identical hard drive and replace the PCB.

A more elaborate solution would be to have some skilled electronics guy solder a brand new IDE connector to the drive.

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OK. So this was handed to me by my daughter. She said her pc wouldnt boot. Would go to the splash screen then nothing...
After playing with it, I realised this was due to a problem with the secondary HDD. I removed it and it booted fine. Problem is she has a lot of pics and docs that need to be saved from this drive. Her daughter (my granddaughter) decided she liked to play with the buttons and turned the pc off and on repeatedly which done something to this HDD...

So I connected the HDD to my computer using a gadget that allows me to connect it via USB. now when I go into windows explorer theres nothing there. However, if I go into the computer management app I see it there but is "not initiated". I am at a loss of how to initiate it. Not to mention how to recover the data on the disk...

I appreciate any help you can give me!

Answer:HDD Not initialized!

It is possible that the drive suffered an internal hardware failure that prevents the PC from booting when it is connected internally. And also may have cause the drive uninitialized when connected to your PC via a USB adapter/enclosure. It is possible that an attempt to use data recovery applications would still unable to detect the drive and might further lead to permanent data loss.
In that case, If that data on that drive are much of importance and irreplaceable then a professional data recovery service might have chances to recover your files. You can try consult as they might be able to provide you an honest evaluation about your problem.

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HDD is 'not initialized'
i recently had a problem where my HDD (Seagate 7200.11 640gb) disappeared from My Computer and despite seemingly spinning up ok, it would not access its data, and would not be indentified. I looked a bit more in detail and found the drive was actually showing under Disk Management, not under its drive name, but as its serial number.....and albeit with its disk type as 'unknown' (as opposed to basic or Foreign) and also with the status as 'not initialized'.

I have Windows Vista running.

I looked on a freinds PC (his is Windows XP) and it also showed in Disk Manager, this time with its staus as 'unreadable'.

i have not attempted to actually initialize the disk as yet mainly because it says it will do something to the master boot record.

i have 400gb of my data on this drive and i thought i would ask advice first as the data is not backed up, any suggestions on my next move are it ok to simply go on and initialize the disk, therefore getting my data back?

Answer:HDD is 'not initialized'

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Can anyone tell me what all those obscure names actually mean - Ubuntu ; Hardy Heron ; Mandrake etc? Ive never used the os but am intrigued to learn what
the words stand for. (It took me some time to find out that Windows XP simply meant Windows 'experience' Win95 and 98 were self explanatory, as was Win2000
but I'm stumped to find the meaning of all those "flavours" of Linux...

Answer:Translation / meaning

I think it's all in

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Not very long ago i was convinced (sorry mods    ) that i had a firmware infection of some kind. Thankfully my ol' lady spilled a full cup of joe on the bleepin thing before i lost mind, not to mention more time. Anyway i found this blog entry titled "Exploiting UEFI boot script table vulnerability" i wont pretend i understood even a quarter of what i read - i read the whole page. But seem to get the general gist of it and wanted to know what the professionals thought about it.

Answer:whats the meaning of all this?

Hello there,Firmware infection is very impractical for malware writers as far as I know.Quoting from Malware Study Hall Admin Elise...Firmware is typically a small piece of software coded directly into a device (for example a video card or DVD writer) necessary for the device to function correctly. This code is highly device-dependent, different manufacturers and different models all require specific firmware. For that reason a firmware infection is not only highly unlikely but also very impractical for a malware writer. Someone who wants to create a successful infection not only needs to make sure the malware stays on the system (by making it harder to detect and delete), but also that it is distributed on a large scale. Deploying a firmware rootkit on a large scale is close to impossible as you'd have to write a lot of different versions for different hardware models.Regards,Alex

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Can someone tell me if this new Software will work on Win. XP. It says it was built to work on OSA and OS9 does that mean its only good on MAC?


Answer:New Software Meaning:

What is the full name of the software and from what company ?

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Question: whats the meaning

not wishing to offend anyone with my lack of knowledge ,but can somebody please explain what program abd means.I posted a thread some time ago and the response i got was very helpful but im having trouble getting past this part and the wolf doesnt seem to be about at the mo.

Answer:whats the meaning

Could you post a link to your old post? It may help. Your old posts should be listed if you select "My Postings" from the "jump to" box just below this message, just copy the address & post here.

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i always get these errors in my logs.

Event Type: Error
Event Source: PerfNet
Event Category: None
Event ID: 2004
Date: 9/7/2001
Time: 6:56:13 PM
User: N/A
Computer: BLUE
Unable to open the Server service. Server performance data will not be returned. Error code returned is in data DWORD 0.
0000: 34 00 00 c0 4..

Event Type: Error
Event Source: PerfNet
Event Category: None
Event ID: 2002
Date: 9/7/2001
Time: 6:56:13 PM
User: N/A
Computer: BLUE
Unable to open the Redirector service. Redirector performance data will not be returned. Error code returned is in data DWORD 0.
0000: 34 00 00 c0 4..

Event Type: Error
Event Source: rasctrs
Event Category: None
Event ID: 2001
Date: 9/7/2001
Time: 6:56:18 PM
User: N/A
Computer: BLUE
The description for Event ID ( 2001 ) in Source ( rasctrs ) cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer. The following information is part of the event: .

This is the system event log

Event Type: Error
Event Source: SAM
Event Category: None... Read more

Answer:meaning of these errors??

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I wrote an email to a friend I write to regularly & whose address is in my address book. (OE & OS is ME)I clicked Send and message popped up "you do not have digital ID. the message will be sent but you will not be able to read it in your sent items folder".The message was sent and I COULD read it in the sent items, so it seems unimportant, but can someone please tell me what caused the error message.

Answer:"you do not have digital ID" - meaning?

As far as I can tell, this should only happen if you select Tools - Encrypt when you are composing the message.

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I have noted many files that show-"zero bytes". Does this mean that there is no bytes or somehere between 1 and 999 bytes in the file? I think it means "some" data but less than 1K of data--am I confused?

Answer:Zero bytes-meaning?

It could mean any number of these, but typically it means that it is a file that another application has made. When data needs to be written to it, then it needs a place to go so it can be used later. Some applications will crash if it did not have a place for the data to be placed.

Example: Application makes the file dataforlater.dat. has data that may be needed for later, so it saves it in dataforlater.dat, and closes. If the file did not exist, and it was not programed to automatically make one (a very common practice), then that file would not know what to do, and chances are would return an error message, and the application would close. In the case that the file already exists, then when needs the data, it knows exactly where to get it.

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I am starting to get a little curious, does anyone know what really is happening when these constant COMODO warning are being made, . . ?I am only opening my Note Pad, what does this have to do with security and or my firewall ?I may have asked this or a similar question before but I am still in the dark. .

Answer:COMODO RED X- Meaning ?

I haven't seen an alert like that for Comodo for at least 2 years, which is an age in Comodo development.Time to update to the latest release I would suggest. The release candidate for Comodo Internet Security 4 which I installed today asks very few questions.This is the current version on public release: you only want the firewall you can deselect the av, but you will then get more pop-ups.

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hello dears i have microsoft student account and i download windows 8 with two years key...i have an option to buy something about windows 8 but i never understand what is it...see the picture and please tell is it full time key Windows or any other disk....

Answer:meaning of this message...

It means if you want to have a physical Windows 8 DVD in addition to the digital ISO image you download, you can select it here.

In other words, you have bought or are buying a downloadable Windows 8 install media, an ISO file which you have to burn to a DVD or a USB stick by yourself. Clicking Buy Now (see the screenshot) you would tell the web store that you also want them to send the same install media on an original DVD.


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Looking at cell phone online, a frequent discription is "unlocked". What does it mean?

Answer:meaning of unlocked

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I have used WinDbg after a Windows 7 Home Premium (32 bit with SP1) black screen/re-boot which tells me "probably memory corruption" and then "VISTA_DRIVER_FAULT".

I have attached the Hijackthis file - would appreciate any help!



Answer:hijackthis - meaning?


I have just run Sysinfo.exe which gives

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6200 , 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 953765 MB, Free - 897685 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., 8IPE1000-G/L, x.x,
Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2011, Updated and Enabled



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Is there any way to tell what the processes running on my PC are actually doing or the software they belong to?

Answer:Meaning of .exe files

Try here click here

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Question: Spam Meaning?

Typical pub discussion.What does Spam mean? Is it an acronym or has it been derived from the unpleasant product served up at school?Thanks

Answer:Spam Meaning?

"Specifically Persecuted Advertising Mail" it can also mean "Selective Promotion Advertising Mail".Chris

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Can anyone tell me what it usually means, or what would cause, my ISP's network to go down? Every so often, when I log on and think I'm connected, I can't get to Outlook Express for email or on the internet. When I notify my ISP, they inform me the next day that one of their networks was down....mine. They don't explain what causes this; can any of you techies do so for me?

Also, another small, but annoying, problem I have is that I keep getting notified by Microsoft that there is a critical update for my computer. But when I go to check it out, it's always the same one, some security vulnerability dated April 2nd. I've downloaded this one over and over and they say (each time) the install was successful. Once I wrote them about it but the answer I got back was so technical about correcting the glitch that I couldn't even understand it. Any SIMPLE way that I can stop this?

You great people have helped me out before; thanks in advance for any help or advice you can give me.

Answer:Meaning of ISP network being 'down'

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I am looking at the EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card at, among other video card possibilities. This particular EVGA card is SLI Ready.

What exactly does "SLI Ready" mean? This card itself is not an SLI card, is it? Does SLI Ready mean that it could work in tandem with an SLI card added to one's system at a later time? If so, what would be the necessary specs (memory, memory speed, etc.) of that SLI add-on card to be compatible?

If the EVGA 256-P2-N615-TX card already uses a PCI Express x16 slot, into what would an add-on SLI card fit into?

Answer:Meaning of SLI Ready

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Question: Meaning of Upgrade

I wonder if someone could advise please on the significance of an 'upgrade' software version. I presently have Microsoft Office 97 SBE and am considering buying Office 2003 Pro. Does 'Upgrade' mean that those programs which are additional to my 97 SBE version (eg Access) would not load or run - or is it just that I would/would not be entitled to buy the upgrade version.

Answer:Meaning of Upgrade

I would spend a few pence asking Microsoft Sales or Customer Services that one?

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What is the mean of IP conflict. I seen it sometimes ago on my PC.

Answer:Meaning of IP conflict?

It means you have two IP addresses which are the same on your network. If you get this message, this is bad because any traffic directed to that IP will either work sporadically or not at all.

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Question: meaning of "bump"

in a posting to a helproom I have been told that if I get no answer I should "bump" in order to get a page 1 re-postingplus how does one bump

Answer:meaning of "bump"

Just type the word "bump" in message or title.

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Computer stuck in Automatic Repair Restart LoopRan HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFIMemory Quick Check : FAILEDFAILURE ID : 9CW439-7NT887-XD7WMG-002H03 What does this failure ID mean?

Answer:Need Failure ID meaning

Hello Jaygatt, What were you doing on machine before it rebooted and this problem started? Have you noticed anything different when using your machine prior to it having this error? It seems to me like your machine may be having hardware failure. If you reboot from UEFI are you still stuck in the bootloop? 

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If anyone can define the above question in simple terms I would really appreciate it.

I always thought downloading was when you basically downloaded a song or a movie from the web but not when you were surfing the net - So I'm really confused on what a download is.

My circumstances are I have children who are on the net everyday:
My 8 year old surfs the net for his homework and goes onto his Bebo page.
My 16 year old goes to UTube to check out songs and also has a Bebo page as well as my other two children.
I only go on line when I'm checking my emails or internet banking.

Does the above constitute as downloading?

Answer:What is the meaning to Downloading when on the web?

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so i just bought two 512 sticks of ram from new egg and placed them in my desktop. My computer properties only reads 512. Cpuz reads both sticks and the bios reads bank one initialized and bank two uninialized. it has me going for a loop since cpuz reads both including the no name manf. any thoughts on this would be super!!

Answer:ram not initialized in bios

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Hey all,

I have a Gateway 300s series pc.
Crucial and gateway's site both say the system can handle a maximum of 1 gig (2 - 512 dimms). The system currently has 256. I added a 512 mg dimm of pc133 non-ecc.

When it boots it still shows 256 and the bios shows the 2nd slot as not initialized.

I've upgraded the bios to the latest and cleared the cmos to try and kick start it.
It beeps if i try and boot with just the 512 dimm installed.

Any thoughts?

Answer:Memory not Initialized

Sounds like the RAM is bad or incompatible. I would return it and get a new one. What is the make of the RAM you have purchased?

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