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Question: unknown not initialized on window 7

Hi, i got a problem my toshiba drive doesn't show up on my computer and when i went to the driver mangagement it disk 3 and it unknown not initialized. ill try to unstill and restill didn't work can anyone help me please.

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Answer: unknown not initialized on window 7

Hello Chrissy,

Can you open a command prompt by going to Start > Search "cmd" > Right-click on CMD and select "Run as administrator"

Then run the command diskpart and then list disk

Then follow the link below to post it here:
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Hi there,

So I had a desktop with a single HDD running windows XP, the desktop overheated and automatically shutoff. The next time I powered on the PC, nothing happened - no BIOS, no beeps, nothing! The PC was pretty old so I just figured it had run it's course and I was thinking about getting a laptop anyway.

So I got a new Windows 7 laptop, and after a few days of setting it up I yanked out the hdd from the old XP desktop and plugged it into the laptop's USB port via some SATA to USB cables.

Win7 recognized new hardware and and seemed to install the drive correctly as "USB Storage", but nothing ever appeared in the Windows Explorer. I opened up the device manager and under 'Disk Drives' I saw a 'USB Drive' item. The properties on that item seemed to indicate all the drivers and such were properly installed and the 'device was working properly'. Under the 'Disk Management' section, the disk showed up - but it said it was 'unknown' and 'not initialized', so no partitions showed up (it also prompted me to 'initialize' it, which I DID NOT do).

At this point I've tried several recovery programs, but the biggest issue is that none of the programs actually see the drive, so I can't run the recovery at all. I even tried Hiren's Boot CD, but again, nothing sees the drive - although, I think that I didn't properly install the USB drivers, so I may try that... Read more

Answer:HDD - unknown, not initialized

Does this drive spin up at all? Listen carefully for any "clunk" noises. It may well have died.
 

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About 5 days ago my Seagate 3TB Barracuda HDD started running very slow. Transfer speeds dropped to 182kb/s it previously was around 25.6mb/s. So I started backing up as much as I could, but after 5 days and only getting about 300GB backed up I decided to run chkdsk on the drive. That was a bad idea because now I cannot access the drive at all, and I still have 2.12TB of data that isn't backed up.

Drive has been in use since November 2013
It had over 106,000 files on it.



Things that I tried before Chkdsk:

The drive letter used to be M:
In My Computer I had the drive renamed but it changed itself to local disk

Seatools - Passed all the tests when I was able to access the drive. But the drive info said the power on hours were 0 and the drive temperature was 32 degrees F, other external drives were showing around 30,000 power on hours and temperatures around 130-136 degrees F, the one internal drive showed 72 degrees F

Crystal Disk Info - Showed Unknown Drive and no Info

Crystal Disk Benchmark: Took a long time to run but I posted a screenshot of the results

I plugged the drive into a laptop, had the same results

I tried replacing both the power cable in the USB cable, same result

I tried plugging the USB into a USB 2.0 port instead of the 3.0 that it had been in, still the same exact transfer speed

I tried changing the HDD's policies to Better Performance instead of Quick Removal. Same results

I tried to update driver but it says its up t... Read more

Answer:Unknown HDD, Not Initialized (Help)

I may also be worth noting that, all my HDD's are setup for quick removal, but i am unable to right click and safely eject any HDD or flash drive on my PC for as long as I can remember. It always says the drives are still in use.

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i have a hard disk 1 TB (i was 5 partitions)..suddenly it did not open..i treid to open it in disk management software it shows picture 1
i treid to open it with the software minitool partition wizard professional it shows its size is negative
how can i solve this problem

Answer:disk1 unknown not initialized

First thing I'd do is try to run the hard drive manufacturer's disk tools on the drive. It may be dead or dying. Shows as "bad disk" with no file system in PW.

And I'd hope I had a backup of whatever is on it.

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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.

Regards...

Answer:Disk unknown - not initialized

Quote:
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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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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Hello,
New here to this forum. Been searching and reading for the past week trying to get my HDD to work.

I was able to access my external HD about a week ago, watched a movie off it and fell asleep. When I awoke the next morning, powered on my laptop, it wouldn't boot up so I shut it down and unplugged the HD and powered it back on. Plugged the HD back in, computer sees it but not showing in My Computer.

Within Disk Management, it shows Disk1 - Unknown - Not Initialized.

Searched and searched and searched for different solutions, tried different things and still nothing. I have tried PW but not showing up to be able to scan it. I have a docking station so I pulled the HD out and plugged it into that. PW was able to see it but no partitions found. Tried to run TestDisk (per some other help treads instructions) with nothing found.
I have ran EaseUS recovery, recovered some files but none which were readable.

I have lots of important files on this HD and I really need them. Sending it to a professional is out of the question.

I'm currently about to boot up pendrive and see if it sees anything there.

I can post any screen shots and try anything again. I have done nothing but scans scans scans.

Thank you!

Answer:WD My Book 3TB Ext HDD - Unknown - Not Initialized

Hi HAPPYSOk,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

I would have been happy to help you had it not been a Western Digital External drive.

Is your drive's model No. this WDBFJK0030HBK?

Your drive is hardware encrypted and should the interface card that contains the encryption chip and the decryption key fail, even if the HDD itself is good, you can't get your data out by hooking it up as a second drive in a dock or sata connect on a desktop. You can get what data is there inside but it will be the encrypted data.

Your statement "I have ran EaseUS recovery, recovered some files but none which were readable." confirms this.

The only way you can get your data back is to send the enclosure and drive to the Western Digital patronised Data Recovery Partners listed by WD here WD Support / Data Recovery Partners. Only they have been supplied with the decrypt key by WD and they will do it in a jiffy for you.

Free consultation, So get a quote from them and you will never again buy a WD drive, I am sure.

CarltonBale.com ? Western Digital MyBook Drive Lock Encryption ? Failure and Recovery

Good Luck.

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Hello there. This is my first post at this forum.

I have a probably 6-7 years old WD Elements 1TB external HDD. When I connect it to PC via USB I can hear ordinary HDD detected sound and after that it sounds some short beeps at 7-3-3 order. Here are some screenshots of my situation. Is there any way to recover my data stored in this HDD? My priority is saving my data but saving HDD would also be cool

Help me SevenForums-Wan Kenobi you're my only hope.

OS: Win7 Ultimate x64

Answer:External HDD is Unknown and Not Initialized

Jumunji is one of the best recovery techs around! However, I can ask this: Did the computer use the Smartware and DriveUnlock when operations were aok? If so, my best guess is: get the Smartware and DriveUnlock back to the aok-days' operations.

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Please help me to get my important data from my bad hard disk,

I have a segate 500 GB usb external HDD, It was working fine since last 3 years. yesterday i connect this to a XP machine, and start coping some data. the coping speed was very slow, so I restarted the machine in between. After that I LOST MY hdd, it never be back. I tried a lot.. no success till now.
Please help me get my data back:

Answer:How do i fix unknown, not initialized and unallocated external hd?

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news ... but I had almost exactly the same thing happen to me on a Seagate 2TB hard drive. Working for months, even passing surface checks with no errors and then, one day -- "bad disk".

I've tried every data recovery app I could find against it (4 of them) and none of them find anything.

I've had drives fail me over the years and have never run into this situation where the drive powers up but NOTHING can be recovered from it.

So, I've resorted to sending it off to a local data recovery outfit

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Yesterday while using my computer my secondary drive / storage drive disappeared. I can see it in Disk Management, but I tried to use MiniTool, but it cannot see the drive. I have attached a screen shot for more info.

Is it KIA or recoverable long enough to save a couple files at least?

Thanks!

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Hi

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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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.

CK_WD

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Hey guys,

I have this new Western Digital My Book that I got about 6 months ago and it suddenly will not show up when I plug it in. I tried looking for solutions on what's happening but I can't get past the first few steps, until I found one where it says that the drive is probably toasted! Anyway, I'm still not giving up hope. I tried it on two computers, I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver but it's still the same. I tried initializing it and it's giving me "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error". I would like to chkdsk it but I forgot what the drive letter of the hard drive, so I can't really search it.

Here're some screenshots.


Also didthis :

Thanks for your time!

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Hi,

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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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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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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Hello to All,
I have a 500 GB external USB drive that I can't access on my wife's Windows 8.1 laptop. I have confirmed that is in good operating condition on my XP PC where I can access all my files but in Computer Management on the Windows 8.1 laptop it displays as Disk 1 with a red arrow pointing down and it says Unknown and Not Initialized. Can someone help?
Thanks
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4500U CPU @ 1.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 69 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 7908 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 940362 MB, Free - 902392 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., Inspiron 5537
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled
 

Answer:External USB Drive Unknown and Not Initialized

With the USB drive plugged in, go to Control Panel > Device Manager. Then see if there are any yellow exclamation marks. Try right click, update driver.
 

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Please help me fix this problem. any information you need just ask me i will tell you all you need.

Thanks in advance

Answer:How do i fix unknown, not initialized and unallocated external hd?

Right click on it and choose Create Parittion. Choose the type of partition. Then format it. I recommend doing the slow format. It may take an hour or so, but I think you're better off in the long run.

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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 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

Hi

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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My external HDD has crashed after unplugging it accidentally while using it. I believe the directory structure has been corrupted. The external HDD shows Unknown, no size, and Not Initialized on the Disk Management screen:

I have tried using MiniTool Partition Wizard as described in this thread.

I'm not sure where to go now to try to recover the data on this HDD.

Thanks for your help in advance.

Answer:External HDD shows Unknown, no size, Not Initialized

Try the Data Recovery tool of Partition Wizard.

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Hello,

My laptop's OS is 64 bit Win 7 Home Premium. I've been usng my Portable 1TB WD Elements SE external HDD for over 2 years. One fine day Win 7 displayed "Do you want to scan & fix removable drive G:" prompt. I check marked both subsequent boxes on the prompt and clicked Scan & Fix. After complete execution of the Scan & Fix (after 12 hrs approx) my Portable 1TB WD Elements SE was shown as Unallocated, Not Initialized & Unknown in the Disk Management and clicking on it windows explorer My Computer window showed the HDD with a Letter but on clicking it an error pop-up with text "Drive G: is inaccessible. Access Denied." was displayed. However, I can still see a "Safely Remove Hardware" icon that gives me a successfully removed hardware message.

I need to recover the data present on the Portable 1TB WD Elements SE external HDD.

So far I've tried Free Trial versions of RecoverMyFiles(Extended Scan), Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery(Extended Scan), Kernell Data Recovery (Extended Scan), Partition Wizard MiniTools (Quick Scan). All of them have scanned the HDD for 12 hours approximately without locating any files for recovery. Partition Wizard MiniTools detected the HDD as a Bad Disk.

Subsequently I tried PhotoRec. It scanned the HDD for 24 hours without any positive result. During pass 0 & pass 1, scanning it kept displaying error reading sector "so and so". But the files didn't populate in the recovery fo... Read more

Answer:Portable 1TB WD Elements SE Un-allocated, Not Initialized & Unknown

Hi

The symptoms you posted clearly indicates a hardware issue.






Quote:

Subsequently I tried PhotoRec. It scanned the HDD for 24 hours without any positive result. During pass 0 & pass 1, scanning it kept displaying error reading sector "so and so".



It means the disk surface is severely damaged (has developed pretty huge number of bad sectors ). At this point, Imaging the disk and working on the copy is the best step you can do. I would suggest ;

- Create a RAW disk image using "ddrescue". Since your HDD is a 2TB one, you need a larger capacity drive like 3TB one to store the image.

- Try the trial versions of "GetDataBack" and "R-Studio" on the RAW image. Both supports working with disk images created by "dd" and "ddrescue".
GetDataBack for NTFS Tutorial on scanning an image - YouTube

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Hello,

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!
Variable

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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
Unknown
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 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 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

DISK MANAGEMENT

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


DEVICE MANAGEMENT

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

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


MINITOOL - PARTITION RECOVERY

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

ALREADY TRIED
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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It is my brother's hard drive & it has very important data related to his working. It is a 2tb WD my passport ultra external hard disk which was used as NTFS with only one partition.
My brother told me that he deleted some data from the drive by mistake and was recovering the data from the drive but all the windows recovery programs he used just hanged after few minutes (which is also a sign of bad sectors). Then he done the blundered mistake by formatting the drive, the formatting also not completed due to hang situation.

Now the current situation is that the drive is not showing in the windows explorer and when I open the disk management ,the popup came up for initializing the disk either as MBR or GPT. When I try to initialize the disk, it gives me this error:- "The request failed due to a fatal device hardware error". I have attached a few screenshots below.

I have tried cloning the drive with clonezilla, tried booting the drive with parted magic, Hire n boot and system rescue CD but neither of them recognized the drive and some also rejected to boot with the drive attached.
Now currently i am scanning this disc for recovering the lost partition in the 'Partition Recovery Wizard' software according to the advice on some old thread here, but this software has detected my disk as 'bad Disk' in the file System column as you can see in the fifth image, so i don't have much hope with this software.

Please tell me if there is any hope left for drive like try... Read more

Answer:wd 2tb external drive - unknown, not initialized and unallocated

Hello nsingla and I am sorry you and your brother have this problem!

Things don't look so good now. You've done and tried a lot with aim you need, still looks like the drive's partition table and/or file system are corrupted to a stage that prevents other software to work correctly onto the drive.

I could additionally suggest trying to scan and repair the drive. Try downloading the WD ultra Drive Utilities for Windows and see if you could repair the drive:

Support Answers

If nothing works, the drive is probably too damaged and beyond repair. Hope this is not the case. But perhaps the worst part for the drive was the formatting attempt. Which, by definition, would delete everything from the HDD.

Good luck and post back with results!

CK_WD

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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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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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hello there ,
i have a Toshiba hard drive 500 GB it was working fine but suddenly when i plugged into my laptop i discovered it is not working and when i go to disk management it said Disk 2 unknown and not initialized.
i tried to plug it in another computers but nothing changed.
i have many thing in that drive i need them so could you please help me ?
 

Answer:my external hard drive is unknown and not initialized

I assume you have tried another usb cable; that is the very first thing to do.
If you have already done the above, then the next thing I would do would be to pull the drive out of the enclosure and connect it as an internal drive. Note you must have a working desktop to accomplish this task. If that does not work, you can send the drive to a data recovery shop. This last step is NOT cheap so get an estimate. A simple recovery using software can run $250 or so plus the cost of whatever media you want the data copied to AND it goes way up from there.
i have many thing in that drive i need them so could you please help me ?Click to expand...

Data you do not backup is data you do not care about AND you should expect to lose said data. All drives fail; it is only a question of when your drive will fail.
 

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I had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since.

I just got it out as I need some files on it, and when I hooked it up it didn't work: the computer recognized it as a CD drive or something... in Computer it would not show up or show up as just a drive letter ... in disk management it said No Media. I tried it on another PC too to no avail.

After much research, the most likely solution looked to be to get a new enclosure. So I did, but the drive still isn't working, but in a different way.

When I first hooked it up, all looked well: the system tray showed correct recognition of the drive and enclosure type/brand and installed the drivers successfully.

But the drive no longer shows up in Computer at all, and in disk management it now prompts me to initialize the disk, and has it marked as Unknown, Not Initialized.

I have spent all day trying to fix this problem, and have read a million threads on different sites and tried everything, to no consequence. I need the files on the drive, and have tried all of the following:

- booting in ubuntu and knoppix via cd - drive is not recognized

- every major app for this type of problem i saw recommended: seagate seatools, partition wizard, wd data lifeguard diagnostics, power data recovery, find and mount, a bunch of stuff on hiren's boot cd, test disk, etc.

In most cases, the drive was no... Read more

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I had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since.

I just got it out as I need some files on it, and when I hooked it up it didn't work: the computer recognized it as a CD drive or something... in Computer it would not show up or show up as just a drive letter ... in disk management it said No Media. I tried it on another PC too to no avail.

After much research, the most likely solution looked to be to get a new enclosure. So I did, but the drive still isn't working, but in a different way.

When I first hooked it up, all looked well: the system tray showed correct recognition of the drive and enclosure type/brand and installed the drivers successfully.

But the drive no longer shows up in Computer at all, and in disk management it now prompts me to initialize the disk, and has it marked as Unknown, Not Initialized.

I have spent all day trying to fix this problem, and have read a million threads on different sites and tried everything, to no consequence. I need the files on the drive, and have tried all of the following:

- booting in ubuntu and knoppix via cd - drive is not recognized

- every major app for this type of problem i saw recommended: seagate seatools, partition wizard, wd data lifeguard diagnostics, power data recovery, find and mount, a bunch of stuff on hiren's boot cd, test disk, etc.

In most cases, the drive was no... Read more

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I have a 1TB external my passport USB hard disk.It was working fine till last week but when i plugged it in today windows 7 didn't recognize it.I can see the hard disk in Disk management as "Disk1 Unknown Not initialized" but can't see it under my computer.Also the hard disk light is blinking continuously .When i plug it in USB port it tries to read data and the there is a clicking sound.It clicks few times and then it goes completely silent.
I have tried using various partition tools like MiniPartation and TestDisc etc but they don't even recognize the hard disk

Any help is much appreciated. My priority is recovering data I can buy a new hdd if i can recover data.
Please let me know if u need more info.I am posting a screenshot of disk manager for reference.

Thanks!!!!

Answer:Disk1 Unknown Not Initialized error for external HDD

My Passport is Western Digital. Isn't it?

I am not placing much hopes on your drive. It doesn't even show the capacity.

Anyway let us check your drive with Datalifeguard Diagnostics for DOS.

Please see this post and execute. Please help,disk 1 unknown not initialized (western digital external)

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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!!

Thanks,

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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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 had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since.

I just got it out as I need some files on it, and when I hooked it up it didn't work: the computer recognized it as a CD drive or something... in Computer it would not show up or show up as just a drive letter ... in disk management it said No Media. I tried it on another PC too to no avail.

After much research, the most likely solution looked to be to get a new enclosure. So I did, but the drive still isn't working, but in a different way.

When I first hooked it up, all looked well: the system tray showed correct recognition of the drive and enclosure type/brand and installed the drivers successfully.

But the drive no longer shows up in Computer at all, and in disk management it now prompts me to initialize the disk, and has it marked as Unknown, Not Initialized.

I have spent all day trying to fix this problem, and have read a million threads on different sites and tried everything, to no consequence. I need the files on the drive, and have tried all of the following:

- booting in ubuntu and knoppix via cd - drive is not recognized

- every major app for this type of problem i saw recommended: seagate seatools, partition wizard, wd data lifeguard diagnostics, power data recovery, find and mount, a bunch of stuff on hiren's boot cd, test disk, etc.

In most cases, the drive was not recognized at a... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive HELL (Unknown, Not Initialized)

Do NOT initialize it. With a usb stick or dvd Puppy Linux boot firmly in place ready to boot, can you reconnect the WD 2TB drive back to the computer like it was in the old days? Boot Puppy Linux, copy all the data folders and files onto another reliable external media. If that does not work, you might be heading for a local business-oriented computer fix-it place. However, let's see what others here might want to add.

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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 (http://www.articlesbase.com/hardware...s-6907958.html), 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 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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I had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since.

I just got it out as I need some files on it, and when I hooked it up it didn't work: the computer recognized it as a CD drive or something... in Computer it would not show up or show up as just a drive letter ... in disk management it said No Media. I tried it on another PC too to no avail.

After much research, the most likely solution looked to be to get a new enclosure. So I did, but the drive still isn't working, but in a different way.

When I first hooked it up, all looked well: the system tray showed correct recognition of the drive and enclosure type/brand and installed the drivers successfully.

But the drive no longer shows up in Computer at all, and in disk management it now prompts me to initialize the disk, and has it marked as Unknown, Not Initialized.

I have spent all day trying to fix this problem, and have read a million threads on different sites and tried everything, to no consequence. I need the files on the drive, and have tried all of the following:

- booting in ubuntu and knoppix via cd - drive is not recognized

- every major app for this type of problem i saw recommended: seagate seatools, partition wizard, wd data lifeguard diagnostics, power data recovery, find and mount, a bunch of stuff on hiren's boot cd, test disk, etc.

In most cases, the drive was not recognized at a... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive HELL (Unknown, Not Initialized)

Do NOT initialize it. With a usb stick or dvd Puppy Linux boot firmly in place ready to boot, can you reconnect the WD 2TB drive back to the computer like it was in the old days? Boot Puppy Linux, copy all the data folders and files onto another reliable external media. If that does not work, you might be heading for a local business-oriented computer fix-it place. However, let's see what others here might want to add.

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Hello
I got my 1tB WD external disk and it's not working as it used to. The problem came from nowhere, suddenly, totally unexpected. There is/was my precious data on it which I collected for 10+ years and I'd like not to lose it.

Origin:
It was working fine a day ago, no problems occured. Hasn't been unplugged since then. Has never fallen. Has never had any kind of error. But: I've seen some kind of ".COM not responding" problem on my PC (don't remember, closed it immediately). I believe my laptop is in a good and healthy condition.

So, what my WD HDD does is:
- it can be seen as a device by my computer. I can plug it out safely.
- diode shows that it's working (not showing the data transfer activity)
- nothing else

What I see in Device Management/Storage is (as in the title):
Screenshot by Lightshot

What programs I used to try to restore partition:
- Mini tool Partition Recovery Home Edition (quick and deep scan, no results. Shows disk as a Bad Disk)
http://prntscr.com/2wpy8s
- Mini tool Power Data Recovery (pro, non-free tool, however after scan there was no results)
- Find and Mount (no results)
- TestDisk (quick and deep scan, no results)

What I haven't tried doing is connecting the HDD directly to the laptop.

Any suggestions?

Answer:External HDD shows as Unknown, Not initialized, Unallocated. Restore?

You should try directly conmcting it. If that does not work, try this: Recover a flash drive turned RAW ? Partition Wizard and TestDisk. Do recovery with partition wizard. (Don't mind the name) But if that does not work, your drive is dead. Like a wise man said, backup, backup, backup!

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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.

https://support.wdc.com/Warranty/dat...y.aspx?lang=en

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Hi Jumanji,

My external HDD (WD) is not getting recognized in my laptop from last few weeks. I have followed different threads but didn't get any working solution.

I have tried below options:

1. Disk management : Initially showing MBR/GPT options but none worked. After that its showing my external HDD as 'Disk1 unknwon not initialized'.

2. MiniTools Partition Wizard : Installed MiniTools Partition Wizard v9 in my laptop however my external HDD is not showing in the tool as Disk2.

Could you please help me to get the issue resolved or recover the data at least.


Many thanks !!

Answer:External hard drive is showing 'Unknown Not Initialized'

Welcome onboard.

External HDD - Western Digital Model No/Name: ? Capacity : ?

Please post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management with only the faulty external connected. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Yesterday, I was working with my PC while my 1TB Seagate external hard (Amazon.com: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 3.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive in Black STAA1000101: Electronics) was plugged in via USB. The USB connection was a little bit loose.

Then when I was plugging a USB flash memory in, I noticed that the external hard was disconnected.
I connected it again, but it didn't appear in My Computer.
Here is the state in Disk Management and Device Manager:



After that, I plugged out the "SATA to USB converter" from the hard and connected it directly to SATA cable inside the PC case (like internal HDD), but this time nothing showed up in Disk Management, Device Manager and BIOS. However, it took a long time for the system to boot.


I searched and read lots of threads and tested some other stuff:





(It didn't appear in Minitool Partion Wizad).

I've got a lot of data on this HDD which really matters to me.
Any help is really appreciated.

Answer:FreeAgent External Hard stopped working (unknown, not initialized)

Here are the screen-shots and images again:

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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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Hey

Yesterday, I was working with my PC while my 1TB Seagate external hard (http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FreeAgent-Ultra-Portable-External-STAA1000101/dp/B0045JLPMO) was plugged in via USB. The USB connection was a little bit loose.

Then when I was plugging a USB flash memory in, I noticed that the external hard was disconnected.
I connected it again, but it didn't appear in My Computer.
Here is the state in Disk Management and Device Manager:

After that, I plugged out the "SATA to USB converter" from the hard and connected it directly to SATA cable inside the PC case (like internal HDD), but this time nothing showed up in Disk Management, Device Manager and BIOS. However, it took a long time for the system to boot.
I searched and read lots of threads and tested some other stuff:

(It didn't appear in Minitool Partion Wizad).

I've got a lot of data on this HDD which really matters to me.
Any help is really appreciated.
 

Answer:FreeAgent 1TB External Hard stopped working (unknown, not initialized)

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Hi,

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.

SEE ATTACHMENTS !!!!!!!!!

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 !!!!!!!!

SEE ATTACHMENTS !!!!!!!!!

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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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

Hi

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-BkCVTAmL8

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Hi everybody

Yesterday, I was working with my PC while my 1TB Seagate external hard (Amazon.com: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 3.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive in Black STAA1000101: Electronics) was plugged in via USB. The USB connection was a little bit loose.

Then when I was plugging a USB flash memory in, I noticed that the external hard was disconnected.
I connected it again, but it didn't appear in My Computer.
Here is the state in Disk Management and Device Manager:



After that, I plugged out the "SATA to USB converter" from the hard and connected it directly to SATA cable inside the PC case (like internal HDD), but this time nothing showed up in Disk Management, Device Manager and BIOS. However, it took a long time for the system to boot.


I searched and read lots of threads and tested some other stuff:





(It didn't appear in Minitool Partion Wizad).

I've got a lot of data on this HDD which really matters to me.
Any help is really appreciated.

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Hey,

Yesterday, I was working with my PC while my 1TB Seagate external hard (http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FreeAgent-Ultra-Portable-External-STAA1000101/dp/B0045JLPMO) was plugged in via USB. The USB connection was a little bit loose.

Then when I was plugging a USB flash memory in, I noticed that the external hard was disconnected.
I connected it again, but it didn't appear in My Computer.
Here is the state in Disk Management and Device Manager:




After that, I plugged out the "SATA to USB converter" from the hard and connected it directly to SATA cable inside the PC case (like internal HDD), but this time nothing showed up in Disk Management, Device Manager and BIOS. However, it took a long time for the system to boot.


I searched and read lots of threads and tested some other stuff:





(It didn't appear in Minitool Partion Wizad).

I've got a lot of data on this HDD which really matters to me.
Any help is really appreciated.
 

Answer:FreeAgent 1TB External Hard stopped working (unknown, not initialized)

Hi there Sedhadi,

If your HDD is failing the manufacturer's tests it is probably dead. IF you need to get your data back look for a reputable data recovery company in the area.
Hope that helps.
 

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Hello

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

Quote:
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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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?
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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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Hello,

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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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
Jack

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Hello all,
I'm suffering froma troubling problem with a Windows 7 system.
This system has a boot HDD (C and data storage RAID5 array (D. The system locked up hard requiring a power down to get Windows operational gain.

The sytem is fine now, except the ~3 TB RAID5 array is not seen by W7. The W7 disk managment snap-in reports that the 2793.97 GB "drive" exists, but the status is "Unknown" and "not initialized". Needless to say, the drve was online and contained LOTS of data before the crash. Due to it's size, the drive was GPT.

I ran a synchronize on the RAID 5 array and that finished w/o error, so I assume the actuall array is fine.

Any recommendations for what utllity/diagnostic/etc. to try next?

Further info: The RAID 5 is a creation of the AMD SB750 "southbridge", which uses tech licensed by Promise Technology.
 

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Hi.
Windows 10 Pro

I've just noticed every so often a window appears and disappears before I've had any chance to see what it is.

I've not noticed anything strange in my running processes or services.

Avast, Malwarebytes, Super Anti Spyware, Windows Defender all show everything as OK.

Any way I can find out what it is ?

Thansk

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XP Home, Dell. Firefox in Sandboxie. Pop up of blank window with AVG Icon, title "Web Browser". Task Manager says avgtray.exe.
 

Answer:Unknown Pop up Window

I've removed the screenshot and edited the text as we don't allow profanity, even if it's an acronym. This is a family oriented site.

I assume you just upgraded AVG to version 9? Because I'm seeing a lot of people having the same problem and it seems that uninstalling and reinstalling may fix it.

I would do a full uninstall via the Control Panel first and then run the AVG removal tool to be sure all remnants are gone, then reboot the machine before reinstalling again.

Here's a link to the removal tool:

http://www.avg.com/us-en/download-tools

Let us know how that goes.
 

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Question: Unknown window

Am using SyncbackSE for backing up files and every time I pass my cursor over a backed-up file, a long window appears giving info about FreeRam XP Pro which I do not have in my computer. Syncback say it is not in their software. Is there any way of removing it. Screen shot attached.
 

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Hi all

I have had a big problem with Trojans etc which Fireman has kindly helped me with and my laptop is now working virus free except for one thing. Fireman recommended I put a new topic here as he wasn't sure what it was.

On booting up, once the desktop is open and everything is loading up, I get a window flash up and disappear before anything actually is readable and then have a small window that says "application launcher - unable to load configuration" any idea what they could be or how to find out how what it is?

Thanks in advance for any insights.

Brian

Answer:Unknown window pop up.

Just a guess...it's a startup item remaining from your malware that is now removed. Since it cannot run and the pointer remains...this message is generated.To get rid of it, I would download/install Autoruns...then go to the Logon tab and take a screenshot and post it.AutoRuns for Windows - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb963902.aspx How to take and share a screen shot in Windows - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-take-and-share-a-screen-shot-in-windows/ Louis

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this window is unknown and even after restarting my system, i have this window without any name.
it wont even show in task manager.
any ideas?

Answer:unknown window in taskbar

It looks like the windows explorer is missing its default icon, did you upgrade your windows 7 build or do a clean install?

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Hi everyone,
I just upgraded my HP pavilion dv6-3043tx window 7 Home premium-64 bit notebook to window 10 Home-64 bit. window 10 works completely fine except the one problem. when my Notebook Plugged in for charging i getting many errors like apps close automatically without showing any error Message or on restarting the notebook getting window logon UI.exe-system error etc. But on batteries its just work fine and smoothly without any problem. I think its graphic problem. I am Using ATI Mobility Radeon Premium Graphics (5000 series) Any Solution For That ??

Answer:Many unknown errors in Window 10

Have you tried going to the HP website to see if they have an updated driver?

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For a while now I have had Cmd.exe run 2 pop ups about every hour. I do not know what the pop ups are doing and my attempts to catch them have been a bit lacking.A screen shot I managed to grab while recording my screen: http://imgur.com/9QAXIVf(screen recorded with Open Broadcaster)I have attempted running spybot and malwarebytes but the problem persists.possible other problems:
Sometimes unknown tasks with apparently no purpose will show up in my task manager, which I will promptly end. I suspect they are a product of the Cmd windows.Any advice on how I can catch this thing and get rid of it would be awesome. Thanks!
 
 
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version: 20-06-2016 01
Ran by FRED2 (administrator) on FRED2-PC (25-06-2016 18:34:49)
Running from C:\Users\FRED2\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: FRED2 (Available Profiles: FRED2)
Platform: Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Chrome)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
 
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
 
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
 
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\nvvsvc.exe
(NVIDIA Corporation) C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\3D Vis... Read more

Answer:Unknown Cmd window pop ups every hour

hi,
 
You can run these two tools and we will go from there. Usually only on this site once or twice per day so you may not get a response back from me until the following day.
 
Please download adwcleaner and save to your desktop.
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/
    Right click AdwCleaner.exe and select "run as admin"
    Accept the disclaimer
    Click on the Scan button.
    Once the scan is done, Click the Clean button
    Press OK when asked to close all programs and follow the onscreen prompts.
    Press OK again to allow AdwCleaner to restart the computer and complete the removal process.
    After rebooting, a logfile report (AdwCleaner[S#].txt) will open automatically
    Copy and paste the contents of that logfile in your next reply.
    A copy of that logfile will also be saved in the C:\AdwCleaner folder.
 
Please download Junkware Removal Tool to your desktop.
     http://thisisudax.org/downloads/JRT.exe
    Double click the icon or Right click for Vista/W7,8 and select Run as admin.
    The tool will open and start scanning.
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete.
    On completion, a log (JRT.txt) is saved to your desktop and will automatically open.
    Post th... Read more

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during sign-in for a web site, the attachment, window opens over the web site sign in block. no matter what you do it will come back up and prevent sign-in in the normal location. Does anyone know where its from or even if its anything to do with windows "remember this password". Usually it requires the use of the Esc key being held down until it disappears which also closes the web site. the web site tech folks say its nothing of theirs, so ? only effects one site that I sign into
 

Answer:Solved: unknown sign-in window

It is coming from the "dishnetwork.com" at "Weblogic.
If you feel that you should NOT really be getting this, then you need to contact the website support.
 

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Hey All

Yesterday I was file transferring and walked off and cam back and display was black tried ctrl+alt delete nothing then display randomly stated backup finished file transfers all good then I shut down pc comeback later turned back on and the problem was here??

Problem is: windows explorer is not working properly icons, files and other windows displays, just about every thing windows not working but the desktop works and malwarebytes not working, adobe, usb's, Logitech mouse and keyboard software too???

Have tried

system restore

cmd /sfc

windows defender
windows malware removal tool

Custom build PC:

Operating System
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

CPU
Intel Core i5 4670K @ 3.40GHz
Haswell 22nm Technology

RAM
8.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (9-9-9-24)

Motherboard
ASRock Z87 Extreme6 (CPUSocket)

Graphics
BenQ E2200HD ([email protected])
4096MB ATI AMD Radeon R9 200 Series (Sapphire/PCPartner)

Storage
1863GB Western Digital WDC WD20EARS-00MVWB0 (SATA)
3726GB Western Digital WDC WD4003FZEX-00Z4SA0 (SATA)
111GB Crucial_CT120M500SSD1 (SSD)

Optical Drives
HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH16NS40
HUAWEI Mass Storage USB Device (internet)

Audio
AMD High Definition Audio Device

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I recently acquired a virus which caused various computer windows to disappear and reappear both from the start bar and from my screen. I've scanned for and removed it many times but it keeps coming back. What's wrong? Does anyone know what virus this is?

Answer:Unknown Virus Makes My Window Pop Up

What virus removal tool are you using? What virus is it? It is always best to do this in safe mode with system restore off.  

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When I reboot, I get this annoying window that pops up. It has no file name, only little squares. How can I get rid of this pesky thing? I comes up only when computer is restarted.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Unknown Window Pops Up On Reboot

can you describe further. Could this be a color chart?

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I am getting an window that comes up at each boot with only a "ok" radio button to click on before I see the windows log on screen. There are a few computer characters, no letters or words in the title of the window. I have to click "ok" to get to the log in screen.

I ran Spyhunter and found the zlob.trojan and deleted it but am still having some problems. Each time I click on a program the "Run As" window comes up and I have to uncheck the box "protect my computer and data from unauthorized program activity."

How do get rid of the window at boot and fix the Run As problem?

Windows XP Pro
3.19ghz 2gb RAM

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:31:59 PM, on 7/22/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\avsys\ScanningProcess.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\avsys\ScanningProcess.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 5.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaantmon.exe
C:\W... Read more

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I reinstalled window7 and performed update.
However, 6 installation failed with error code 80070490.

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Really need help. I just upgraded my ideapad u310 ultrabook to windows 8, a clean upgrade. there is one unknow device: ACPI/VEN_AOA&DEV_2011 (details) does anyone know what it is... Plus, does anyone know how to get veriface, onekey recovery back?  Thank you!!  

Answer:Unknown device after window 8 clean install

You have to install the lenovo energy management driverDownload from belowhttp://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles/em8.0.2.3.exeHowever, the software for windows 8 may not work because of some issue from lenovo itself. So you can always use the onse for windows 7 if required. Test the windows 8 software first though.http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/mobiles/cagt25ww.exe





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My younger brother's daughter gave him a desktop about a year ago which runs Windows 2000, but he didn't get around to setting it up until just yesterday. While it was booting up, the logon window appeared with the username name but no password. He contacted his daughter, but she didn't remember what it was. In desperation, he contacted me to see if I could resolve the problem. I've never used Windows 2000, so I'm not sure how. I've read Microsoft's KB article #258289 and forwarded to him, but I'm not sure if it'll help him.

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Answer:Logon Window Appears And Password Is Unknown

Here try this link -

http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
 

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My computer freezes up and randomly restarts. I was told by a buddy that it might be a bad stick of RAM. Before I spend the money I have decided to try hijackthis. Here is my log...

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:14:06 PM, on 10/26/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\SYMANT~1\VPTray.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Valve\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Multimedia\main\launchpd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Symantec\SYMANT~1\NSCTOP.EXE
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
... Read more

Answer:Video Problems and Unknown Window Errors.

Hi David and welcome to TSF.

I would say your buddy is probably correct - your log is clean. There should be plenty of threads on this sort of thing in Hardware or XP.

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I upgraded my T430 (2342-CTO) from Windows 7 x64 to Windows 8 x64.  By "upgrade", however, I mean I clean installed. I grabbed all the drivers from Lenovo's download page, but one device is unknown.  It appears in Device Manager as "Base System Device". Its hardware ID is: PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_E822&SUBSYS_21F317AA After some careful Googling, I found this is the SD card reader.  So, I downloaded g1s808ww.exe, installed it, rebooted, and it still was showing up as an unknown "Base System Device". I opened the INF file from the driver (C:\DRIVERS\WIN\multicard\Driver\risdxc.inf), and noticed that my device was not in this file. The file contains: [Ricoh]%R5U822Desc%=R5U822_Inst,PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_E823[Ricoh.ntamd64]%R5U822Desc%=R5U822_Inst.ntamd64,PCI\VEN_1180&DEV_E823 But, my device is E822, not E823. Did Lenovo post the wrong driver?  Where can I get the correct one?  Google just gives shady "driver download" sites that I do not trust.










Solved!
Go to Solution.

Answer:T430 has Unknown "Base System Device" after Window...

I a solution here: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/T400-T500-and-newer-T-series/T510-4484-Card-Reader-not-working-in-Win8-6...I think Lenovo should post a new version of their driver.

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Hi, I am getting a error message reading "unknown software exception" everytime I close an Internet Explorer window. I can have several IE windows open and they work ok but everytime I try to close one, I get the error message and when I close the error message, it will shut down all IE windows. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

Answer:Unknown software exception error when closing a IE window

What IE version?

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When I play bfbc2 (fullscreen) this comes up and minimizes the game. I really dont know what it is or what it does. I cant seem to get rid of it. I dont really have any unkonwn programs or services on my system.

Answer:Window minimized with unknown entity capturing mousepointer

This is a language input issue. Do you have asian languages on your PC? If you disable them this will go away.

Start> In search box type Region and languages> Enter> Keyboard and languages tab> Change keyboards button

Remove the asian language. That should do it. I think if you use the language bar on the taskbar that a key combo, Ctrl + Space, will trigger that.

A Guy

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Unknown Application secretly opens/closes IE window

I have IE Privacy Keeper installed and set to Auto Clean Up when the last Internet Explorer window is closed and set to show the ?Cleaning up ?? message. When I first connect to the Internet via my ISP (Wal-Mart Connect) and before I open any Internet Explorer window, the ?Cleaning up ?? message from IE Privacy Keeper flashes on my screen. This tell me that some application on my hard drive has secretly opened an Internet Explorer window and then closed that window within the span of a few seconds, presumably to pass information stored on my computer to someone connected to the Internet.

I?ve read and performed the How to: Spyware, Trojan And Virus Removal (http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407) with no luck on fixing the problem. Please tell me how I can find out which application(s) on my hard drive are secretly opening an Internet Explorer window and then closing that window. Thanks.
 

Answer:Unknown Application secretly opens/closes IE window

Welcome

It is very important that you at least try to do everything in the READ ME. If you still have a problem then do the following:

Please try to turn OFF any applications that are not needed It makes it much easier to look at the HJT log.
Make sure you have HijackThis 1.99.1 and follow the guidelines on where to install it and how to post a log as an attachment. This is all covered in the sticky thread NO HIJACK THIS LOG FILES BEFORE READING THIS: HJT Tutorial & LOG File Posting

Now post a HijackThis log as an attachment to your message (Do not post the log inline). All running programs should be closed, INCLUDING YOUR WEB BROWSER, e-mail. Close before running Hijack This!

To repeat: Do NOT run Hijack This from the Desktop, a temp folder, or a sub-folder of C:\Documents and Settings, or choose to run it directly from the downloaded ZIP file. Place it in its own folder for example C:\Program Files\HJT

Good Luck
 

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Multiple users on windows 7 also programs running behind programs ie. Typing over top of mine. Unknown device appears to be server.

Answer:window 7 multiple users and unknown device possible server

you have to go into computer management and click on Shared Folders and identify all the shares. from there goto a command prompt as administrator.type at prompt: net share <share name> /deleteexample: net share ADMIN$ /deleteDo this for each share name and when you go back to computer management they will be removed from shared folders and shares

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Hi,
A week or two ago, my computer started acting kind of funny all of a sudden. It would open up internet windows and different programs with the usual advertising messages. I've been trying to get rid of the viruses or malware that causes this ever since. I've run Ad-Aware, Spybot, AVG, Malwarebytes, and more, which has gotten rid of some of the problems, but some still exist. Whenever I open firefox and try to surf the web, random windows open up with advertisements or ip addresses from foreign countries. A lot of them open with a sagipsul.com address, but its not so much that anymore, just a lot of different addresses. Whenever I start my computer, my AVG reports that it detected multiple trojans and other viruses. I always click heal but it doesn't always work.Also when I start my computer, my windows(xp) automatic updates are always turned off automatically, which is weird. If anyone could help it would be really appreciated!

DDS (Ver_09-01-07.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Ben at 18:54:47.34 on Wed 01/07/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_07
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2047.1348 [GMT -6:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)
FW: COMODO Firewall *enabled*

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svc... Read more

Answer:Random Window Popups: Unknown malware/virus

Hi,* Please visit this webpage for instructions for downloading and running ComboFix:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofixPost the log from ComboFix when you've accomplished that, along with a new HijackThis log.Extra note... I see you have the Comodo firewall installed. This one interferes with Combofix and may damage it, that's why I suggest you temporary uninstall Comodo.

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how can i remove local disk z in windos 8.1

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Hello, I use excel quite a lot but have never seen this, please note the green blocky numbers in image. They change while scrolling in doc but do not seem to correlate to anything.

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Hello, I use excel quite a lot but have never seen this, please note the green blocky numbers in image. They change while scrolling in doc but do not seem to correlate to anything.

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I just formatted my PC and installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Ultimate yesterday (Previously had Win10, but I prefer the stability of Windows 7). However, a window pops up whenever i start up the PC saying "Desktop Window Manager stopped working and was closed. A problem caused the application to stop working correctly. Windows will notify you if a solution is available".
This "DWM.exe" is responsible for the beautiful Windows 7 Aero Theme, and because of this error, I have to stick with the shitty grey opaque theme
I've tried to restart it from the "Services", but with no success.
Following, there's a video showing this problem...

https://youtu.be/8KkLz-rGbxQ

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Hey so I got a virus called Mail.Ru which put a lot of malware programs and extensions on my google chrome. I was able to remove most of them using malware-bytes software. However every-time I start up my computer I CMD opening and saying it's downloading files. Also every half an hour or so my google chrome will open with an advertisement.  Any help would be very much appreciated! Thank you for taking the time to read this.
 
I found a thread here posted recently with a similar solution. So i followed the first few steps and downloaded the FRST scan tool. I clicked on scan and and below I posted the Addition.txt files:
 
 
 
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Version: 01.01.2018
Ran by Aryan (administrator) on ARYAN-PC (01-01-2018 15:24:39)
Running from C:\Users\Aryan\Downloads
Loaded Profiles: Aryan (Available Profiles: Aryan)
Platform: Windows 7 Ultimate Service Pack 1 (X64) Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Chrome)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool: http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/335081-frst-tutorial-how-to-use-farbar-recovery-scan-tool/
 
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
 
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
 
(AMD) C:\Windows\System32\atiesrxx.exe
(Intel Corporation) C:\Windows\System32\igfxCUIService.exe
(AMD) C:\Windows\System32\atieclxx.ex... Read more

Answer:Ad window pop-up every half hour or so and CMD downloading unknown virus files

Is anyone able to help?

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Hi, I have been having some major malware troubles for awhile now..An infected e-mail started it (I think) with a "Security tool" program, which I removed with malwarebytes, along with a few other things. (long time ago, thought nothing of it at the time to keep a log.)Recently some google searches have been redirected to unknown or irrelivent sites.Also, about three to ten minutes after startup I receive an error message: "Generic host processes for win32 services has encountered a problem and needs to close" (etc. It looks similar to a program getting killed by DEP) the error signature (from the more info link in the error) :szAppName : svchost.exe szAppVer : 5.1.2600.5512 szModName : unknownszModVer : 0.0.0.0 offset : 02fcf7a5---end of signature---Next, awhile later another error appears:title: "AXWIN Frame Window: svchost.exe - Application Error"content:"The Exception Privileged instruction.(0xc0000096) occured in the application at location 0c02f4f7a2.click OK to terminate the programClick CANCEL to debug the program"---end---as long as I ignore the dialogs and don't close them the system stays relatively stable (if that's possible in this case)If either is closed, the system will do various things from simply locking up to forcing a shutdown mentioning DCOM services (I have been able to cancel it with shutdown -a )Finally, after a long time (as I type this) the system randomly sleeps (it shouldn't, I have set it to nev... Read more

Answer:Unknown Virus: "AXWIN Frame Window: svchost.exe - Application Error" Google redirects

Hello , And to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum. My name is Elise and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I will be working on your malware issues, this may or may not solve other issues you may have with your machine.Please note that whatever repairs we make, are for fixing your computer problems only and by no means should be used on another computer.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favorites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.-----------------------------------------------------------If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explanation about the tool. No inp... Read more

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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.

Thanks,

Danny

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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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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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")...
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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:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Visual_Basic_Run_Time_d523.html

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

Thanks for your help!

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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 WeRecoverData.com as they might be able to provide you an honest evaluation about your problem.
 

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Answer:Not initialized - HD

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

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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.

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Answer:HDD is 'not initialized'

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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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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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