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External HDD shown as initialized after PC rebooting!!!

Question: External HDD shown as initialized after PC rebooting!!!

Dear,
I have an external hard disk 4TB (Western Digital MyBook 25DA My Book Series - External Hard Drive | Western Digital (WD)) with bitlocker enabled (and i know the password).
I was working on it and everything was smooth.
I restarted the PC , after it's booting and logging in to windows, I didnt found the HardDisk in "This PC", I goes to windows 10 64 bit' disk management console and a popup window appears asking me if I want to initialize it.
Any solution do you have for this?

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

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

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

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

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

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I have an Asus Vivotab Smart running full Win8.1 and a Western Digital My Passport 2TB external HDD. The hard drive works fine on other computers running 7, 8 and 8.1. The tablet can read other hard drives fine as well. But this one hard drive will not function on just the tablet. I've tried deleting the drivers and letting Windows reinstall them as well as installing the latest drivers from the WD site. I've tried using a different cord, a different adapter and other USB devices on the tablet. The HDD shows up in Devices and Printers when plugged in but not Explorer and NOT Disk Management at all. Now if I delete the drivers it appears in Disk Management as an offline and not initialized drive, no drive letter. I can't initialize it and trying to set it to Online results in an an I/O error. When i unplug it and plug it back in Windows appears to be reinstalling it, but then it's back to not appearing in Disk Management at all.

This occurred when it was just Win 8. I upgraded to 8.1 and it worked for about 8 hours. The drive installed and functioned 100% after upgrading to 8.1.....and then just stopped working again. Same issue. Again, the drive works fine in every other computer I connect it to. Every other drive and USB device works fine when connected to this tablet. Just this one drive on this one tablet refuses to initialize.

Any ideas?

Answer:Wd External HDD Not initialized

Tablet might not have enough power thru USB, smaller devices could work and this one is probably pulling too much. If that's the case you can connect it thru an USB splitter with it's own 5V power supply but that won't make it as portable.

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Hi,
 
I'm not even sure what the topic title should be. But I can tell you about my problem.
 
I plugged in a new Bipra 250 GB NTFS external Hard Drive with the intention of using it to clone my C Drive.  A scan of the new drive reported no errors.  However, when I tried to run AOMEI Backupper it quit with this message: 
 
Information Code:4120 
Failed to adjust partition size.
 
Although I could see the drive when I clicked on Safely Remove Hardware, I could not find the drive in Explorer.
 
In Device Manager the disk was listed as Mass Storage Device USB Device.  I tried updating the driver, but MS says the driver is up to date.
 
In Disk Management, the disk showed  as Disk 1  Basic Online.   232.88 GB  - Unallocated. 
 
Online I found information that said to right click the drive and choose New Simple Volume.  I did that. It ran. Still the drive goes unrecognized and I am unable to clone it. 
 
I tried a reboot with the drive plugged in.  When Windows started, I could see the drive in Explorer but a message said:  Location not available.
 
Well, dirty word. -- And now that is gone too and the drive once more shows as unallocated in Disk Management.
 
More info online tells me to partition the drive after running New Simple Volume. But now I'm afraid to do that, and I don't know why that is necessary. 
 
Also in Disk Management Help the in... Read more

Answer:asNew external HD not Initialized?

Can you post an image of Disk Management with the USB drive attached?
 
Edit: You can use Partition Wizard to create a partition in the unallocated space and format it NTFS.

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I have an external hard drive from home (160 GB iOmega) formatted in I believe FAT32 with all my data on it from my iMac. I'm trying to connect it to my new ThinkPad to get my data. It doesn't show up in My Computer, but in Disk Management there is a Disk 1 that has a black bar at top instead of blue, says not initialized on the side, and says unallocated under the bar. Also, when I open Disk Management it offers to initialize my disk, but I fear that would erase my data.

How would I get my computer to read the disk but not erase my data?

Answer:External HD not initialized, need data from it

Welcome to Seven Forums.
Here is a pretty good trouble shooting guide Troubleshoot: Windows won't recognize USB hard drive / fix unassigned drive letter - TechSpot OpenBoards You might want to try some of the suggestions posted.
Fabe

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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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I have a 300GB usb external hdd, when I plug it in it beeps but does not show in "Computer". I right click on Computer/Manage/Disc Management and it shows there as 298GB Disk 2 Not initialized. A box appears, saying you must initialize before Logical Disk Manager can access it. When I click on OK I get the message Data Error (Cyclic Redundancy Check)
If I go to the box to initialize it everything is greyed out.
There is nothing of any importance on the drive so if everything is lost it doesn't matter.

Answer:USB external hdd problem, not initialized.

This youtube video will help you do a chkdsk from Command prompt CLICK HERE if it works you might be able to recover the files.

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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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Can you help me? I got the same problem, sometimes my external driver say it was online, not initialized and some times it RAW, i was watching a movie but i kicked my external driver so it was forced to unplug, since then when i want to plug in it again the driver can't show up
Well this is my friend external driver and inside it my friend have 300gb files please help me

Sorry for my bad english

Answer:external drive say it was online, not initialized, and sometimes RAW

Hi andremarb,

Welcome to SevenForums.

From the description of your problem, I would think that the cable could have got damaged due the unceremonious kick that the HDD received. So as a first step use a new cable and check how your external drive behaves.

If the problem persists, please start a new thread explaining your problem in detail. Furnish full details of your external drive make/manufacturer/ Model /Capacity along with a full screenshot of how the drive appears in Windows Disk Management. Please adhere to the guidelines here Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

In the new thread, even if it is not me - so unreliable these days , some one else can address your concern. So move on with the new thread.

EDIT: Just noted that your post has been moved on to a new thread. But this post still holds - more details and screenshot after changing to a new cable.

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Hi,
I have an WD Elements 1023 external hard drive which I want to connect to my laptop which runs a 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium. When I connect the device, it shows up in the device manager and the driver is installed properly.
However, it doesnt show up as a drive and in the Disk Management, it shows as Disk1 unknown. When I try to Initialize the disk, I get a error that the "The Media is write protected".
Its been a real pain as I have a lot of data init and unable to access it.
It wud be great if anybody could suggest me a solution for this.
Screen shot of how the drive appears in the device manager
https://picasaweb.google.com/114564433723979804644/March3201202#5715608574510479554
Screen shot of how the drive appears in the disk manager
https://picasaweb.google.com/114564433723979804644/March32012#5715607129219976018
Regards
hechesspee

Answer:External HDD not getting initialized in Disk Manager

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

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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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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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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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Hi, thanks for trying to help me with this.

I recently moved and had my external hard drive disconnected and in storage for several months. It is a Western Digital model# WD500H1U-00. It has a separate power supply. There is a blue light on the front that is illuminated all the time, except when I connect the HD, then it will flash. When I got unpacked I hooked it up to my desk top and the computer would not access it. I then tried to install it on my laptop with no success. Since then I purchased a USB cord, with no luck.

This hard drive has a LOT of irreplaceable information on it. Formatting it is not an option.

Kevin at SpywareHammer.com was helping me with some other stuff and suggested I:

Regarding the ext HD, try this please:

1) Control panel===>administrative tools===>computer management===>Disk management

2) You'll Should see a list of Disks, Is Disk 1 listed with no partition letter assigned? if so continue

3) Right mouse click into the disk field, select Change drive letter and paths ===> choose a letter from the drop down, select OK. the HD should now be available.

No luck here either. When I right click on the disk field nothing happens. When I right click on the title block(?) I get: Initialize Disk (faded), Offline, Properties and, Help.
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Answer:WD external hard drive not initialized.

I also downloaded "MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition". That program did not recognize the HD.

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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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Hi I have a wd 2tb external hard drive problem (i think its dead) Yesterday my hdd was working fine i powered down went to bed this morning I couldn't find my drive in my computer.
i opened up computer management and selected disk managment. at the top it shows my c drive and system reserved at the bottom it shows the c drive and drive 1 stating its not initialized.(see attached screen shot)
when i tryed to performe this task it gives me an error of the request could not be perfomed due to an I/O error.

i have checked all cables and replaced this hasnt helped.
i downloaded partition find and mount which shows my hdd but states it has 0kb (see attached screen shot).after scan no visable partitions no newpartitions.
i downloaded the wd hdd wizard and tryed to write 0 to the drive this failed.
I downloaded mini tool partition wizard that cant find the drive.(screen shot)
I took the hdd to a computer store he couldnt find it in disk management.
seatools for windows results cant find it
disk checkup ran results in screenshot cant run self test
HDD scan
all show 0KB no partitions so my question is is it dead???
 

Answer:WD External HDD 2TB not initialized I/O ERROR is it dead???

Hi, papaikolaou1980. Welcome to Major Geeks!

Unfortunately, none of the screenshots are showing here. But, if you've done everything listed in your post and the drive isn't showing properly, I'd say it "died" and if still under warranty, you should get a replacement. If it's a "green" series rather than "blue" or "black", I'd avoid getting another one as there have been many dependability issues with WD's "green" series.
 

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

Answer:1TB WD external hard disk not initialized

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

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Hi all,

I'm having an issue where my external hard drive (WD Passport Ultra 2TB) is not displaying in my computer and is not initialized in Disk Management. This occurred after my computer crashed while I was pulling out data from the external hard drive. Now when I plug in the external hard drive, it has a clicking sound for a few seconds then stops with a blinking light.

I have tried using the MiniTool Partition Wizard and it does not detect it. When I open up Disk Management, it says that I need to initialize the disk before I can access it. I read somewhere that I will lose my files if I initialize this, so I have not done so. The Disk Management also does not show any unallocated space in it. Please see attached image.

Currently I just want to take out all the data from this hard drive before I let this drive go if I can't save it. Is there any hope for me to save my files?

Best regards,
Jeefster

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I have this WD 1TB external drive that stopped working a while ago. I am trying to initialize it in order to perhaps try to recover data from it using a Data Recovery Wizard.

When connecting the drive via USB, it only sometimes shows up in 'Devices and Printers' as connected through USB (ie, it allows me to click 'Eject My Book' in the task bar). When it shows up there, I can also see it in Disk Management as 'Disk 2, Unknown, 931.51 GB, Not Initialized' with a little red downward facing arrow icon.

When I right click the icon (with the red arrow) and choose Initialize, it hangs a bit and then shows an error saying "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error"

When I run 'USB device viewer' (UVCView) this is what shows up next to that device :






Quote:
---===>Device Information<===---
English product name: "My Book"

ConnectionStatus:
Current Config Value: 0x01 -> Device Bus Speed: High
Device Address: 0x02
Open Pipes: 3

===>Endpoint Descriptor<===
bLength: 0x07
bDescriptorType: 0x05
bEndpointAddress: 0x01 -> Direction: OUT - EndpointID: 1
bmAttributes: 0x02 -> Bulk Transfer Type
wMaxPacketSize: 0x0200 = 0x200 max bytes
bInterval: 0x00

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Hi,

My problem is as follows:
External Hard Drive (1Tb WD Elements) that I've been using for a few months now has data on that I would very much like to keep.
It was working fine until yesterday in which I tried opening a VS project which became unresponsive, tried closing everything down and turning off computer which just froze the computer leading to a hard reset (button held for 5 seconds)

Since then the External Hard Drive has not been shown in Windows Explorer and in Disk Management is shown as "Unkown" and "Not Initialized"


The Drive will still be seen correctly in Device Manager and if uninstalled it will say it has correctly installed and is ready to use.


Attempts to recover data or Initialize the drive have not worked and I have followed and looked up multiple ways to recover and other similar cases. I'm fairly certain for the data recovery the drive needs to be initialized (which just throws me an I/O error upon attempting the process) as looking at the Volume section in the properties of the device the size of the drive is listed as 0Mb.


My Last resort is taking it to a data recovery shop and hope they can grab the stuff on there.

Any help is muchly appreciated thanks.

Answer:External Hard Drive Not Initialized

I'm not up on WD Elements. Did that HD come with a form of Smartware, and in that Smartware, was there a utility that would come up and either ask you to type in the user-assigned password or it would automatically type in the saved password and pass same onto The System -- and unlock the WD Elements? I ask because I'm a little familiar with WD Passport, not WD Elements.

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

Please help!
-Zia

Answer:Seagate external hard disk not getting initialized

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

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

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

Can someone please help?

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

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

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

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I have a external hard drive that's not initialized, but it recognizes with a messages pops up saying my drive is ready for use, but it doesn't show up under My Computer. I have a Windows 7 desktop PC that is a Home Premium 32-bit Anytime Upgrade. I'm thinking it's not fried, and I'm thinking that way because I received the message it found new hardware and ready to use? Or is it dead?

Also, I don't have a spare enclosure, and tools to open it up, so taking it out of the enclosure would be out of the question.

Thank you for any help!
 

Answer:Solved: External hard drive not initialized?

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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 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 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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Hello,
first of all I would just like to point out that I am not a native speaker so I apologize in advance for the mistakes I might make.
I have a problem with my external hard drive. The drive is Verbatim 47512. Last year I unplugged the drive without safely removing it first. When I plugged it in again it asked me to format the drive. As I didn't wanna loose my files I tried using Recuva and it worked. However, the process took too long and I was leaving for ten months the next day so I had to stop the process. I wanted to continue when I got back but the drive wasn't working at all. I couldn't even turn it on. I kept trying and after some time it started to work again. When I plug it in, I can't find it in my computer. But I can find it in the disk management. I'm attaching a picture, it says it's uninitialized and that it needs to be initialized. I don't know what it means and I'm scared it might delete my files. It also says that it's allocated and unknown. https://postimg.org/image/zci27fe6h/
I downloaded MiniTool Partition Wizard and it says that my disk is bad. I don't know how to proceed, can you please help me? Or should I give up?
https://s3.postimg.io/mkjzqz85f/Bez_n_zvu.jpg

Answer:External hard drive- not initialized, allocated

Welcome to the forum if it's blank it's lost the partition you need specific partition recovery software you don't want normal recovery once the partition is recovered file should be there if you Google free partition recovery there is lots of good free ones

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

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

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

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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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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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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.

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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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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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It was working fine the other day, then out of nowhere it just stopped working on my mac, i plugged it into my windows laptop to get a better idea of what is going on, and it says (not initialized, unallocated)

On minitool it says bad disk, and logical type, can anyone explain how to fix this ? I know you have probably gotten this before and gotten bored, but please help me, i mainly just want the files and am prepared to throw this stupid hardrive away

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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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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)

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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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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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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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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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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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Have a 1TB Iomega USB3 external hard drive that worked well on both a desktop and laptop Win7/64 system. Now it shows up as unidentified and not initialized using computer/manage/storage/disk management. Disk Management also gives the optiin to initialize it but I declined because I would like to recover the data. The power light comes on and it spins up with both a USB3 or USB2 connections and is identified as an Iomega eGo drive when I use the USB eject function.
Hard Drive Sentinel does not recognize it at all. Any suggestions appreciated.

Answer:Previously functional USB3 external hard drive shows not initialized

1. Please post a screenshot of Disk Management with your external HDD plugged in. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

2. It would indeed be prudent to recover the data before you try anything else on the HDD.

You may try to access the hard drive booting into a live Linux CD/pendrive.

Download Lucid Puppy (Ubuntu-Compatible Build) v5.2.8 ISO from http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release.htm

It is light and only 132.6 MB.

Make a Bootable pendrive with Rufus v1.3.2 (442 KB) http://rufus.akeo.ie/

It takes less than 2 minutes to create your bootable live Linux pendrive.

For more guidance on the recovery process directly get into the heading Recovering files from the non-bootable Internal Drive - applicable to recovery from any hard drive - in Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer

You may also use this tutorial by Golden http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/256518-peppermint3-create-live-cd-dvd-usb-use-emergency-backup.html to create your bootable pendrive with Peppermint3 Linux.

Lucid Puppy or Peppermint3, in either case you can use Rufus to create your bootable pendrive.

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When I right click on Computer my 2 external HDD's are not shown although they have done in the past, numbered I and F. Can anyone help please?

Answer:External HDD is not shown.

I presume they are plugged in and powered up/switched on? Is the light on each of the external cases lit to show is on? and the usb firmly plugged into ports on pc? Seems funny that both should be playing up at the same time.

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I have a WD MyBook external HD. The PC I have it attached to (a Dell 8200) no longer shows it as being present. It is fine on another PC though so it is not the EHD that has a problem. I have been to Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Disk Management and all are listed except the external drive. When I plug it in after a reboot, Windows finds new hardware and installs it and says it is now ready to use - but it is nowhere to be found. This is a recent development as it used to work fine. It is connected via USB vs Firewire. Any ideas?

Answer:External HD not shown in Explorer

Take a look in device manager and see if there are any yellow flags.
When the device is installed.

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I have an external Samsung drive,1 Tb,which I formatted and wiped. After performing the operation my external drve no longer showed up on My Computer although it did show up in the device manager with yellow ! beside them. See photo. I uninstalled the the ones in the device manager,unplugged my external drive from my computer and from the power,rebooted the computer and plugged the external drive in. Same problem. Any advice?

THIS PROBLEM IS SOLED!!
 

Answer:External Drive Not Shown

WPD stands for Windows Portable Device. It's the driver that allows the USB devices for Media Syncing. It is also required for ReadyBoost to work. The driver is likely corrupted or not installed.

Uninstall the drivers from the Device manager
1. Click start
2. Type devmgmt.msc in Start Search and press Enter
3. In Device Manager locate the USB device, right click on it and select the option uninstall.
4. Restart the computer and check.
For more information you may refer the following link and run the Fixit for resolving USB Device issues:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Tips-for-solving-problems-with-USB-devices
 

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Just got a Seagate 80GB hard drive......going to use it as an external drive. I connected it to my enclosure and it shows up in Device manager but does not show up on My Computer........what am I doing wrong.... I have other external drives that work just fine. Is there something about the jumpers I need to change ???
Win XP Pro

Jim
 

Answer:External hard drive not being shown

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I have a USB drive connected to an Imac to use solely for time machine backups, now I cannot access the drive at all which does not show on computer desktop nor in Finder, might be coincidence but this happened when I refreshed Firefox which is why I need the backups to revert the Mac.The strange thing is as I cannot exit the drive as usual but when I just pull the cable out I get the message Disk Not Ejected properly, I am puzzled as to how I get the message when the drive is not shown at all!

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HAVING CONNECTED A NEW EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE IT SHOWS ON MY" DEVICES AND PRINTERS" AS UNKNOWN DEVICE AND NOTHING I DO CHANGES THAT..............FAILED TO INSTALL AT WITS END

Answer:external hard disk not shown in this pc

Hi harehouse
 
No one can help if you don't state the exact model you're using.
 
Regards.

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I bought myself a Maxtor 120 G HDD One Touch.Need some help on the above subject: OS is Win 98 SE - CPU 2800 - 1 G of RAM , the Maxtor driver installed well and is "operating well" under the device manager tab ( 1394 bus controller, OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 without exclamation point),there is an Maxtor icon in the tray and stopping the device seems to work. But the drive is not visible in Windows (explorer) and cannot be addressed for backup, f.i. with Dantz Retrospect. First starting the external drive and then booting the PC (or the reverse) were to no avail. No Maxtor HDD visible in Powerquest Partitionmagic either.I remember reading somewhere that one could alter the Windows View type ? I've several USB2 hardware devices and all work well.Any ideas ?Thanx...

Answer:External HDD not shown in Windows explorer

Right click My Computer\Manage\Disk Manager give it a letter and format it NTFS

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guys, my external HDD file system before was FAT32, now i made it to NTFS using the "convert X: /fs:NTFS" command...

after that, i think my HDD's "used space" went up, what could be possible problems..

i used the convert command because my files in external HDD was worth more than 200gb+, so it would take long time.

also, i checked for hidden files, nothing came up.

here's the pic:

Answer:External HDD, wrong Used Space shown!

ah, ****!!!!!

i just used the "disk cleanup" and there were some gigs worth of files from the "old chkdsk", i removed it and its back to normal..

sux to be me!!

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Hi,When I attach my external harddrive I can't see it in 'This PC'.When I look in 'Device Manager' it shows up as 'EXT HDD 1021' The drivers for this device are not installed.I use the drive to backup my computer.The backup using the external hard drive worked in December 2014.I have tried the external hard drive on my old laptop and it works no problems.How can I get the drivers back?I'm running Windows 8.1 64 bit. 

Answer:external hard disk not shown in this pc

hi ro51,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
If you insert another USB storage device (e.g., Flashdrive) on the same port, are you able to see it in "This PC"  under Windows Explorer? 
 
If other storage devices are not automatically detected, can you try the following:
- Open Device Manager > Other Devices
- Right click on the 'EXT HDD 1021 > choose Update Driver Software > 'Browse for driver software on your computer
- Select Browse and navigate to C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository and ensure that Include subfolders is checked.
 
When finished, hit Next and observe if the USB storage driver gets installed and see if you can now see the USB external HDD.
 
 
Let me know how it goes.
 
Regards

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Ok I have 2 exturnal hard drives that just stoped working, they both spin and sound good but dont show up anywhere on any computer, I have tryed them on diffent computers used diffent incloshers diffent cables they dont show up in easeus partition software, think my controlers went out on both of them but not sure, do u guys know any info that mite help me fix this
 

Answer:External hard drive not shown at all

You could try downloading a copy of Ubuntu to see if it will recognize the drive.
 

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I HAD TO REINSTALL XP ON MY COMPUTER EARLIER THIS WEEK AND INITIALLY THE COMPUTER SHOWED MY EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE/MEDIA PLAYER AND THEN IT VANISHED FROM MY COMPUTER FOLDER.AFTER MOVING IT FROM ONE USB PORT TO DIFFERENT ONES, STILL DIDNT SHOW.IF I SWITCHED THE EX HARD DRIVE ON AND OFF IT COULD SHOW, BUT IF I ACCESSED A FOLDER ON IT IT SUDDENLY VANISHED AGAIN.TRIED TO UPDATE DRIVERS BUT WHEN ITS NOT SHOWING ON COMPUTER DONT KNOW IF IM DOING THE RIGHT THING OR NOT.I'D APPRECIATE SOME HELP PLEASE.

Answer:external drive not shown by computer

Please don't shout (Capital Letters)Try running "chkdsk volume:/r"click here

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hey guyz,plz help me....my prob is as follows when i connect external hard disk to my laptop i.e., z510 it detects the hard drive bt doesnt show it in this pc(my computer)....although when i check device manager the external hard disk is shown their nd in its properties its written that  "your device is working properly" the drivers are up to date......but hard disk is not appearing in thiis pc ...so i cant even open the external hard disk....i m using win 8.1...i have use hard disk of 5 different companies bt every time same prob arises .













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Answer:external hard disk not shown in this pc

Welcome to the Lenovo Community !
 
Go into Windows Disk Management and see if the external hard drive is assigned a drive letter.  If there is no letter assigned then Windows won't recognize the drive.  The link below is for a website that will explain how to use Windows Disk Management and assigning drive letters.........
 
http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/137/~/how-to-change-the-drive-letter-assignment-in-w...

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Hi guys, Recently I've got an Thinkpad L540 and it's pretty cool. But I got a problem that when the laptop is booting while a VGA is plugged in, the boot screen (the screen right after when the laptop turns on) will always be shown on the external Display (Projector).I've already checked the BIOS and it is set to "Thinkpad LCD". I don't know if it'll be fixed with an BIOS update. Thanks for your help. Sincerely, Zero1519













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Answer:The boot screen is shown on external Display

Welcome to the forum!
 
What you're seeing is perfectly normal and the way it's always been on ThinkPads.
 
Don't expect a BIOS update to "fix" it.

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I can hear the drive running, A sound is made when i plug in the device, and I am able to eject it, but the drive does not show up in "My Computer". I know the drive is not faulty, and I know the adapter is working too. This is a IDE to USB adapter in a Seagate drive. The drive is ST316021 as shown in the photos below. I can't get it to show up in my computer. All I can think is maybe virtual clonedrive is interfering with the auto-assigned drive number? C:/D: Is my partioned original drive, F: is a different bare drive I have internally. E: is cd-rom and K: is virtual bluray. The seagate is missing for some reason.
What can I try?

Answer:External HD not showing in my computer but shown in Dev Mgmt

Can you post a screenshot of disk management with that drive connected,

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

It sounds like it doesn't have a drive letter,

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows

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I am also facing the same problem, but I have not used my sd cards/pen drives in any acer laptops. Even my antivirus is not able to detect any virus on the storage device.How to solve it ?

Answer:All my folders in the external drive is shown as shortcuts

Files on Flash/External/Hard Drive Changed to Shortcuts, How to recoverhttp://www.technologynext.org/files...Virus Changed All My Folders Into Shortcuts! http://www.pctips3000.com/virus-cha...

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Following disk failure and XP re-install, my external USB hard disk does not appear when I right click My Computer.It does, however, appear in device manager, which reports that it is working correctly. Obviously, as it has no letter and I cannot see it, I cannot access it. In device manager, when I go to it's properties and look at Volumes, Unallocated space is 476938 MB [the total disk capacity.] Is this where the problem is, and how do I resolve it?

Answer:External hard drive not shown after XP re-install

Right click My Computer select Manage\Disk Management from there, if it is shown either format or allocate a drive letter by right clicking on the partition.

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I'm running Windows 10 Pro, Build 10586.71. Can anyone give me an explanation as to why I have my external hard drives showing twice in File Explorer (see Attachment)

I've had this since the first install of Win 10, and it's driving me nuts.

Answer:External drives shown twice in File Explorer

Use this Tutorial
How to Add or Remove Duplicate Drives in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10
Drives in Navigation Pane - Add or Remove in Windows 10

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I've 640 GB External HDD in which I copied all my backup files (Documents,Excel, Powerpoint,P3 Projects etc).After few weeks when I connected my External HDD to my PC It's observed that all the files has changed to 1 KB with Shortcut mark only. When I clicked on the File proporties I got the target file as <Driveletter>:\deaboog.scr. I've run Superantispyware/Malwarebytes/Spybot Search and destroy , but of no use. Superantispyware showed me that one of the file (SYSTEMVOLUMEINFORMATION_RESTORE) has infected with Trojan.Agent/Gen-FraudTool and has removed , but still the folders are the same 1 KB with shortcuts.I've run the folders in Command Prompt (CMD) and there I can see all the files and folders of all my backups.Anyone has a solution please let me know and it is very urgent since all my Important documents are in this External HDD. ( I've checked the External HDD in Several other PC's and Laptops but the result is same).

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I'm running Windows 10 Pro, Build 10586.71. Can anyone give me an explanation as to why I have my external hard drives showing twice in File Explorer (see Attachment)

I've had this since the first install of Win 10, and it's driving me nuts.

Answer:External drives shown twice in File Explorer

Use this Tutorial
How to Add or Remove Duplicate Drives in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html

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Hi allI am running Vista (latest upgrades installed) an HP laptop.Everything has been fine until recently. ProblemFirst my ethernet cable connected network HD stopped being shown. I used this to transfer large files from my laptop into archive.So I tried to plug in my (tested and working) USB Mass Storage device. The laptop recognises I have plugged in a device, recognises the brand and type and gives me the icon to safely remove the hardware. However, the drive icon is missing completely - it does not show under My Computer. This means I cant save or read onto the disk.Solutions triedI checked the drivers for the USB drive - i can see them under properties and have re-installed them. This didnt fix the problemUnder My Computer, I right clicked Management and tried to re-assign a letter to the drive. The drive is recognised but when I right click on it to re-assign a new letter, the option to assign a drive letter is grayed out.I tried re-installing chipset drivers and ethernet drivers from the recovery diskNone of this workedOther factors which may or may not be importantMy computer over heated about 3 or 4 times a few weeks ago while it was very hot and shut down suddenly. I wonder if some drivers have been corrupted? The drives were not plugged into the machine when this happened.Any help you can provide me with will be gratefully received.Thanks!

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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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yesterday when i plug my external hard drive, it was located in the local disk part and not in the removable devices. how can i change it back to removable?

Answer:External hard drive is shown as local disk

What type of Hard Drive is it? Make, and Model.

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I've named my thumbdrives and eSATA HDD but in Windows Explorer the thumbdrives appear as "Removable Disk" and the eSATA HDD as "Local Disk".
(Named my thumbdrive "VALSTOCK" and eSATA HDD "MEDIA-STOR" back on XP)

Their names show up fine on XP PCs and MACs but not on my 7 PC.
But their names do show up in Disk Management on the 7 PC.

Also I can't rename the drives, they stay as the names above.
But I can rename the internal drives, at least that of C drive as the rest got back the names I gave them when I was on XP.

Tried searching around and found similar problems:
Can't change names for external hard drives - Windows 7 Taskforce
22 common Windows 7 problems solved | News | TechRadar UK
New Hard drive refuses to be renamed from "PenDrive (it's not a pendrive)

Answer:Names of external drives not shown in Windows Explorer

Hi iron2000,

Here's some thoughts:

1. Can you rename files on this drive. I had a similar problem where the drive name wouldn't show and I noticed that my files were read only. So I wrote a script to fix it, it's attached in case it fixes your issue.

2. Take a look at this posts that shows a possible problem with portable apps if that is installed on your USB

3. Can you rename them through the disk management module?

4. Are you logged in with rights to rename drives?

5. Are the drives readable, I know that my USB's appear as Local Disk if they are corrupt.

And a couple of long-shots, worth while mentioning, but I expect you'll rule them right out.
1. Run chkdsk /R /X on them to check that they are sound
2. Ensure all drives are de fragmented so that windows resources are clear.

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Recently neither of connected external devices (iPhone, hard drives) are being shown in the file menu.I have 3 USB slots, and neither of them seems to work as I have connected 5 external drives and an iphone and neither of them shows up in the file explorer as connected (they are all working fine).Opening File Manager doesn't show any of these devices connected.The only external device that shows being connected is a memory card  to transfer pictures from a cameraPlease help to solve this issue

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Im having trouble installing my external hard drive. I
plug it into my USB port and it registers the hardware, but i have no way to access it through "My Computer". When i check it through device manager everything checks out fine, but it still won't give me an icon in My
Computer. What do i do?

help apprciated. Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: External hard drive icon not shown.

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ok so i got a Seagate? 500GB hard disk
model: Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS


Im on a laptop and connecting the drives with a Manhattan hi-speed usb 2.0 to sata/ide adapter with power supply

I open disk management with either one of them plugged in, i can hear the disk is running and all, I see Disk1 appear on my disk manager screen... it says unknown and not initialized right on the left on the virtual disk manager
and when I open this screen, it prompts me to initialize the disk

It says:
"You must initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it."
I mark Disk1 and select Master Boot Record as partition style, and when I click OK, there's an error message saying "the device is not ready"

it worked before, it is actually brand-new.

The first time it was used I installed it and formatted on my laptop running windows 7 64bit, then I tried it on a Mac and it wasn't readable, so it was re-formatted (the guy who did it told me it should work on both mac and windows... ), still empty... now i have this problem, I don't know what I can do.

I have the exact same problem with another seagate? barracuda but this one is 500GB 7200.11 ST3500620AS, this one isn't brand-new, it was on a desktop mac.

pleasee someone help me, I hope I made myself clear, my english is not that good.

Answer:external HDD can't be initialized "the device is not ready"

Hello erickegg69 Welcome to the Seven Forums!

From the screens you have there note the screen that actually follows the first when adding a new drive. That will provide the option for selecting a drive letter.

Before the first screen however look on the square section next to the main volume seen at the left side where it says "unknown". You first have to right click on that in order to turn the drive "online". Once that is done you can proceed to use the add new drive wizard and assign a drive letter.

Upon closing the wizard up you can then open any explorer window or Computer to see a new drive icon with the assigned drive letter you selected since the external drive will then have been initialized correctly.

For use on both Mac and Windows alike you would leave that drive as Fat32 but simply see the drive made active unless you no longer plan to use the drive on the other machine and strictly for Windows use. Once you reformatted the first older drive to NTFS it was no longer cross platform between the two OSs. This is why you had to reformat a second time back to Fat 32.

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I have a WD External SATA 1TB Hard Drive that has ~700 GB of family memories/movies/documents/etc and it is now connected to Windows 8.

The original housing it came in was unsurprisingly cheap and the connection piece broke. I re soldered it on and the connection was made but the drive threw nothing but errors. I figured I messed it up so bought an external case and assembled it. Now however, the drive does not show up under my computer but does in Disk Management.

Disk Management claims that the HD has the full TB unallocated and not initialized. I don't want to initialize it because I don't want to lose the information I have on it. Any idea on how to get this working?

I have downloaded and used the Data Lifeguard available at WD and the External has passed the Quick Test so drivers are all there and working.

Thanks
 

Answer:WD External Drive "not initialized" but has data on it?

Umm, I would try first connecting it back to whatever PC version you were using before (Assuming Windows 7) and seeing whats up.

If that does not work, try messing with the connection that you re-soldered and making sure its all done fully correctly, something may have gotten crossed.
 

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Hi guys ;-)

I hope someone can help me I've been looking all over the net and haven't found any solutions :-(


I have a Maxtor basics 1.5TB external hard drive that's running fine on my vista home premium computer but as soon as I reboot or boot the computer vista says "you need to format the disk in drive". If I unplug the hard drive from the mains and plug it back in everything goes back to working perfectly.

My question is can I make vista detect it correctly in the first place without me having to reboot the hard drive?



P.S

One more thing, when vista is telling me that it needs to be formatted , if I go in to disk management it says that the drive is only 30 something gb and that its a RAW disk.


Thanks for any help given ;-)

Answer:External Hard Drive (Needs Rebooting)

I am not 100% sure that I understand exactly what your problem is. The way I am understanding it is that your computer is trying to boot from your external hard drive (if your external hard drive isnt formatted corectly that is something different). One of the ways to fix this is to change the boot order. When the computer first starts there will be a screen (typically showing the make, HP, Sony, Dell, etc.) that lists options, one of which will be something called settings or something to that effect (on my Asus board I use the Delete key to access the settings, but on others it may be F10, f12 or something else, it should tell though).

In the settings there should be a tab that says boot. In there you should be able to set priority to what you want it to be.

I dont know if this is the problem you are having or if it will even work, but I hope it helps.

Jeremy

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I have searched google for ours trying to find a fix for this but to no avail.

CD drive and virtual drives dont appear in my computer and whenever i put in a dvd nothing comes up.

it appears in device manager and disc management however so i know there is nothing physically wrong with the optical drive. Under disc manager i can see the details about the dvd such as dvd name, size etc.

i tried changing drive letter and path but unfortunately that doesnt fix it. the letter "applies" for a second then disappears again.

any help would be highly appreciated.

also i am using windos 7 with all the updates installed
 

Answer:CD-ROM and Virtual drives not shown in my computer but is shown in Disk management

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Hello,

I have 2 External hard and When they are attached to computer with the USB cable, system keeps rebooting and won't come up so I have to unplug both of them and then system will boot up.
Any help would be great.

Thank you.
~0UnknowN1

EDIT (SOLUTION):
Thanks to experts in this topic and this forum here is the solution:

If anyone have this problem try to disable "Legacy USB". It is in your BIOS feature.

Thanks again. These experts are awesome.

Answer:System Keeps rebooting when External Hard is attached to it

When you have them both attached, Boot up and then go into BIOS and make sure the correct hdd is selected to boot first.

Not sure if that is your issue or not.

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widows xp, Maxtor One Touch 4 640 GB external drive

Answer:Problems rebooting with external drive connec

I would try their forum.http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Maxtor...

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

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

(I've attached screenshots here for your viewing)

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

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

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

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

Hi!

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

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Hi all,
can anyone tell me why I can see MiniDriver smartcards on some systems (7 / 2008 R2 / 2008) in the Device Manager and on other systems (same builds) the simply do not show up? In both cases the drivers are installed and the cards are recognized and work
as expected.
I've seen this on several different environments of my customers now and I cannot explain it :D
What's the catch? A policy?
Thanks!
MMF

Answer:Smartcard shown / not shown in Device Manager on different systems

Ok, figured it out, it's all down to the Certificate Propagation Service. Always thought it justs propagates the certs, but not that it also installs the drivers :)

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Hi all,

I have this external drive that I use as a backup from time to time. I tried to connect it to my comp today but nothing happens. I checked the Disk management and there it is, I can also "remove it safely" by right clicking then selecting it in the taskbar, the only thing I can't seem to do is browse through it.

I tried a fresh reboot without and with it, that was to no avail. I tried connect it to my laptop and that was fine. Here is a screenshot of the disk management if it can help

Thanks for your input

Answer:External HD not in "Desktop" but is shown in Disk management

Are you plugging it into the USB connector you remember you usually use? If so, try a different USB slot, preferably one in the back of your machine.

This is Seagate's HDD troubleshooter page. Scroll down to the end of the list on the left, about a third of the way down and you will see: Troubleshooting a Seagate or Maxtor external hard drive that isn't found in Windows

There are steps there including the one I offered to help solve your dilemma.

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Hello,

I am new to the forum and not sure if this is the correct place for my question, so please forgive me if not. Moreover, I apologize for the long thread but I want to explain in details what happened.

After a system crash, I tried to restore my win 7 from an acronis true image backup file stored on an external USB HDD (WD Passport, 1TB). After booting with acronis true image, I realized that I have another copy of the backup file on a second partition G: on the internal HD, so I restored this to drive C:. Since the system did not boot, I inserted Win7 CD to make a system repair, which also did not work. So I decided to install windows newly from CD. I had the message "Windows cannot be installed into this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style". Following an advice after a search in google, I used Diskpart to clean the targeted volume. I can say I am 98% sure that I selected the right volume and that the external HDD was upluged. Anyway, after this, the installation did not work, but I discovered that the two partitions on the internal HDD had gone. I thought this is not too bad, since I have a copy of all my data on the external HDD. So I installed win 8.1 on a new partition on the internal HDD and kept a second partition for data to be copied later.

Installation went fine. Then I wanted to copy my data from the external HDD. The surprise is: the drive is shown with the name "System Reserved (E", previously, it was called "W... Read more

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Hi,
I have my daughter's computer here, trying to fix it. She's a single mom with not much money so she has no way of taking it in and having it fixed. It started shutting down with a blue screen with a bunch of writing on it that shut down too fast to read. I caught page fault and memory dump. I tried to restore to an earlier date, but it wouldn't do it. I tried a system recovery, and it still did it. I did a full system restore and now after it installs...when it goes to reboot...it goes to the boot options i.e. safe mode, last known good configuration, etc. It does it over and over. Sometimes that blue screen with all the writing will pop up before it reboots. Any suggestions, short of shooting it and burying it, would be much appreciated. She was so excited that her sister gave her the computer and now this!

Thanks,
Molly

Answer:Full System Recovery Then Rebooting And Rebooting And Rebooting.....

Without being able to see the error message, it's hard to tell. But I'd guess it's one of two things: either the hard drive is too full or a piece of hardware, such as a drive or sound card or something, has failed. If the hard drive is too full and there isn't enough RAM to load Windows into, it tries to swap some data over to the hard drive, but being no room, it simply shuts down and dumps the memory. There are things that can possibly be done for this, but more info is needed. If you have upgraded Windows from an earlier version, and the system is a FAT 32 system, you can get in and delete files with a Windows boot disk, such as from Windows 98. Sometimes, you can start the system with something like Ultimate Boot Disk, which uses a scaled-down Linux operating system, and then use included tools to delete or move files.

If a device has failed, the only way to troubleshoot it is to remove devices. If you get lucky, you can find the bad one.

When you restored Windows, I'm guessing you did an over-the-top reinstall, and didn't lose any data, is that right? Or did you do a complete wipe and restore?

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My 5510 was freezing whenever I tried connecting an external monitor - via a hub or the integrated HDMI port or changing the screen resolution.
It required a hard reboot. It would also freeze sometime during reboot. 
Solution: 
1. Dell replaced the entire motherboard. 
This solved the freezing problem, but it would take a long time before the computer "accepted" any external monitors. The screens would flicker and go blank and come back. This cycle repeated 4-5 times before the screen became stable. 
2. Went back to an older version of the Intel HD p530 driver - 20.19.15.4483. Now everything works well. 
Hope this helps anyone who may be dealing with the same/similar problem. 

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Win 7
Toshiba Qosmio x500
When i plug in an external pen drive or hdd to any of the USB Ports. a box opens & says 
" Location is not Available, F:/ is Not Accessible, Access is Denied"
I can view its icon in My Comp. but when i double click, error occurs.
This started happening all of a sudden. It was working fine until yesterday.
Plz help.  :'( 
Bobbina....

Answer:Any External Hard drive shows " Location is not Available, F:/ is Not Accessible, Access is Denied", this Error is shown all USB ports.

Hi Vincent,
Thanks for your input.
My problem has been solved.
1 chap from another forum suggested it may have been a fault with my AntiVirus.
He made me check the client policy for USB Auto On/Off for external drive scanning.
he suggested me some changes, & now all my usb external drives work... :)
Yayyy..!!!
Thanks all of you.
Regards.
Bobbina..x
(P.s.: hope the problem does not pop-up again...)

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I've tried searching the forums but haven't been able to find anyone with the same problem, so if a thread already exists and I just failed at finding it please point me in that direction.

I have a Lenovo L440 laptop running Windows 10 1607, it has an Intel HD Graphics 4600 video card which lists the last available driver as 15.40 from the 23rd of June 2017.

It has an issue where I connect a projector and I get the flashing display to indicate another display was detected and connected, but nothing displays out to the projector (which is set to use the correct input). I press the shortcut to duplicate the displays and nothing happens. I go in to display settings, and see 5 displays (give or take depending on the laptop) despite only one external one being connected. If I tell it to use displays 1 and 2, nothing, so disable display 2. Then tell it to use displays 1 and 3, nothing, so disable display 3. Repeat this process enough time, it'll eventually come to the display the projector is configured as (sometimes having to add additional displays to what was being shown originally).

It's OK for me to do this as I'm the IT guy, but it's not OK for the staff to do this.

Here is a sample screenshot from another machine with the same problem. Only one external screen (2 in total) is connected.

Some machines with more up to date video cards such as Intel 540's have had driver updates putting them to 15.46, and the problem is thus resolved. It's back to behaving as expected fo... Read more

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hi ,, i have 8 gb adata pen drive , when i tried to format it then it said it is write protected and a searchea software callded hdd low level format and formatted it and it was being shown in explorer . but when i tried to format it default way it was again saying write protected . then i got a suggestion in the net
''1.Go to Run->regedit
2.MyComputer->HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->SYSTEM->CurrentControlSet->Control -> StorageDevicePolicies
3.Delete the StorageDevicePolicies in Your Registry.''
and formatted it in the default way but when i ejected it and re connected then it was not being shown in the explorer...

but when i connected it in the pc then disk security as well as antivirus detected it and when i went to disk management , every thing was healthy and ok . but the problem is it is not shown when i click my computer,,,,i took it to the another pc where it was detected and i formatted it but when conected to my pc then every where it detected except my computer.

Answer:pendrive not shown in my pc but shown in other pc...

second picture is shown when i ipened the disk management and tried to explore from there with the right click.

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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")...
...so I thought I'd throw this out to the experts!
Philip
 

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

I have Windows Vista running.

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

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

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

Answer:HDD is 'not initialized'

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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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