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Windows 7: Cannot access/format external hard drive, please help

25 Oct 2011   #11
therealbenson

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Okay, in the disk list, it shows up as disk 1, says no media, but says 0 gb for both size and free, which obviously isn't right. Should I proceed?


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25 Oct 2011   #12
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Are you sure that it is connected right? You can try, but I don't think it will work. When you connect it, can you hear or feel it begin to spin? What brand of disk is it?
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25 Oct 2011   #13
therealbenson

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yeah it's connected, don't hear any sort of spinning though. Can't remember what kind of disk, it comes from an Acer Aspire One netbook though.
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25 Oct 2011   #14
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

What type of enclosure do you have, USB? and I assume it is a 2.5" notebook disk. right?
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25 Oct 2011   #15
therealbenson

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yep, it's a Rosewill USB enclosure.
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25 Oct 2011   #16
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

It has it's own power right? It is begining to sound like the disk is not functioning.
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25 Oct 2011   #17
therealbenson

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yeah. Anything I can do about that?
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25 Oct 2011   #18
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

If the disk is broken, no. In disk management, when you right click the disk can you select delete partition?
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25 Oct 2011   #19
therealbenson

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

No, I can't.
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25 Oct 2011   #20
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

If the disk won't spin up, there is nothing you can do. Are you sure that the enclosure works?
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