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


25 Oct 2011   #11

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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
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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

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

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
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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

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

No, I can't.
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25 Oct 2011   #20
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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

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