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Windows 7: Unable to initialize external HDD in Disk Management due to I/O error

29 Dec 2011   #11
joodoo

Windows 7 Pro x86; Pro x64; Home Prem x64; and others....
 
 

diskpart
list disk
select disk 3 (without the parentheses)
chkdisk /f


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29 Dec 2011   #12
tommythecat

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

A quick update:

It seems that the behavior I'm experiencing on Windows 7 x64, I'm also experiencing on Windows XP.

Therefore, it seems that I need to:

1. Try and restore any data I can from the drive
2. Format it and make it usable again.

How can I do that if the drive is not visible in "My Computer"?

Thank you again for all your help
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29 Dec 2011   #13
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Try to access the hard drive with Linux. Mount your external drive and copy the files to the internal drive (if space is available) or to another external drive.

Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer
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29 Dec 2011   #14
tommythecat

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Try to access the hard drive with Linux. Mount your external drive and copy the files to the internal drive (if space is available) or to another external drive.

Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer
Thanks Jumanji! I'll give it a try.

Edit: I see that I need to boot from the USB device that has lucid puppy, but my bios doesn't support boot from USB. Will booting from CD-rom work instead?
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29 Dec 2011   #15
essenbe

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

Does the drive show in disk management? Right click computer, select manage, and select disk management from the left column. If it shows there, right click the drive, select change drive letter and path, then select add. Select a drive letter from the dropdown menu. It should show up in explorer then.
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29 Dec 2011   #16
tommythecat

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Does the drive show in disk management? Right click computer, select manage, and select disk management from the left column.
When I do that, I immediately get a dialog box saying that "You must initialize a disk before Logical Disk Manager can access it" and it shows me the disk. However, when I try to initalize the disk, it fails with the message "The system cannot find the file specified."

Quote:
If it shows there, right click the drive, select change drive letter and path, then select add. Select a drive letter from the dropdown menu. It should show up in explorer then.
The disk is shown as "Disk 2 Unknown" and as not initialized. It doesn't appear in the list of volumes so I cannot change the drive letter.
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29 Dec 2011   #17
essenbe

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tommythecat View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Try to access the hard drive with Linux. Mount your external drive and copy the files to the internal drive (if space is available) or to another external drive.

Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer
Thanks Jumanji! I'll give it a try.

Edit: I see that I need to boot from the USB device that has lucid puppy, but my bios doesn't support boot from USB. Will booting from CD-rom work instead?
Yes, booting from CD will work as well. Once you copy your files off, let us know and we will try to help you reformat the drive with Partition Wizard. Look at option 2.
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31 Dec 2011   #18
rraod

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

If the drive is visible from Command prompt, you can copy the files from command prompt.
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31 Dec 2011   #19
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tommythecat View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Try to access the hard drive with Linux. Mount your external drive and copy the files to the internal drive (if space is available) or to another external drive.

Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer
Thanks Jumanji! I'll give it a try.

Edit: I see that I need to boot from the USB device that has lucid puppy, but my bios doesn't support boot from USB. Will booting from CD-rom work instead?
Yes, you can straightaway burn the ISO to a CD and boot Lucid Puppy from it.( I chose to to do it on a pendrive, since it will be useful to those who do not have an optical drive on their machine )
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05 Jan 2012   #20
tommythecat

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joodoo View Post
diskpart
list disk
select disk 3 (without the parentheses)
That indeed work.

Quote:
chkdisk /f

This didn't work as there's no chkdisk command in Windows 7's diskpart (I typed "help" and it chkdisk didn't appear in the list of supported commands).
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