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Windows 7: Unable to initialize the external drive in Windows 7


03 Mar 2012   #11
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Does the drive work in another computer ok?
What about this?
What OS did you use to add data to the drive?


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03 Mar 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Have you installed WD's Smartware?

If you have it on your PC, open it and somwhere you may have to unlock it.

( That's what I read in another forum. I am just acting as a Post-office. )
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03 Mar 2012   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

hi,
WD Smartware didnt help much as its not able to detect the drive.
This HDD was working until a couple of days back in the same laptop that I'm using now!

I tried it in another laptop with Windows 7, but its not working there too..

Regards
Harsha
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03 Mar 2012   #14
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I may be wrong, but it would appear you or someone did something in the last two days that "broke" the drive.
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03 Mar 2012   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Would I tend to agree with Britton30? Not yet but may eventually if the following does not work. ( I wouldn't even discount that it died on its own without you or someone else causing it. )

1. Are you using an USB hub? Are you using an USB extension cable? If so dispense with them. Also try your drive with another USB cable.

2. Download Thumbscrew from Thumbscrew: Software USB Write Blocker . Extract the Zip to a folder and run thumbscrew.exe. You will have a thumbscrew icon in the System Tray with which you can toggle "Make USB Read only", "Make USB writeable"

Make your external drive writeable. ( requires a plug-out and plug-in for the change to reflect)

If it works post-haste copy all data elsewhere and give the drive a thrashing by formatting it with HP USB Disk Storage Format Utility.

If it does not work, well, you may have to get into Recovery Mode. Most recovery software will fail to see the drive. Someone, somewhere had said File Scavenger was successful. ( I haven't heard of File Scavenger. Google and find about it)

Let us know how it goes.

( And yep, before I tried Thumbscrew, I created a System Restore point. If I do not intend to keep it I shall do a System Restore. Thumbscrew adds atleast one registry entry on write protect if it is not there already. In my case it was not there and so I would like to bring the registry back to its original state if I do not intend to keep it ticking in my System Tray. That said it appears to be a quite useful utility.)
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