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


01 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Unable to initialize the external drive in Windows 7

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.

Thanks in advance!
Harsha


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01 Mar 2012   #2
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Welcome aboard.

If you restart with the laptop with the external drive connected, it may recognize the drive.
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01 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I tried it restarting....but it hasnt worked....
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01 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. (On both machines)
 
 

Can you remove the ext. Hard drive from the case?

This may sound incorrect, but it worked for me with the same issue: switch off laptop and ext drive and completely unplug everything from the Ext case, remove drive from the case, reassemble the ext hard drive and plug all components back in before restarting the laptop and ext drive. I have no idea why this worked for me but I hope it works for you too.
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01 Mar 2012   #5
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Does the drive work in another computer ok?
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02 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Can you put out a screenshot of how it appears in Disk Management?

Where was it being used before?
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03 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi all,
Thanks for your responses.

So far I have tried restarting the computer with the external HDD connected, but still it is not getting detected. The same HDD was working fine a couple of days back....suddenly its stopped working and its driving me crazy because all my data is init!


Screen shot of how the drive appears in the device manager
https://picasaweb.google.com/1145644...08574510479554

Screen shot of how the drive appears in the disk manager
https://picasaweb.google.com/1145644...07129219976018
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03 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi,
I checked the diskpart from the command prompt and the disk is listed.

DISKPART> list disk

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ------------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 465 GB 1024 KB
Disk 1 Online 931 GB 931 GB

So does this mean that the external HDD is not physically damaged?

Regards
hechesspee
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03 Mar 2012   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Try posting your Disk Management like this Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums both your link are dead for me.
From what you posted it appears Windows is saying all 931GB space is free.
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03 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi,
Please find the screen shots from device manager and disk manager.

Regards
Harsha


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