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Windows 7: Brand new WD Elements 3TB drive stopped showing up.

21 Mar 2012   #1

Brand new WD Elements 3TB drive stopped showing up.

Hello i just recived my new WD Elements 3TB Exteral drive and at find it worked fine and i was copy files to it and it seem to of froze and the files stopped copying(using TeraCopy) so i pressed cancel to stop the transfer and it wouldnt stop so i just unplugged the drive and now it doesnt show up in windows anymore. I went into Disk Management and it shows up but i cannot do anything to it. The Initilize disk pops up and i click GBP and it fails and says Media is write protected. Im totally confused can anyone help me fix it?

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21 Mar 2012   #2

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With the drive plugged in, could you post a screen shot of disk management? It might give a clue as to what's gone wrong. Also, open device manager and click on the + sign next to disk drives. You should see your internal drive and the external WD drive listed. Double click on the WD drive and a dialog box with several tabs should open. On the general tab it should indicate if the drive is working properly. If it's not, you should be able to click on a troubleshoot button.
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21 Mar 2012   #3

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot

You unplugged it without using "safely remove hardware"...while a file transfer was running...never a good idea.
Does it show up in Disk Management ? ?
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21 Mar 2012   #4


Right clicking the disk:

Trying to initialize:


Right clicking on the unallocated space:

here are some screen shots
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22 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

I am not sure whether this will help you, but there is no harm in trying.

I am a little bit paranoid when it comes to registry modification. So before trying this, you either backup your registry or use System Restore and create a restore point. ( Make sure that your System Restore works.)

Download Thumbscrew Thumbscrew: Software USB Write Blocker and run it.

Using it you can toggle between write enable and write disable your USB device.

Try to write enable your HDD and check whether your problem is resolved.

Though it is a nice utility, if you do not want to keep it use System Restore to go back or restore your registry to undo the only registry entry it makes/modifies ( depending upon whether it was already there or not.)

Let us know how it goes.
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 Brand new WD Elements 3TB drive stopped showing up.

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