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Windows 7: WD My passport essential Not initialized

20 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
WD My passport essential Not initialized

Hi guys, I have a problem on my WD My Passport Essential 500gb.

It is working on my other PC(Windows XP)

But here in my Windows 7 Ultimate it will not initialized. I also tried to change the Drive letter but the options is disabled. Maybe because it is not initialized right?

Here's my screen shot of Computer Management:

WD My passport essential  Not initialized-wd-my-passport-essential.png

Thanks guys



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21 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

anyone?
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21 Apr 2012   #3

7 x64
 
 

Is this on a Notebook computer? If it is your WD Passport is a USB powered device and your notebook is not putting out enough power to full power the drive. You may need a Y USB cable to connect it to 2 separate USB ports at the same time to supply enough power to full power it up. It should then be seen by the computer. No initializing required at that. As long as it is formatted NTFS, FAT32 or exFAT.
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21 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It didnt work both on laptop and PC. But on my XP pc it is working.
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21 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I don't know whether you're aware, but a drive is not initialized until it has a formatted partition on it.

Have you tried to create a new partition on it?

Just right-click the drive and choose simple volume, quick format and assign a drive letter.

If disk management won't play ball you may want to use something like Partition Wizard.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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21 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Your drive is readable on your Windows XP PC. Copy all your files into it or any other external HDD/pendrive.

Download HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.2.3 from Download HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool 2.2.3 Free - Windows-based Format Utility for HP Drive Key or DiskOnKey USB Device - Softpedia

Run it as an administrator and format your WD external HDD.

Check whether it is readable now on your Windows 7 PC.

Note: If you have installed Smartware, uninstall it. It is known to create a lot of problems.
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23 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Seavixen32 & jumanji

Im happy to do those step you both pointed out but incidentally, my friend dropped it and now its not working. Im just hearing a ticking sounds inside and the windows is not detecting it right now.

So I guess I have to buy a new one Thanks anyway and sorry for the late reply.
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23 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'm too late to the party, but did you try right clicking on it and choosing Initialize? If I see that on any of my systems, I always have the option, on the small box where it says Disk 1, to Initialize from there.
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23 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timbog View Post
@Seavixen32 & jumanji

Im happy to do those step you both pointed out but incidentally, my friend dropped it and now its not working. Im just hearing a ticking sounds inside and the windows is not detecting it right now.

So I guess I have to buy a new one Thanks anyway and sorry for the late reply.
You're welcome.

Pity it's come to that, but if needs must, you don't have a lot of choice.
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