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Windows 7: Hard Drive "Not Initialized", "device is not ready",won't recognize

05 Dec 2012   #11
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Another shot in the dark would be to try reading the drive with another computer.


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06 Dec 2012   #12
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Industrial Log View Post
......- In Disk Management when hooked up directly to the motherboard via SATA cable, it lists it as "Disk 2", "Removable" and allows me to designate a drive letter, and change drive letter.. but the drive won't show up. When I type the drive letter ("N:\") in Windows Explorer, it says "Please insert a disk into Removable Disk (N"

So it's not looking good. If anybody has other ideas, perhaps data recovery software to try out, please let me know. And thanks for the advise so far, I appreciate it.
Since Disk Management still shows it as drive albeit as a removable disk, I would think that you should give TestDisk a shot.

Regain a lost drive using Test Disk - An Illustrated Guide

Recover a flash drive turned RAW – Partition Wizard and TestDisk.

Yep, we are shooting in the dark. Let us, in all directions.
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07 Dec 2012   #13
Industrial Log

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well, my story has a happy ending. I brought my dead harddrive into work and let my electrical engineer have a go at it, he has a similar cable to my Drivewire.. he hooked it up to his laptop running Windows 8 and it immediately recognized it (using USB3). We copied the files over and left the drive alone so I could try his cable at home using the drive to see if it worked. It works (via the USB on the new cable setup) on my desktop.

Next I tried my original cable setup (to make this a USB drive), and that works now as well. Somehow I think Windows 8 got through whatever was blocking it and unfroze it. Or I just got lucky.
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07 Dec 2012   #14
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Good to know that. And yep, I do remember having come across such an incident. So I think we should ask OPs to try on a Windows 8 machine as a first step.
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