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Windows 7: disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

10 Sep 2015   #121
mojo53

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Recovery with Partition Wizard - great program worked first time thanks
jumanji


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10 Sep 2015   #122
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I am glad whatever I had written here helped - I don't remember what I had written.
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15 Oct 2015   #123
MyMaria

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

This thread is giving me hope. Currently experiencing the OP's problem. 1TB WD ext drive, unallocated on disk management, showing as bad disk with MiniTools Partition Wizard. Hoping something good will come out after this scan... It's taking forever.



After a while I decided to cancel the scan as I'm sure there's only 1 partition in this ext HD but I can't double click it.

HELP!



Should I just try to reformat the drive?

EDIT: Okay, so I tried to format it and this shows up:



Now I don't know what to do...
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15 Oct 2015   #124
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Maria, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if the tutorial below may be able to help with the write protection.

Disk Write Protection - Enable or Disable in Windows - Windows 10 Forums
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15 Oct 2015   #125
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi MyMaria,

Try what Brink says, absolutely no harm and you should. ( but honestly I don't have any hope that that will work.. As always I am a pessimist when it comes to WD drives. )

1. What is the Model of your WD drive? Elements / My Book / Passport?

Except WD elements the rest of the models - in both the desktop and portable varieties - have Smartware and hardware encryption in it that can go cranky.

Did you install Smartware? Did you Password protect it?

2. Did you format your drive anytime before to any other file system other than NTFS?

My questions are based on this thread which you may read. How to remove write-protection - WD Community
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05 Jan 2016   #126
drjhawk2000

Windows 10 Home - 64 bit
 
 

I can't get this to work for me. Any help?

HD Drive is a Fantom Drive 500GB (TFD200U2)


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06 Jan 2016   #127
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drjhawk2000 View Post
I can't get this to work for me. Any help?

HD Drive is a Fantom Drive 500GB (TFD200U2)
Hi drjhawk2000,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

How old is the drive?

Is it still under warranty? If not you can open the enclosure, take the HDD out ( I presume that it is a 3.5" SATA drive and can be separated from the SATA to USB Interface card inside the enclosure ) plug it as a secondary drive on a desktop and check whether it shows up and is accessible. ( In this case we don't know whether the interface card or the HDD itself is faulty. And this is the only way we can determine that.)

Note: I shall not be visible in Seven Forums for the next two days. An unscheduled visit to Chennai. Hope others can help you in the meantime.
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06 Jan 2016   #128
drjhawk2000

Windows 10 Home - 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Jumanji. The drive is about 3 years old so it's out of warranty. I'll try your recommendation when I get a chance.
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11 Jan 2016   #129
rafaeldoni

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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hi guys, i have this problem with my hdd ext, seagate free agent go 320gb, can anyone help me?if possible i don't want to format this because i need the files

i already try minitool partition wizard but the scanning is too long, 6 hours and it's stiil 0%, any other method?thx before and sorry for bad english


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11 Jan 2016   #130
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

A quick scan should normally take no longer than five minutes.

Safely remove your Seagate Freeagent Go, and Shutdown your PC. After about half an hour, power on your PC, Plug in only your Seagate external and rerun Partition Recovery Wizard.

Launch Partition Wizard > Click on Partition Recovery Wizard in the Left Pane > Select your external drive >Next > Full Disk > Next > Quick Scan > Next. If on this repeated attempt also the scan does not progress, cancel the scan after five minutes and report.

If the scan is completed successfully, post the screen that shows the found partitions and then Cancel it. Close PW. We can rerun PRW after I examine the posted screenshot .
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