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Windows 7: Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized

29 Jun 2013   #1
Metallo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized

Hi, My DVD Recorder died, so I took out the HDD Seagate DB35.2 and plugged it in my laptop. I get the above message in disk management. I also tried Knoppix 7.0 but the disk does not show up. My scope is to save the content in the disk and move it to my PC, is it a mission impossible? Any suggestion is very welcome. Thanks Alex


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29 Jun 2013   #2
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I'm not sure you will have much luck if the disk is not readable. You can usually use a Linux distro to try to read it, but you've tried that. If it can be read you can also try Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console. Other than that you could try Recuva and see if that will work. But, if the disk can't be read, I'm afraid there is nothing you can do if those 3 options don't help.
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30 Jun 2013   #3
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Metallo View Post
Hi, My DVD Recorder died, so I took out the HDD Seagate DB35.2 and plugged it in my laptop. I get the above message in disk management. I also tried Knoppix 7.0 but the disk does not show up. My scope is to save the content in the disk and move it to my PC, is it a mission impossible? Any suggestion is very welcome. Thanks Alex
First and foremost, I do not understand why you should pull out your HDD for the reason the optical drive was not working. Can you please elaborate your exact problem?

If your HDD for some reason had become inaccessible, you should have tried any recovery on the same machine without pulling the HDD out and you could have run a live Linux pen drive.

Even now I would advise you to go back to your original configuration and try recovery with a live Linux pen drive.
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30 Jun 2013   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I got the impression this was a TV DVD recorder (like Panasonic) or (TIVO) not from a computer. I know from reading the TIVO forums that they use a special type of format on their HD's in the TIVO units.
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30 Jun 2013   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Could be. This again brings to the fore the importance of giving full details of the problem so that people do not misunderstand. In this instance the OP should have indicated the make and model of the DVD Recorder - not a very difficult task.

If it is indeed a standalone DVD Recorder and not the computer optical drive as I misinterpreted, then I am out on this thread.
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30 Jun 2013   #6
Metallo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi, I do apologize for the confusion, it is a standalone DVD Recorder for TV. The brand of the machine is not important, the HDD is a Seagate DB35.2 (ST3160212ACE) and I'm afraid DocBrown is right, the manufacturer has probably used their proprietary format. I expected Knoppix to work, but it seems I'm out of luck. Thanks for your suggestions Alex
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30 Jun 2013   #7
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

If you know the manufacturer, you may contact their tech. support or search in their forum - if one exists- on the possibility of retrieving any data from such failed HDDs. I am sure that many other people could have experienced the same problem.
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30 Jun 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Doc Brown is definitely right. If the recordings originated from a TV, the PC cannot read them because the formats are completely incompatible.
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30 Jun 2013   #9
Metallo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

The company that manufactured the recorder is no longer in business, but this is a problem which is common to any consumer HDD, regardless the brand. Alex
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30 Jun 2013   #10
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

We still do not know what exactly is the error message you got while your HDD was still in the HDD/DVD Recorder, but just out of curiosity I made a small search and here is one user.

"The hard drive crached due to a power failure and I could not access any of my recordings (and the disk was of cause 90% full as always). It just came up with the "incorrect drive info"

The solution: I opened the unit and removed the drive (guide in pioneerfaq.info). I installed the drive in an external USB disk case and attached it to a PC running windows.

An now to the new part: I downloaded and installed the program UFS Explorer Standard Recovery. I let it seach though the disk and it found all of the recordings that could be downloaded to my PC!

I needed to purchase a license for the program (22 Euro), but I used the trial version first. It allowed me to let the program scan though the disk and show me what files it had found (but not to extract any data)."

So if you are still in an experimental mood you can download the trial version of UFS Explorer Standard Recovery UFS Explorer Standard Recovery and check whether it can show your files. Good luck.

Edit: Google "retrieving data from a failed HDD of a DVD Recorder"
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