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Windows 7: Data Recovery - HDD will not initialize

16 Nov 2013   #1
TBQH

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Data Recovery - HDD will not initialize

Hello forum people!

Firstly thank you for taking the time to assist!
I'm recovering some data for a friend. He has the old PATA WD 500gig HDD and I have it connected through a USB adapter. I am pretty sure the HDD is a storage drive from a Windows XP computer.

The HDD in Disk Management is unknown, not initialized, has the down arrow icon over the HDD icon. When I right click the options I get are - Initialize, offline, properties, help. . When I click Initialize it says "incorrect function".

Suggestions are appreciated!


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16 Nov 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

If you do initialize it, there is a good chance the data will be lost. Can you view any of the data using a live Linux distribution?

Try this, and see if the drive can be accessed:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...cy-backup.html
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16 Nov 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would second Golden's suggestion to use Linux for the job. Try the flash drive version in the tutorial (#3). It is the easiest. That will allow you to copy the data to another disk - if the disk works.

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS
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17 Nov 2013   #4
TBQH

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Well, that worked quite nicely. Thank you very much.

I iso'd peppermint on a usb and started it up and there was the drive. Very smooth and easy.

Consider this solved!
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17 Nov 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Glad to hear that. Never tried Peppermint myself, but that's good to know.
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17 Nov 2013   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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