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Windows 7: External HDD shows Unknown, no size, Not Initialized

31 Dec 2014   #1
caddac

Windows 8 64 bit
 
 
External HDD shows Unknown, no size, Not Initialized

My external HDD has crashed after unplugging it accidentally while using it. I believe the directory structure has been corrupted. The external HDD shows Unknown, no size, and Not Initialized on the Disk Management screen:

External HDD shows Unknown, no size, Not Initialized-disk-manager.png

I have tried using MiniTool Partition Wizard as described in this thread.

External HDD shows Unknown, no size, Not Initialized-minitool.png

I'm not sure where to go now to try to recover the data on this HDD.

Thanks for your help in advance.




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31 Dec 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Try the Data Recovery tool of Partition Wizard.


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31 Dec 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If PW does not work, you could try a live Linux CD.
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31 Dec 2014   #4
caddac

Windows 8 64 bit
 
 

I tried PW but again, the disk is not listed as an option to recover from. I'll look into using a live USB to recover it.
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31 Dec 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is one you can easily make yourself.

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS
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