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Windows 7: Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized - Samsung M3 Portable

23 Nov 2015   #1
rafaelvidal

windows 10 64 bit
 
 
Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized - Samsung M3 Portable

I have a Samsung external hard disk drive.
It doesn't detect on Explorer.

System Specifications
OS: Windows 10 - 64 bit
Notebook Model Dell - Inspiron 14 - 5000 series (i7 processor intel)
External HD - Samsung M3 Portable - Model: HX-M101TCB/G - Capacity: 1 tb

DISK MANAGEMENT
Sometimes it appears on diskmgmt.msc, but sometimes does not.
Right now it's appearing as "Disk 1 - Unknown - Not Initialised"




DEVICE MANAGEMENT
I can see my hard disk under "Disk Drives" as "Samsung M3 Portable USB Device".


DEVICES AND PRINTERS
My external hd appears in "Devices and Printers" under "Devices".
But cannot be accessed.




MINITOOL - PARTITION RECOVERY
FIRST SCREEN
Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized - Samsung M3 Portable-minitool-partition-wizard.png

It finds the HDD, but "Partition Recovery Wizard" is not able to recover it.





ALREADY TRIED
  • Using another cable;
  • Connecting it in another computer;
  • Restarted computer several times;
  • MiniTool - Partition Wizard Free;





My System SpecsSystem Spec
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23 Nov 2015   #2
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi rafaelvidal,

Welcome to SevenForums,

1. Complete details of your Samsung M3. Model no: ?? Capacity ??
2. Screenshots: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
3. No overlapping screenshots. In the Partition Wizard screenshot I can't see what is behind except that it is an MBR drive.

Please redo your post for the folks here to understand and help you. If you are not in the Americas please change the timezone (UserCP) so that we get to know whether you are sleeping or awake.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Nov 2015   #3
rafaelvidal

windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Hi, jumanji, I'm glad to see you. I have seen you are very active on this kind of problem. *hopes have raised*

1- Samsung M3 Portable - Model: HX-M101TCB/G - Capacity: 1 tb

2- Screenshots of what?

3- Screenshot updated in #1post.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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24 Nov 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

jumanji does this matter? From post #1

Quote:
OS: Windows 10 - 64 bit
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Nov 2015   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rafaelvidal View Post
Hi, jumanji, I'm glad to see you. I have seen you are very active on this kind of problem. *hopes have raised*

1- Samsung M3 Portable - Model: HX-M101TCB/G - Capacity: 1 tb

2- Screenshots of what?

3- Screenshot updated in #1post.
Yep, I wanted you to upload the screenshots to SevenForums servers. Glad you did it. When it comes to HDDs and Data Recovery I am always a pessimist . Easy to gulp if things don't work.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
jumanji does this matter? From post #1
Quote:
OS: Windows 10 - 64 bit
Shouldn't matter as long as the OP was able to access it on Windows 10 earlier. In any case better the OP clarifies it. 1. Whether it was performing on Windows 10 earlier and 2. Whether he could access other USB HDDs/pendrives on his Windows 10.

@rafael vidal, if your local time shown in your post is correct you can go to sleep. Layback Bear has three brain cells. Me, I am afraid have only one or none . Let me mull over your problem and see whether anything fires up my synaptic nerves.

Keep your external HDD under rest till then.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Nov 2015   #6
rafaelvidal

windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Shouldn't matter as long as the OP was able to access it on Windows 10 earlier. In any case better the OP clarifies it. 1. Whether it was performing on Windows 10 earlier and 2. Whether he could access other USB HDDs/pendrives on his Windows 10.

@rafael vidal, if your local time shown in your post is correct you can go to sleep. Layback Bear has three brain cells. Me, I am afraid have only one or none . Let me mull over your problem and see whether anything fires up my synaptic nerves.

Keep your external HDD under rest till then.
@jumanji,
1. it was working earlier
2. other HDDs/pendrives are working on this Windows 10 system.

I was on my way to the bed, yes. Thank you for your kindness and attention.
God bless you.

PS: I can give you TeamViewer access if you want
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24 Nov 2015   #7
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK, it is a great relief that your external drive is not being shown as a Bad Disk in Partition Wizard. ( That is what I wanted to see.)

My first thought is that the Interface electronics inside the enclosure - the SATA to USB bridge - must have failed.

Now install bootice - if your Windows is 64 bit, download the 64 bit version. It is just one single executable BOOTICEx64.exe when you extract that .rar file. You can download it on to a pendrive and extract it or extract it to the pendrive and run it from the pendrive.( At the moment I don't know whether it will run on Windows 10, but think it should. Try. No harm.)

Read this post Lost partitions! (Download link there.)

Run bootice clicking that .exe file. Check whether it can access your external drive. (Have that plugged in before you run bootice.) If it can access your external, post the second screenshot in that post showing sector 0 and and also the partition structure.

Don't worry if your external is not shown. It will be yet another confirmation of the failure of electronics inside. We shall then go to the next step in analysing the situation.

Make sure to safely remove the drive after this test to rest it.

Also tell me whether your external drive is still under warranty.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Nov 2015   #8
rafaelvidal

windows 10 64 bit
 
 

@jumanji,

Bootice sees it, but can't do anything on it.

Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized - Samsung M3 Portable-bootice.png


My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Nov 2015   #9
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Ok, never mind.

We shall now go ahead and try to initialise the drive and see what happens. Not to worry. Initialisation only writes the MBR code in sector 0, brings the drive online and Windows writes the MBR code and unique ID in sector 0. It does not affect any of your data which starts at sector 2048.

What you will do now:

When you are asked to initialise in Windows Disk Management , initialise it as an MBR disk.

If initialisation goes through stop with it. Do not create a new volume and do not format.

If it fails to initialise and puts out an error message, post the screenshot of the error message.

After this close everything and safely remove your external drive.

I shall see your post my tomorrow morning, that is after another seven to eight hours from now and we shall continue.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Nov 2015   #10
rafaelvidal

windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Not under warranty.
I'm more concerned about the data than the hard drive itself.
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