Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Unable to initialize the external drive in Windows 7

03 Mar 2012   #11
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Does the drive work in another computer ok?
What about this?
What OS did you use to add data to the drive?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
03 Mar 2012   #12
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Have you installed WD's Smartware?

If you have it on your PC, open it and somwhere you may have to unlock it.

( That's what I read in another forum. I am just acting as a Post-office. )
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Mar 2012   #13
hechesspee

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

hi,
WD Smartware didnt help much as its not able to detect the drive.
This HDD was working until a couple of days back in the same laptop that I'm using now!

I tried it in another laptop with Windows 7, but its not working there too..

Regards
Harsha
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

03 Mar 2012   #14
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I may be wrong, but it would appear you or someone did something in the last two days that "broke" the drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Mar 2012   #15
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Would I tend to agree with Britton30? Not yet but may eventually if the following does not work. ( I wouldn't even discount that it died on its own without you or someone else causing it. )

1. Are you using an USB hub? Are you using an USB extension cable? If so dispense with them. Also try your drive with another USB cable.

2. Download Thumbscrew from Thumbscrew: Software USB Write Blocker . Extract the Zip to a folder and run thumbscrew.exe. You will have a thumbscrew icon in the System Tray with which you can toggle "Make USB Read only", "Make USB writeable"

Make your external drive writeable. ( requires a plug-out and plug-in for the change to reflect)

If it works post-haste copy all data elsewhere and give the drive a thrashing by formatting it with HP USB Disk Storage Format Utility.

If it does not work, well, you may have to get into Recovery Mode. Most recovery software will fail to see the drive. Someone, somewhere had said File Scavenger was successful. ( I haven't heard of File Scavenger. Google and find about it)

Let us know how it goes.

( And yep, before I tried Thumbscrew, I created a System Restore point. If I do not intend to keep it I shall do a System Restore. Thumbscrew adds atleast one registry entry on write protect if it is not there already. In my case it was not there and so I would like to bring the registry back to its original state if I do not intend to keep it ticking in my System Tray. That said it appears to be a quite useful utility.)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Unable to initialize the external drive in Windows 7




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Cannot initialize external hard drive (cyclic redundancy check)
My external hard drive is no longer detected by my computer. I can see it under the Disk Management, but it is Unallocated and Unknown. It also says "Not Initialized". I've read some of the suggestions in other threads and I have tried the MiniTool Partition Wizard, but it does not seem to work for...
Hardware & Devices
Windows 7: unable to initialize Disk - because of an I/O error
i have recently bought a 5tb seagate external hardrive when i first plugged it in it worked then i plugged it into my laptop thats running windows 8.1 and it also worked fine but when i tried plugging it back into my pc running windows 7 it wont show up. I tried looking at it computer management...
Hardware & Devices
External HDD Unable to Initialize
So I recently performed a clean install of Windows 7 after dealing several times with Windows failing to start after any reboot. Since then however I haven't been able to get my SeaGate 2TB external drive to be recognized by Windows. I looked into Disk manager and saw this: ...
Hardware & Devices
Unable to initialize external HDD in Disk Management due to I/O error
Hi All, I've recently ran into an almost identical problem that was described (but not resolved) in this thread. In my case, the drive worked perfectly with my system and only recently stopped appearing in My Computer. Also, my drive is still visible and accessible on Windows XP but is not...
Hardware & Devices
Unable to initialize external HDD in Disk Management due to I/O error
Hi all, I am hoping someone would be able to help me out on this problem. I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. Problem: Windows detects my external HDD but doesn't show up in My Computer. Drive is detected in Disk Management, indicated as "not initialized". When I try to initialize the drive,...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:19.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App