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Windows 7: Drive shows as unallocated in disk managment, does not show in My Com

23 Mar 2014   #1

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Drive shows as unallocated in disk managment, does not show in My Com

I have a Dell Inspirion E1705 laptop. It powers on but nothing on the screen and no keyboard response. Its old so all I want to do is get some files off the drive. Not worried about fixing the laptop. I took the drive out and plugged into my desktop as a second drive. It doesn't show up in Computer but does list in device manager and disk manager. It shows as unallocated space in disk manager. I attached a picture that shows the error when I try to initialize the disk. No other options are available. I've tried using a few file recovery programs but with no luck. What else can I do? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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28 Mar 2014   #2

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28 Mar 2014   #3
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Don't initialize it. You would lose your files. Put it back into the old system and run the system with a live Linux CD. Linux is more tolerant than Windows and might be able to get the files off. You do need, of course, a disk or a large stick to where you can save the files.

If you have no live Linux CD, use this:

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS
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29 Mar 2014   #4
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

While Linux might work, you didn't say which file recovery apps you tried. I have had good results using RecoverMyFiles from Runtime Software. You can download it, install it, and try it out for free. If it finds the files you want, you can go online, purchase a license, and then recover the files.
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