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Windows 7: HardDrive USB is no longer working

12 Jun 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
HardDrive USB is no longer working

The HDD was working fine just today when i plugged it.. its no longer showing on my PC,I went in "device manager" and it was there so i gave "update driver" a try nothing worked also went in "disk managment" it was there 'see screenshot 2'
plus when i plug it the light flashes with a beep sound.

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15 Jun 2014   #2

windows 7 ultimate x64

For some reason I had exactly the same problem yesterday. Now in my case I can take some of the blame as I was trying to get the USB drive to do some weird things and I also did some unspeakable atrocities to Windows, but anyway the way I got out of this was to initialize the drive in device manager. I left it as MBR as I need it to boot various other computers. The options to format were greyed out after initializing so I had to do that via diskpart in a command prompt.
Please note that formatting the drive will wipe everything that is on it!
Your uninstalled driver on Alienware is not necessarily a sign of a problem. Are you sure it was not there before you had trouble with the drive? If it wasn't you might want to give old System Restore a try........
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jun 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

It is a Wertern Digital Elements. Right?

What is its capacity?

Was it formatted as a GPT drive?

Also note: While taking the snapshot of Windows Disk Management, go to the top tool bar and click on the two buttons to hide the Console Tree and Action Pane. This will give a full screen view without truncating any drive information. ( In the screenshot you posted, I can't read the capacity, Free Space, %used coloumns of the faulty drive :))

Would you mind posting a fresh screenshot? ( Don't try to initialise and obscure the Disk Map with the Initalise disk window. Again in the screenshot you posted, you could have moved that window a little up, so that one can see the full Disk Map of Disk 1.)
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