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Windows 7: My computer and other computers can't read the hard drive.

28 Nov 2014   #1

My computer and other computers can't read the hard drive.

I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. My Hard Drive can't be read by the computer but I can eject it.

I tried to use the Disk Management method but no luck.

Please bear with me... This is the first time that's happened to my hard drive so i don't know what kind of info's to say in this forum. Do you have any solution on how to fix it?

Sorry if someone already has a post about this. I may have overlooked it.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Nov 2014   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)

Looks like it's not initialized correctly, or perhaps formatted with a non-Windows file system?

How large is it? It's a WD MyPassport external USB drive? If it's larger than 2TB it must be formatted with GPT. Else it should be formatted with MBR.

I'd suggest you download/install Partition Wizard. Also download/burn the PW standalone bootable CD ISO so that you can boot from it.

First, try the just-installed Windows version of the program (instead of using Disk Management), and see what PW thinks of your external drive if anything. Post a screenshot here if it's informative.

Then, try the PW standalone boot CD and again, does it see the external drive at all? If so, can you create a partition on it (to NTFS) and re-format it using PW? You right-click on the drive (if it's visible) and then select "create partition" from the popup menu, etc,

Just ideas...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Nov 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

you can just right klick and initialize it.

looks like a linux disk, mac disk or a failing drive / shot filesystem.

or you might check the drive with eg seatools. or let a recovery software look at it. eg recovermyfiles
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