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Windows 7: External HDD showing as local disk

02 Jun 2015   #21
Microsoft MVP


Run the Seagate USB External drive diagnostics followed by a full Disk Check.

This will tell you if the drive is salvageable.

If so I'd use Seatools or Diskpart Clean All Command to Secure Erase wipe the drive then run a full format.

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02 Jun 2015   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Somehow some way my external is working again. When I wanted to do the tests it just started working again. :) :) :) :) very very very very grateful for the support I have been getting from you guys:)
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02 Jun 2015   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Backup that drive as soon as possible! :)
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02 Jun 2015   #24
Microsoft MVP


You need to know the drives exact condition. RAW often means ruined. Run the tests now.
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02 Jun 2015   #25

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Remove this update, run sfc again.

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05 Jun 2015   #26

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Just an hour ago returned to station after a three day 920kms (570 miles) drive. My first instinct was to check what happened in this thread.

I am happy to note the happy ending.

I hope as GoKay suggested you would have backed up all your files and would have run Seatools for Windows also to check the status of the drive as suggested by gregrocker.

Your drive is no longer RAW and is accessible. So if the short and long tests passes you need not worry about the drive. All the same backup your files and give it a zerowipe and format it as suggested by greg before you start using it.

And remember always to back up all your important data and that data should always be available on two media so that you need not panic if one fails.
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28 Jun 2017   #27

windows 10 x64
same problem plz help !

guys i know this is an old thread but i was searching for a fix for the same problem Wamfie had
and i wonder if anyone can help me please
btw my OS is window 10 64 , waiting for a replay
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