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Windows 7: Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized - Samsung M3 Portable

24 Nov 2015   #11

windows 10 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Ok, never mind.

We shall now go ahead and try to initialise the drive and see what happens. Not to worry. Initialisation only writes the MBR code in sector 0, brings the drive online and Windows writes the MBR code and unique ID in sector 0. It does not affect any of your data which starts at sector 2048.

What you will do now:

When you are asked to initialise in Windows Disk Management , initialise it as an MBR disk.

If initialisation goes through stop with it. Do not create a new volume and do not format.

If it fails to initialise and puts out an error message, post the screenshot of the error message.

After this close everything and safely remove your external drive.

I shall see your post my tomorrow morning, that is after another seven to eight hours from now and we shall continue.
Give me five minutes* and I'll be able to post the result here.
*it's the required time to power on the external hd

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24 Nov 2015   #12

windows 10 64 bit

Gpt initialization attempt
Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized - Samsung M3 Portable-gpt-initialization-attempt.png

mbr initialization attempt
Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized - Samsung M3 Portable-mbr-initialization-attempt.png

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24 Nov 2015   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

You are overshooting my instructions.

You should only try to initialise it as an MBR drive. Not a GPT drive.

Anyway no harm done since initialisation attempt failed. I think it says it can't do it due to a fatal hardware fault.

You now have to pry open the case, take the HDD out and hook it up as an internal drive on your desktop.

If your HDD is OK you should be able to access it. *yawns*. Can't hold on anymore.
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24 Nov 2015   #14

windows 10 64 bit

I already opened the case, but can't hook it up as slave, because it has no SATA input.
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24 Nov 2015   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

That is a real road block. If the interface electronics is integrated into the HDD with no possibility of separating the HDD and no SATA connectors to connect it as a secondary drive, bad luck. Only Western Digital was doing that and I am surprised that Samsung also had done that.

I am afraid you may now have to take professional help to resolve the issue ( replace the defective interface card with a new one) and recover the data. No DIY recovery is possible.

Professional data recovery personnel may also have a wherewithal to attach a SATA connector to the HDD, connect the HDD and recover the data.For all I know the HDD is good and all data is there but beyond that helpless.
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