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Windows 7: External Hard Drive HELL (Unknown, Not Initialized)

15 Aug 2016   #11
Dolphin Tree

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Eric3742 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dolphin Tree View Post
Thanks Eric. The specs on the new/current enclosure state that it can handle drives up to 8TB.
Don't use enclosure.
Use cable only.
You hard disk is internal SATA hard disk, right.

Go to IT shops to get this Cable only connection.

In the IT shops, you need is the Cable SATA to USB connector
The staff should know.
Without any enclosure.

Cable SATA connect to HDD SATA connector.
The other end, cable USB to computer USB.
It has to be a complete set with power adapter & cable.
SATA short is the power, which connect to power adapter.
It is cheap and easy to connect.
The best part is no limit on the GB.
But USB will use the generic windows driver.
There will not have any issue, been using this for 20+ years since from PATA to SATA & USB.

For 5" HDD, external power adapter is required.
For 3.5" HDD, same as normal enclosure, no need power.

I always use this for ad hoc connection.
Thanks, but am I expecting the drive to be properly recognized by Windows or Linux with this method, given the current enclosure works but the HD isn't recognized properly in any environment?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
OK, you probably had a pre-historic vintage :) WD external that didn't have hardware encryption.

You may now run Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows and check the health of your drive. Software and Firmware Downloads | WD Support

If the drive is not recognised, take it out of the enclosure, hook it up as an internal drive with direct SATA connection to the motherboard on a Desktop and check whether the drive is accessible.

If not run Data Lifeguard Diagnostic again now on the internal drive. If still it is not recognised, end of the story.

If the manufacturer's diagnostic program or any other Data Recovery software fail/s to recognise the now internal drive, no DIY data recovery is possible. It becomes a case for Professional Data Recovery.
I got out my old XP desktop and opened it but couldn't find how to connect the HD. The connectors in the PC are another type. I probably just don't know what I'm doing.

I also have an esata port on my laptop, and i have an esata wire, but it wouldn't fit with the port on the HD. Any way to make THIS work, and would this type of connection be useful in moving forward?

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