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Windows 7: SSD unrecognized - disk management says "unknown" and "not initialized

21 Dec 2016   #1
jhk

Win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
SSD unrecognized - disk management says "unknown" and "not initialized

My PC wouldn't boot off the SSD (with Win 10 OS). It said there were boot problems and tried to diagnose the problem but it doesn't boot. I'm now using the original HD with Win 7. I'd like to get the SSD working if I can. The SSD is OCZ - 240 GB or so.

But between last night and today, the SSD has gotten worse. I can't access it at all now. Last night I was able to access it as an external drive. What I did in between was a chkdsk of the HD just to make sure it was OK. Then this morning I saw that the SSD had problems.

Disk Management shows the SSD as disk 1, but it has no information on it. It just says the disk is unknown and uninitialized.

I saw a recommendation for Partition Wizard 9.1 Free. But that doesn't show the drive at all. I attached screen shots as a Word document.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.




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21 Dec 2016   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Please use this tutorial by Golden. It will allow members see what you have.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image


Jack
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21 Dec 2016   #3
jhk

Win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the hint, Jack. I'm attaching the 2 images - disk management and partition wizard.


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21 Dec 2016   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thank you for the pictures.

Does disk #1 have a operating system or data on it?

If you initialized disk #1 you will lose all data on disk #1.

If their is data on disk#1 that you would like to save I will request help from others to give guidance on saving your data.

The information I'm asking for will help others help you.

P/S
I just got back from surgery and I'm on some strong medication so I don't want to get into such things as data recovery. I don't think my 3 brain cells are up to the job at this time.

Jack
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21 Dec 2016   #5
jhk

Win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I wish you speedy and full recovery from your surgery, Jack. Yeah, the drugs can affect you, but it was also some of the most relaxing times for me in the couple of operations I had

I didn't initialize disk 1 (in disk management picture). Well not that I know, anyhow, and I never saw any messages saying it was being initialized or was initialized. I could access it last night, but not this morning. And the only thing I did was chkdsk on drive 0. I tried to do chkdsk on drive 1 (the SSD) to see if whatever errors that kept it from booting could be fixed, but I didn't know how to do that. Then this morning I found that drive 1 (the SSD) was not accessible.

So, yes, disk 1 had an OS on it and data.

What I'd really like is to have the SSD working as much as it was yesterday so I can use it as the boot drive.

And if I can't do that, I'd like to save the data from the SSD.
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22 Dec 2016   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It appears that disk #0 has your operating system.

Disk #1 is unknown/not initialized.

[DEL]Is their anything on disk #0 that you want to save?
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Edit.
Is their any thing on disk #1 that you want to save?


Jack
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22 Dec 2016   #7
jhk

Win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes, I'd like to save all of Disk 0. That is my "backup" so I can use it for times like this.

I'd like to recover Disk 1 so I can use it again.
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22 Dec 2016   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

I would say that your disk has failed.
Ask Jumanji for help. He is the disk guru. https://www.sevenforums.com/members/jumanji.html
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22 Dec 2016   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

We are not on the same page.

Disk (0) is your operating system that you are booted into now.
I would suggest leaving it alone at this time.



If their is nothing on disk #1 that you want to save just format it.
If their is something on disk #1 that you want to save, let me know and I will find help.


I will ask again.
Is their anything on disk #1 that you want to save?

***Sorry I made a mistake in my last post. I corrected it.***

What I'm try to do is this.
I don't want you to do anything to Disk#1 at this time if their is data you want to save on Disk #1.

Please note.
Recovering a drive so it can be use again is not the same as recovering the data on said drive.
That is why I keep asking about data on said drive.

Jack
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22 Dec 2016   #10
jhk

Win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks, Megahertz, I will ask Jumanji for help.

If I can fix the problems (corrupted data? bad sectors?) on Disk 1 so I can use it as a boot drive again (hopefully with all files intact), that would be ideal. That's why I was trying to see if i could run chkdsk on drive 1 - I saw it had an option to fix errors.

If I can't do that, then there are some files that I'd like to recover (my wife's latest update to her Christmas address).

Then I'd like to recover the drive so i can use it again - and I know this will most likely get rid of everything on the drive.
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