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Windows 7: WD reads uninitialized and unallocated

09 Jan 2017   #11
Electrickn

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi guys

No luck with WD data lifeguard, it didn't recognize the drive (as an internal drive or when I took it out and used a SATA adapter.)
I ran partition recovery wizard twice, it sees the drive (as does device manager). I didn't get a screen capture the first time at 100%, but I took one at 77% the second time when I called it quits. It looked the same. I'm looking for a better software idea ....any suggestions?

Thanks




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09 Jan 2017   #12
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi Electrickn,

There is absolutely no point in switching the drive from Internal to external and viceversa. That can only confuse the issue. I am already confused . First you said PW showed the drive as Bad Disk. ( Of course there was no picture) Now it shows Read Only. Either way not a good prognosis.

Now please stick to one and that as an internal drive as it usually was.. Keep your SATA to USB adapter/enclosure under the wrap.

Tell what Datalifeguard Diagnostic for Windows says. If it does not recognise its own drive, I shall say that is the end of the story and you may have to seek professional data recovery.

Still miracles can happen in Data Recovery. Try your luck.

1. Download GetDataback Simple and scan your drive if it shows up. Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

2. Run TestDisk for Windows and check whether it can recognise the drive to start with.

If both do not recognise the drive. my attempt is over and I will throw up my hands.
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09 Jan 2017   #13
Electrickn

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Hi Electrickn,

There is absolutely no point in switching the drive from Internal to external and viceversa. That can only confuse the issue. I am already confused . First you said PW showed the drive as Bad Disk. ( Of course there was no picture) Now it shows Read Only. Either way not a good prognosis.

Now please stick to one and that as an internal drive as it usually was.. Keep your SATA to USB adapter/enclosure under the wrap.
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I apologize if I confused you Jumanji. I assumed you had read Micah's post previous to mine. I wanted to see if her solution would work for my drive too. PW did read bad disk from the initial startup screen. See image below. Bad disk...read only. I just got home from work, so I'll start trying your other ideas and report back..thanks


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10 Jan 2017   #14
Electrickn

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi Jumanji...it appears testdisk that you and Samuria recommended sees the drive.
FYI..It's the 1000 GB drive not the highlighted 256 GB drive.


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10 Jan 2017   #15
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I did read micah2's posts. In his case it was an encrypted external drive, He ran Datalifeguard Diagnostic for Windows. Long Test did find bad sectors which got repaired. I knew that he will do that and that is why I didn't want to enter his thread.

I recommended that you run Datalifeguard Dignostic for Windows in my post #7 just to check whether it recognises it and if yes whether it shows any bad sectors that can be repaired. That was even before micah2 entered this thread with his success story. In your case unfortunately DataLifeGuard did not recognise the drive in the first instance.

it is good that TestDisk sees the drive. Let me think about it and formulate my strategy and I shall comeback on it after you post the results of GetDataback scan on your drive (as an internal drive). If it shows your files it can act as a booster dose to go ahead with TestDisk. Even otherwise we shall try and see what is in store.

After trying Getdataback and posting the results, you do this also and report. Conor M's post#6 Hard drive locked as Read-Only
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10 Jan 2017   #16
micah2

windows 7 Pro x64 / Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
I did read micah2's posts. In his case it was an encrypted external drive, He ran Datalifeguard Diagnostic for Windows. Long Test did find bad sectors which got repaired. I knew that he will do that and that is why I didn't want to enter his thread.

I recommended that you run Datalifeguard Dignostic for Windows in my post #7 just to check whether it recognises it and if yes whether it shows any bad sectors that can be repaired. That was even before micah2 entered this thread with his success story. In your case unfortunately DataLifeGuard did not recognise the drive in the first instance.

it is good that TestDisk sees the drive. Let me think about it and formulate my strategy and I shall comeback on it after you post the results of GetDataback scan on your drive (as an internal drive). If it shows your files it can act as a booster dose to go ahead with TestDisk. Even otherwise we shall try and see what is in store.

After trying Getdataback and posting the results, you do this also and report. Conor M's post#6 Hard drive locked as Read-Only
Just a small note, I am a SHE not HE

I hope Electrickn can get his data back. For me, opening the enclosure and using USB to SATA was the only way Datalifeguard was seeing the HDD. Even when all other software saw it and reported blank results Datalifeguard didn't see it until I used the bridge.
Keep trying and keep us updated Electrickn.
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10 Jan 2017   #17
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by micah2 View Post
Just a small note, I am a SHE not HE

I hope Electrickn can get his data back. For me, opening the enclosure and using USB to SATA was the only way Datalifeguard was seeing the HDD. Even when all other software saw it and reported blank results Datalifeguard didn't see it until I used the bridge.
Keep trying and keep us updated Electrickn.
Welcome to the club, honey. I get called "he" a lot on various forums despite the "Lady" in my username.

I ran into a similar experience when a brand new (not to mention expensive) SSd kept dropping out on me and sometimes I couldn't get it back unless I connected it with a USB 3.0 cable bridge. When the problems went away after I replaced it with another new one I had planned on using elsewhere, I returned the troublesome little bugger to the vendor for replacement.
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10 Jan 2017   #18
Electrickn

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Apologies Micah Corrected!
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10 Jan 2017   #19
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by micah2 View Post
Just a small note, I am a SHE not HE ...........
Oh my dear, I had never imagined that that HE could be a SHE. Never mind, a rose by any name would still be a rose . Thanks for the update, lady.
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13 Jan 2017   #20
Electrickn

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hello All


Hi Jumanji, Looks like getdataback simple found a bunch of my files. So on to testdisk from here?
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