Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: WD reads uninitialized and unallocated

13 Jan 2017   #21
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hmmm... that is some good news , though I don't have the pleasure of seeing it in a screenshot.

And yes, we will go with TestDisk. But you seem to have downloaded the Win64 version of TestDisk. No, delete it from your PC .( It is to be used only on systems lacking WoW64 as some features are missing) I am sure that your system will have WOW64. Check. If you do have WOW64 then download and use only the Windows version, the second in the list here TestDisk Download - CGSecurity. It should be testdisk-7.0.win.zip (11.8MB). Run testdisk_win.exe from it.

Now go to Post No 6.in this thread
WD Elements being read as RAW // Contents readable through app

Are you able to reach the fifth screen in it showing your partition?

If you do see the partition and [Boot] is highlighted, move the highlight to [List] and then press enter. Does it list your files? Post a screenshot and then close TestDisk by clicking on X on the Title Bar.

As with any Data Recovery effort I am keeping my fingers crossed .

Note: For copying the files you should have plugged in another external drive with adequate space with a folder named Recovery on it.This Recovery folder on your Destination drive will be the destination to copy the files. If you do not have one plugged in when you started TestDisk, you may run TestDisk again after plugging in the destination drive and copy the files.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
14 Jan 2017   #22
Electrickn

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi Jumanji..thanks your help

Per your instruction, I downloaded and used the correct copy of testdisk, Here is my fifth screen:


Attached Images
WD reads uninitialized and unallocated-testdisk-fifth-screen.png 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Jan 2017   #23
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Electrickn View Post
Hello All


Hi Jumanji, Looks like getdataback simple found a bunch of my files. So on to testdisk from here?
Can you please rerun Getdataback simple and show me the screen that showed your data?

Do you confirm that is the data you would like to getback? ( You can rightclick on the folder/file and then view/open the file to check its integrity.)

WD reads uninitialized and unallocated-15-01-2017-10-12-57.jpg

(Screen showing my external drive 750GB: two partitions, converted MBR to GPT, Second partition deleted, new simple volume created but not formatted. The data on second unformatted partition still visible in Getdataback. I can right click and open the file and it plays on Windows Media Player)


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

16 Jan 2017   #24
Electrickn

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

thanks
yes Jumanji, its the data I want back


Attached Thumbnails
WD reads uninitialized and unallocated-getdataback.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Jan 2017   #25
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

1. Windows failed to initialise your 1TB drive. The all important sector 0 is bad.

2. Normally the first partition starts at Sector 2048. But Partition Wizard did not find the boot record at sector 2048. It shows your drive as Read only and Bad Disk. When there are too many Bad Sectors the disk controller in the drive shuts off the drive and makes it impossible to write any more data in it. That is what seems to have happened in this case.

3. WD Datalifeguard Diagnostic for Windows did not see your drive. Normally that is taken as the death of the drive.

4. TestDisk did not find the partition. If it had found the partition it would have been possible to check whether the Volume boot record and back up of it exists and also rebuild the bootsector if both were bad. That did not happen. Coupled with point 2, in all probability sector 2048 is also bad.

5. Fortunately the MFT seems to be still OK. Even if the MFT is bad, GetDataback in most cases will find the data. We have seen many cases where GetDataback could really get back all data when TestDisk failed to repair the MFT.

At point 3, I had told still miracles can happen. And this is that miracle. If you have confirmed that is the data you want back and that data or most of that data are still good and worth to get back, then......
spend $80 and buy it. Copy the data.

There seems to be no other option. ( We have taxed your drive enough already. Don't blame me if after recovery you find the data bad. Neither will GettDetaback take that responsibility. It is purely your responsibility to check the integrity of the data before you buy.)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2017   #26
Electrickn

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your help Jumanji! I really appreciate it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 WD reads uninitialized and unallocated




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Outlook 2013, Win 7 uninitialized?
Opening Outlook 2013 yields error "Initialize: Outlook version is not defined. SetOutlookVersion." Where is this switch set?
Microsoft Office
Hard disk showed uninitialized and incorrect size
Hello all My 2TB WD hard disk is showing uninitialized and the disk size turned to 128PB after I forced restarting it.:cry: I have tried DiskGenius or Partition Table Doctor but they cannot locate the partition.
Hardware & Devices
RAID uninitialized
Anyone know why a RAID or even a hard drive will suddenly just become uninitialized? I restarted my computer today between file transfers and after reboot my RAID array was not accessible. Everything is plugged in, BIOS recognizes all the drive and the array, and the AMD utility sees everything as...
Hardware & Devices
BD Drive reads BD,DVD but not CD??
G'Day All, I have just compteted building a new system and have discovered my BD drive (Samsung SH-B083L 8x BD-ROM) reads Blu-Ray disks fine and DVD's fine but will not recognize CD's. Wondering if anyone has any suggestions that I might try?? I have read through the forums and this...
Hardware & Devices
CD/DVD reads only some disks...
So i have 7 Ultimate, just built a new comp to go along with it. Now it doesnt read the motherboard an video card disks that which is not a big deal really, then i put in a video game disk (CoD4), and it read it fine...then when i took it out and later put it back in it didnt read it. I then tried...
Hardware & Devices
who reads newspapers
A Guide to U.S. Newspapers 1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country. 2. The New York Times is read by people who think they run the country. 3. The Washington Post is read by people who think they should run the country. 4. USA Today is read by people who think they...
Chillout Room


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:07.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App