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Windows 7: WD reads uninitialized and unallocated

30 Dec 2016   #1
Electrickn

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
WD reads Not Initialized and Unallocated

Hello all

My secondary internal drive, a 1Tb Western Digital Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - Newegg.com reads not initialized and unallocated, but windows device manager sees the drive and says its working properly. disk management won't allow me to allocate a drive letter to it...and the partition wizard in mini tools reads bad disk. I've read through some old threads on here, and downloaded some software (namely mini tools.) but also ddrescue and photorec (which seem complicated,) but I'll learn if need be.
My primary concern is recovering the data. I don't care if the drive is saved. I have some of this data backed up, but not all of it. The irony here is this drive WAS my backup drive. I've purchased another 1tb replacement internal disk and a 2tb elements external hard drive already to aid in this process. Do you have any advice as to the best possible way to proceed? Thanks so much for any help you guys have to offer.




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30 Dec 2016   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum. You need to try specific partition recovery software to get partition back then files will be there don't use file recovery there are lots of free recovery tools on Google if one doesn't work try another
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30 Dec 2016   #3
Electrickn

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I read that it was better to clone the drive, before recovery should be attempted. Is that so? Though that is an issue too because Macrium doesn't recognize the drive.
I can just run Partition Wizard and see what happens if that is the consensus recommendation. I just don't want to further damage the data, if that is a possibility.

Thanks
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30 Dec 2016   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

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30 Dec 2016   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi , Electrickn,

When I am awake you will be asleep and vice versa. Doesn't matter.

When you wake up and see this, just do this.

In Windows Disk Management, Right click on the Disk 1( Unknown, Not Initialised) icon with the red arrow and click on Initialise Disk. In the next dialog box that pops up, choose MBR > OK.

If the Disk gets initialised, it will change to Basic, Online. Stop with Initialisation and do not proceed further.( Do not create a new volume. Do not format it.)

If the disk does not get initialised, it will give out an error message. ( hmmmm... too bad) Take a screenshot and post.

Let me know what exactly happened.
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31 Dec 2016   #6
Electrickn

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Samuria

I downloaded test disk.

Hi Jumanji

I appreciate your help


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31 Dec 2016   #7
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Download WD Datalifeguard Diagnostic for Windows and check the drive. ( I couldn't reach WD Support sites)
Software and Firmware Downloads | WD Support
How to test a drive for problems using Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows | WD Support

You may run TestDisk also and check. Will it see your drive? I have my own doubts.
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05 Jan 2017   #8
micah2

windows 7 Pro x64 / Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Did you manage to solve your issue with WD drive Electrickn?
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06 Jan 2017   #9
Electrickn

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by micah2 View Post
Did you manage to solve your issue with WD drive Electrickn?
Hey Micah...not yet. I've been working all week. I'm going to get back on it again over the weekend. I really need time and focus to make sure I don't lose my files (providing they're recoverable.)
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07 Jan 2017   #10
micah2

windows 7 Pro x64 / Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I made a thread myself as I had a very similar issue. My WD was encrypted on top of that. What I did, I took it out of the enclosure, put it in a USB to SATA bridge and then WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic was seeing it. I run QUICK scan it came back OK, then I run long scan (it took about 18-20hrs) an it came back with information that there are bad sectors. It asked me if I wanted to repair them, I clicked OK. I had nothing to lose I couldn't get to my data anyway. Once it repaired bad sectors, I put it back in its enclosure and my Windows was finally seeing it and reading it. I am currently copying all data to a different HDD. Of course I don't know if this would work for you but it's worth a try. If the enclosure is not at fault, then you have a chance.
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