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Windows 7: WD My book not shoving up any data/partition

02 Nov 2017   #1
starscreamxxl

win 10
 
 
WD My book not shoving up any data/partition

Hi!
On my external drive “My Book”,

2tb
usb3
Model Number: WDC20EARX-32PASB0 (ATA)
bought in 2012

Led started blinking in an anomalous manner, and it was connecting and disconnecting from pc continuosly.
Supposing it may be a powersupply failure or a usb interface failure, I unmounted it and installed in a pc via sata connector.
The hard disk is recognized by BIOS.
It is not shoved among available drives in WIN 10, but it is seen in device manager and in disk management is showed as unallocated. It asked me to inizialize the disk, but It means a data loss.

I want to recover all the files in the disk, but I can’t access it.

I’m trying to analize it with Disk Test 7.1, but it shows me no partition.

I red that WD disks are encrypted by default.

I’ve been using the HDD as it came out of the box, without formatting in a different way from the one you factory did, without using WS SmartWare or other backup software.

What can I do to to retrieve my data?


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02 Nov 2017   #2
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Create a Linux CD for one of the Linux distros (most of them provide this). Set your computer to boot from the CD. Put that disk in the drive and then boot the computer to Linux. At this point, you will be running Linux from the CD, and nothing will have been installed to your internal hard drive.

Once you are in Linux, you should be able to read the contents of your hard drive and copy them to an external drive.

There are two advantages to this approach:

1. You are booting from the CD, and your OS is on the CD. This means that there won't be any activity on your questionable drive, except when you are actually accessing the files on the drive. The reason this is good is because the more activity there is on that drive, the sooner it will fail, if it is a bad drive.

2. Linux is very capable of reading drives that Windows can't read.
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02 Nov 2017   #3
starscreamxxl

win 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
Create a Linux CD for one of the Linux distros (most of them provide this). Set your computer to boot from the CD. Put that disk in the drive and then boot the computer to Linux. At this point, you will be running Linux from the CD, and nothing will have been installed to your internal hard drive.

Once you are in Linux, you should be able to read the contents of your hard drive and copy them to an external drive.

There are two advantages to this approach:

1. You are booting from the CD, and your OS is on the CD. This means that there won't be any activity on your questionable drive, except when you are actually accessing the files on the drive. The reason this is good is because the more activity there is on that drive, the sooner it will fail, if it is a bad drive.

2. Linux is very capable of reading drives that Windows can't read.
thank, already tried. problem is that Western Digital encrypts the content of their hard drive, soalso in linux (i've tried the latest live cd of ubuntu) the disk appears as uninitialized....damn...I will never buy a Western digital disk again!
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02 Nov 2017   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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02 Nov 2017   #5
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

I had a coworker once with this same problem -- encrypted, and so he couldn't get his data. I believe it was a WD drive, but I'm not sure.
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02 Nov 2017   #6
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Excellent tool! I'll pass this along to a former coworker who had the same encryption problem.
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02 Nov 2017   #7
starscreamxxl

win 10
 
 

thank you very much!
So, as written, it doesn't decrypt the file directly, but it creates an image of disk that then has to be written to a disk. so being my disk a 2tb one I need another huge disk jsut for the image and another big one to write it...am I right?
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02 Nov 2017   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
So, as written, it doesn't decrypt the file directly, but it creates an image of disk
Yes.

This might work as an alternative:

Allegedly, you can use another enclosure/control board if product number is the same (except the three digit size code)

How I rescued my data from a 3TB WD My Book External Hard Drive - YouTube


How I rescued my data from a 3TB WD My Book External Hard Drive - YouTube
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