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Windows 7: WD External Hard Drive Not Showing on My PC

24 Mar 2020   #11
farhaj

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
1. If it is your external disk where is it "št the moment" and why is it away "št the moment"????

2. Quote - "When I go to the Device Management, I am able to see an Extra Drive in it (Showing 2 Sections in it) But, Can't give it a Name or access it and gives out a message before to choose a type out of 2.. What is this exactly?" - Unquote

Quote - " I checked it in the Disk Manager...Disk Manager (C:\Windows\System32\diskmgmt.msc)

It Showed
1) 2 Partitions for the Drive and was
2) written on the 2 Partitions as "Unallocated ".. -Unquote

Combining these two statements I would say this:

All HDDs when bought, come with the full volume formatted mostly as NTFS. If the capacity is 2TB or less those are initialised as MBR and if the capacity is larger than 2TB those are initialised as GPT. The pertinent point is it has only one volume that is a single partition

That it now has two partitions and that too "Unallocated" means that you or someone else have/has deleted that single volume and created two volumes but left it unformatted..It could not happen on its own.We also do not know in what all ways it has been tampered with as you yourself do not seem to know about it. In this scenario, no one can categorically say whether any data on it can be recovered.(You also haven't told what important data you had on it and if it were so important why you hadn't accessed it for two long years and why you are lending it to others !)
I will explain a little more here, maybe previously; I was not quite clear..

1) The Thing is that right now I moved to a different location and the Hard Drive is at the previous place. So, Some how I managed to access it online through Team Viewer..
And, after I asked to plug in, that top post is the complete story I got to see then..

2) Secondly, yes the data in it is really important as it contains my previous works of many years which I collected and had put into it.. But, it seems that someone got a hold of it and then Formatted it.

3) Now, I don't know exactly; what type of formatting was done on it and All I want is now to Retrieve all the deleted data in it..

4) When I "went into "My PC" and "Disk Management" ; I only see that my Attached Drive:
a) Shows that the "WD Drive" has been Connected (in the Task Bar).
b) The Device is Running and the LED Light Lit on the WD Drive.(External)
c) Does Not show the Drive (on to "My PC")
d) Has No Name Assigned to it. (in Disk Manager)
e) Shows 2 Sections in it. (in Disk Manager)
f) Has written "Unallocated" (in Disk Manager)
g) The Hard Drive total Space is more than 2TB something like close to 3TB (in Disk Manager)


Here is the Complete Story...

Now, How can I know what type of Formatting has done on it and is the data retrievable from it.
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25 Mar 2020   #12
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

We do not have a magic wand or a crystal ball to say what has really happened to that drive. Usually when people come here requesting data recovery, they have been using that HDD and suddenly something has happened and the HDD becomes inaccessible. Even in these cases, we have to do a lot of investigative work to ascertain what could have happened and resort to a trial and error method to check whether the data can be retrieved.In your case it is much worse. You hadn't used the HDD for two years. Your PC and HDD was accessible to an outsider. He could have tampered with it in many ways. That makes data recovery really difficult. Our first effort will be to ascertain whether at all there is any data left on it.

For that you have to get your HDD back into your physical possession, and plug it into your current PC which I believe runs Windows 7. Disable or uninstall any programs that can give access to it by an outsider. Plug in only your faulty HDD and post a full screenshot of Windows Disk Management.Please read and adhere to the guidelines here Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Next, download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard Free version 9.1 from here. (Yes, you heard it right - old version 9.1 and not any later version. In later versions Partition Recovery feature - if we need it - is not free)

MiniTool Partition Wizard Free 11.6 Download for Windows / Old Versions Page 2 / FileHorse.com

Please remove all that is plugged into your USB ports,except your keyboard/mouse, plug in only your faulty external drive - we do not want any clutter to remain focussed - , Run Partition Wizard, say NO if it offers a new version, and post a screenshot of how your drives look in it - the very first screen when you launch it.

On the left Pane click on Partition Recovery Wizard > Next > Select your faulty Drive > Next > Full Disk > Next > Full scan > Next. Allow the full scan to complete. It may take a long time to finish. At the end of the full Scan you will get a window showing all the found partitions .Post a screenshot of it ( only that Window. No need of any background). After you have taken the screenshot click on Cancel button on that Window and close PW. You can run it again if need be. Post the screenshots.Let me examine it to give further instructions.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

So in all you will be posting three screenshots.
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26 Mar 2020   #13
farhaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
We do not have a magic wand or a crystal ball to say what has really happened to that drive. Usually when people come here requesting data recovery, they have been using that HDD and suddenly something has happened and the HDD becomes inaccessible. Even in these cases, we have to do a lot of investigative work to ascertain what could have happened and resort to a trial and error method to check whether the data can be retrieved.In your case it is much worse. You hadn't used the HDD for two years. Your PC and HDD was accessible to an outsider. He could have tampered with it in many ways. That makes data recovery really difficult. Our first effort will be to ascertain whether at all there is any data left on it.

For that you have to get your HDD back into your physical possession, and plug it into your current PC which I believe runs Windows 7. Disable or uninstall any programs that can give access to it by an outsider. Plug in only your faulty HDD and post a full screenshot of Windows Disk Management.Please read and adhere to the guidelines here Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Next, download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard Free version 9.1 from here. (Yes, you heard it right - old version 9.1 and not any later version. In later versions Partition Recovery feature - if we need it - is not free)

MiniTool Partition Wizard Free 11.6 Download for Windows / Old Versions Page 2 / FileHorse.com

Please remove all that is plugged into your USB ports,except your keyboard/mouse, plug in only your faulty external drive - we do not want any clutter to remain focussed - , Run Partition Wizard, say NO if it offers a new version, and post a screenshot of how your drives look in it - the very first screen when you launch it.

On the left Pane click on Partition Recovery Wizard > Next > Select your faulty Drive > Next > Full Disk > Next > Full scan > Next. Allow the full scan to complete. It may take a long time to finish. At the end of the full Scan you will get a window showing all the found partitions .Post a screenshot of it ( only that Window. No need of any background). After you have taken the screenshot click on Cancel button on that Window and close PW. You can run it again if need be. Post the screenshots.Let me examine it to give further instructions.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

So in all you will be posting three screenshots.
Thanks for writing the Details...

I will get the ScreenShots and update over here...

Please, inform me back after seeing the results
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27 Mar 2020   #14
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

@farhaj

Take your time. No need to be in a hurry.

To cut down some time....

WD External Hard Drive Not Showing on My PC-27-03-2020-12-51-17.jpg

WD External Hard Drive Not Showing on My PC-b-27-03-2020-12-57-50.jpg

If you want to, post the screenshot of this Partition Explorer window.Or else just report what you see.(The three screenshots requested in my earlier post however is a must)

After checking, as instructed earlier close all the windows and close Partition Wizard.


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27 Mar 2020   #15
farhaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
@farhaj

Take your time. No need to be in a hurry.

To cut down some time....

Attachment 411450

Attachment 411449

If you want to, post the screenshot of this Partition Explorer window.Or else just report what you see.(The three screenshots requested in my earlier post however is a must)

After checking, as instructed earlier close all the windows and close Partition Wizard.
I appreciate all of the help and advices you are giving out to me..
I will try to bring the screen shots in this Week InshAllah...

And then please guide me from their...
This partition wizard screenshots are an extra which you have advised me apart from the 3 Main ones..?
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27 Mar 2020   #16
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

It is the continuation of the third screenshot ( Partitions Found - Choose Searched Partitions - Window.) in my post #12. After taking the screenshot of that Window, you will double click on each partition listed and check whether your files and folders are shown in the next Partition Explorer Window.So you will be adding one or more screenshots - that of Partition Explorer - for each Found Partition.
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31 Mar 2020   #17
farhaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Here is the Screen Shot of the Disk Management Tool for the WD Hard Drive..

Here The "WD Hard Drive is Referred to as "Disk 1" and the local PC Drive is referred to as "Disk 0"..."


WD External Hard Drive Not Showing on My PC-blue-hard-drive-disk-management.png


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31 Mar 2020   #18
farhaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Here is the Second Image for it...

Here The "WD Hard Drive" is Referred to as "Disk 2" and the Local PC Drive is referred to as "Disk 1"..."




WD External Hard Drive Not Showing on My PC-blue-hard-drive-minitool-partition-wizard-start-page.png


And Over here Can you explain it to me as well; what exactly is meant by "GBT" and "MBR"...????


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31 Mar 2020   #19
farhaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I am running the 3rd Partition Wizard but it's taking way too much time.. the Hard Drive is 3 TB.. So, how much you think time it would take...

And what results would the partition wizard show on the screen....?
if it won't show any files or folders as you have shown in the 2nd last post; then what does that suppose to mean then...?
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31 Mar 2020   #20
farhaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
If you want some help, don't be rude.
I read your OP and I did not see any mention of disk manager as Samuria suggested.
Open Disk Manager (C:\Windows\System32\diskmgmt.msc) expand the window and the columns and post an image here as an attachment.
I have added the DIsk manager SCreen Shots along with the other one...
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