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

1 Week Ago   #1
farhaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
WD "My Passport Ultra" Formatted Deeply & Not Showing on My PC

I have an External Hard Drive "WD - My Passport Ultra" Blue" which I happened to access it after a couple of years and now I am facing the following problems in it and want answers to issues that I have in it.

1) I feel that the WD Hard Drive has been formatted completely to depth that when I attach to my Laptop shows in the Task Bar as the HD been Inserted , But it doesn't show up anything on the MY PC...
Can I know in any way what type of Formatting technique was applied to it....

2)

(a) I heard that their are Partitions for all kinds of Storage Devices weather it Ext. HD or Internal HD. or Flash Drives or Laptop Hard Drives... Is this thing True for a Storage Device.

(b) If the Partitions are deleted as well during Formatting or Deleting; is their then any way to Retrieve all those Lost Data and Files in it..?

3) 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?

Photo Below:


I tried updating the Drivers as well, But in vain...

4) DO you have a solution out for this one..?

5) Can you tell me in details the steps I need to do in order to see my Lost data and the Files in my Hard Drive..?

P.S. - ( I am accessing this Hard Drive after a Very Long time Now)

If, their is any more information that I can share which can help me in accessing my files, please let me know about it.


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1 Week Ago   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Does it show in disk manager it may just need a drive letter assigned
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1 Week Ago   #3
farhaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
Does it show in disk manager it may just need a drive letter assigned
I have replied that on the Main Title Post as well..
BUt, can you please re-read it again and let me know the answers for it...
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1 Week Ago   #4
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x86
 
 

[Just for general information]


I have several WD hard drives, that were originally in External USB enclosures, that just quit working.
(it seems to be the USB to SATA circuitry that gives up the ghost.)


Then when the original owner was ready to throw them in the trash, they gave them to me.
(I was their computer tech)


Once the actual HD was removed from the enclosure and reformatted on my main PC, they worked OK.
But since they are WD brand, I only use them for temporary (scratch) disks.
The WD brand has been on my Sh** list for many years now, due to their low quality and lack of reliability.


Cheers Mates, and Good Luck,
TM
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6 Days Ago   #5
farhaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechnoMage2016 View Post
[Just for general information]


I have several WD hard drives, that were originally in External USB enclosures, that just quit working.
(it seems to be the USB to SATA circuitry that gives up the ghost.)


Then when the original owner was ready to throw them in the trash, they gave them to me.
(I was their computer tech)


Once the actual HD was removed from the enclosure and reformatted on my main PC, they worked OK.
But since they are WD brand, I only use them for temporary (scratch) disks.
The WD brand has been on my Sh** list for many years now, due to their low quality and lack of reliability.


Cheers Mates, and Good Luck,
TM

You were able to retrieve data from it back from the WD external Hard Drives..
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6 Days Ago   #6
farhaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I am waiting for your feed back and help guys...
Guide properly your friend over here
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5 Days Ago   #7
farhaj

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

anyone out their who can assist me..
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5 Days Ago   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

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.
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5 Days Ago   #9
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 am not being Rude.. If, it felt like that I apologize for it..
Just asking for some answers to the problem, if anyone from you can assist..

Right now, I don't have access to my HD. as it is away at the moment...
But, 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 "..

So, what do you suggest now..
Can mY data be retrieved in any way possible.
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4 Days Ago   #10
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

1. If it is your external disk where is it "ät the moment" and why is it away "ät 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 !)
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