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Windows 7: Windows appears to have wiped my HDD on driver install

01 Jun 2010   #11

7 Ultimate x64

It's difficult to see how anything could have happened to the drive... the power was off. Surely there must be something else going on?

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01 Jun 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit doesn't make sense, you're right.

Can you try the drive in another computer, maybe one not running Windows 7?

And you didn't find any software at WD's site, did you?
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02 Jun 2010   #13
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

I just thought of something. I'm wondering if the drive has a compatibility issue with Win 7? I have a brand new Maxtor Black Armor USB drive that did the same thing right after I upgraded to Seven, but works fine on Vista and XP. I wonder if there's a driver or firmware update available? It's something to consider.

It's a WD, so maybe they've made something for it. They usually tend to be on the ball with drivers. Maxtor's website basically says "Oh well, it isn't supported. Buy a new drive." Sure, but it won't be a Maxtor next time.
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02 Jun 2010   #14

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64

Do I understand correctly: you have two HDDs, one internal and one external. You installed Windows to the internal while the external was off and you are suggesting that the external, while off, was wiped while Windows installed on the internal - do I have this correctly stated?

If so, I dare say your scenario is impossible.

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 Windows appears to have wiped my HDD on driver install

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