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External Hard Disk, Unknown, Not Initialized ! No Unallocated Space.

Q: External Hard Disk, Unknown, Not Initialized ! No Unallocated Space.

Hi,

I'm new to this forum.

My external hard disk (Seagate) is detected in the task bar after connecting, but not visible in "My Computer".

It is visible in Device manager under Disk Drives but not under USB.

There are few threads in this forum which are similar to mine, except that their Drives are visible in the Disk Management as Unallocated Space, mine is not.

SEE ATTACHMENTS !!!!!!!!!

I've tried all tools, tried in Windows XP still no solution.

Is there any way to atleast recover the data !!!!!!!!!

Your reply is appreciated !!!!!!!!

SEE ATTACHMENTS !!!!!!!!!

A: External Hard Disk, Unknown, Not Initialized ! No Unallocated Space.

Hi Pradeep,

Welcome onboard.

" I have tried all tools" - can you please enumerate what all tools?

Have you tried running the Seagate SeaTools for Windows to diagnose/repair.

If not check your external drive now.

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This quick new hard disk. So sad I cant access it anymore? why this happen?

You can see from the photo MY computer cant even see this driver anymore, so I check on the
- Disk management it said unknown no driver letter too ,Not initialized.
-Click Initialized it said i/o device error

I have try uninstall the device and restart let it install again still the same.
Checking many thread have the same problem, I wonder anyone solve this kind of problem before?
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Update the possible cause of it, I believe my external hard disk spoil because my laptop was low battery and suddenly off either it goes Hibernate or off there is no time to read or write in the hard disk.
Then I just unplug the external hard disk.

If you face this situation don't unplug it, turn on the computer back and do a proper remove or shut down everything.

A:1TWD external hard disk unknown,not initialized,unallocated,i/o error

Is this an external drive attached via a USB hub ??

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I am using windows 8 and I have read previous threads with similar issues that I face but my problem is unique. My 60GB external Hard disk was manufactured by FUJITSU and was taken out of a dell laptop. When I bought a case for it yesterday it was tested in a laptop computer to see if it was working before I paid for the case and it was working properly. However, the owner of the laptop removed the cable without safely ejecting the drive first. Later, I connected it to several computer and it would install and be detected in Device manager, Disk Management and even devices and printers but it does not show in My Computer nor does autoplay options pop up. In disk management it is shown as Disk 1 unknown not initialized as shown in the attached screenshot.

I notice that whenever i open disk management, it prompts me to initialize the disk but when i chose gpt and click ok, this window pops up

when I right click the Disk 1 the initialize option is gray and only offline, properties, and help are available. I used mini partition tool and this is what i get

I am at my wits end. Please assist. I do not need what is inside the hdd. I just want it to work.

A:External Hard disk not initialized, unknown.

"I notice that whenever i open disk management, it prompts me to initialize the disk but when i chose gpt and click ok, this window pops up"

Did you try initialising it as an MBR disk?

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Please help me to get my important data from my bad hard disk,

I have a segate 500 GB usb external HDD, It was working fine since last 3 years. yesterday i connect this to a XP machine, and start coping some data. the coping speed was very slow, so I restarted the machine in between. After that I LOST MY hdd, it never be back. I tried a lot.. no success till now.
Please help me get my data back:

A:How do i fix unknown, not initialized and unallocated external hd?

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news ... but I had almost exactly the same thing happen to me on a Seagate 2TB hard drive. Working for months, even passing surface checks with no errors and then, one day -- "bad disk".

I've tried every data recovery app I could find against it (4 of them) and none of them find anything.

I've had drives fail me over the years and have never run into this situation where the drive powers up but NOTHING can be recovered from it.

So, I've resorted to sending it off to a local data recovery outfit

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Please help me fix this problem. any information you need just ask me i will tell you all you need.

Thanks in advance

A:How do i fix unknown, not initialized and unallocated external hd?

Right click on it and choose Create Parittion. Choose the type of partition. Then format it. I recommend doing the slow format. It may take an hour or so, but I think you're better off in the long run.

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Guys please help me to fix my hard disk WD elements 1TB

I have tried so many ways to fix it.. but I got nothing in 4 days!!

I have tried from command prompt " chkdsk /f /r "
the first time I tried it works, but something error occured, and now I can't using that method..
when I tried to using that, just show " cann't open volume for direct access"

my hard disk didn't appear on my computer list, but I can reject it.

and anyway I have tried to using minitool partition wizard, but you all can see that my hdd didn't appear with the volume.. just show up disk 2 with 0.00 GB

Anyone can help me to solving this problem ?

btw, My english isn't good enough..but I hope all of you can understand what I mean

Thanks before.!

A:External hard drive disk unknown n not initialized!

Sorry to say your WD Elements is dead and you have tried everything.There is nothing left for me to do, honestly. I would have done the same thing before declaring it dead.. No DIY data recovery is possible. The only option open to you is to entrust it to Western Digital Data Recovery partners in your region. Check with them whether there is any hope of recovering data in good shape.Telephonic consultation is free.

https://support.wdc.com/Warranty/dat...y.aspx?lang=en

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Hello,

I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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It is my brother's hard drive & it has very important data related to his working. It is a 2tb WD my passport ultra external hard disk which was used as NTFS with only one partition.
My brother told me that he deleted some data from the drive by mistake and was recovering the data from the drive but all the windows recovery programs he used just hanged after few minutes (which is also a sign of bad sectors). Then he done the blundered mistake by formatting the drive, the formatting also not completed due to hang situation.

Now the current situation is that the drive is not showing in the windows explorer and when I open the disk management ,the popup came up for initializing the disk either as MBR or GPT. When I try to initialize the disk, it gives me this error:- "The request failed due to a fatal device hardware error". I have attached a few screenshots below.

I have tried cloning the drive with clonezilla, tried booting the drive with parted magic, Hire n boot and system rescue CD but neither of them recognized the drive and some also rejected to boot with the drive attached.
Now currently i am scanning this disc for recovering the lost partition in the 'Partition Recovery Wizard' software according to the advice on some old thread here, but this software has detected my disk as 'bad Disk' in the file System column as you can see in the fifth image, so i don't have much hope with this software.

Please tell me if there is any hope left for drive like try... Read more

A:wd 2tb external drive - unknown, not initialized and unallocated

Hello nsingla and I am sorry you and your brother have this problem!

Things don't look so good now. You've done and tried a lot with aim you need, still looks like the drive's partition table and/or file system are corrupted to a stage that prevents other software to work correctly onto the drive.

I could additionally suggest trying to scan and repair the drive. Try downloading the WD ultra Drive Utilities for Windows and see if you could repair the drive:

Support Answers

If nothing works, the drive is probably too damaged and beyond repair. Hope this is not the case. But perhaps the worst part for the drive was the formatting attempt. Which, by definition, would delete everything from the HDD.

Good luck and post back with results!

CK_WD

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Hello. Through the power of google, I have come here to see If I can get any help recovering data. Essentially found this thread: disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated and just having really similar issues.

Issue is with my sisters External Hard drive, a WD My Passport Elite 070B.
Asked her a few questions on how she was using the drive/any issues and she explained that she had to pull the usb plug while still reading/writing because it would hang/freeze (/facepalm)

Downloaded PW Minitool Recovery and EasyRecovery Pro Trial, but haven't really run any lengthy tests yet. Just tried them out for 10 mins to see if anything would show up. Going to leave the computer on tonight and do a full scan though.

Some other things I have tried:
-Tried connecting it to other PC's/Laptops(XP/Vista/Windows 7/OSX). Same thing.
-Tried different USB cables

Any suggestions or things I should try?

A:Unaccessible External Hard Drive: Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized

I'm facing the same problem too....
Un-detection of my ext BUFFALO MiniStation HD-PCTU3 3.0

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Disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated, Please help
disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated.. plizz help
I already use PhotoRec recovery but "disk capacity not correctly detected"
Disk 1 = seagate 500Gb hdd

A:Disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated, Please help

Start with this free tool. You should try to recover the partition before worrying about recovering the data. If you can recover the partition, the files should be OK if they haven't been over-written.

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

Select Partition Recovery Wizard. Choose the drive, then full disk, quick scan. Quick Scan may take 5 or more hours.

If the partition is eventually found, select and double click on it. You should then see all files in the Explorer.

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Hi

I have the same problem. when i plug in the drive, it says that its succesfully installed however it does not appear in "my computer". also when i go into system tools it says that disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

can you please help me, i dont want to lose my data, it contain all my pics. please help

A:disk 1 is unknown, not initialized, unallocated

Hello Jenny, and welcome to Seven Forums.

What type of drive is it, and how is it being connected?

Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management window to see if that may help ID what the issue could be.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I bought a Seagate 3TB internal hard disc and put it on a HDD Dock Station. After formatting I am only given 2TB of allocated space for use in the primary partition. There is a balance of 742GB which is unallocated. What steps should I take to make it allocated
for use.
Thank you


Best regards
HoHW

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Hello
I got my 1tB WD external disk and it's not working as it used to. The problem came from nowhere, suddenly, totally unexpected. There is/was my precious data on it which I collected for 10+ years and I'd like not to lose it.

Origin:
It was working fine a day ago, no problems occured. Hasn't been unplugged since then. Has never fallen. Has never had any kind of error. But: I've seen some kind of ".COM not responding" problem on my PC (don't remember, closed it immediately). I believe my laptop is in a good and healthy condition.

So, what my WD HDD does is:
- it can be seen as a device by my computer. I can plug it out safely.
- diode shows that it's working (not showing the data transfer activity)
- nothing else

What I see in Device Management/Storage is (as in the title):
Screenshot by Lightshot

What programs I used to try to restore partition:
- Mini tool Partition Recovery Home Edition (quick and deep scan, no results. Shows disk as a Bad Disk)
http://prntscr.com/2wpy8s
- Mini tool Power Data Recovery (pro, non-free tool, however after scan there was no results)
- Find and Mount (no results)
- TestDisk (quick and deep scan, no results)

What I haven't tried doing is connecting the HDD directly to the laptop.

Any suggestions?

A:External HDD shows as Unknown, Not initialized, Unallocated. Restore?

You should try directly conmcting it. If that does not work, try this: Recover a flash drive turned RAW ? Partition Wizard and TestDisk. Do recovery with partition wizard. (Don't mind the name) But if that does not work, your drive is dead. Like a wise man said, backup, backup, backup!

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Hello,

I have used the tittle from another thread as my issue is very similar, only none of what is posted there worked for me.

So I have a WD 500gb HDD. (Actually I am not 100% sure it is a HDD and not a SDD)
I have plugged it in various PC and laptops. When doing so, you get the usual sound que. It also installs the driver according to the little pop up window.
However after that, the drive is not visible in "My Computer".

When I check the drive in Computer Management>Disk Management, it wants me to initialise the disk. Which, I know I do not want to do (thanks to one of your earlier posts) as this will over write my data.
In Disk Management the disk is "Unknown" and "Not Initialised" It also does not give any volume. Pics of both of these attached.

I have tried using Partition Wisord free. It does not even see the drive.
I have tried using Photorec. It does not see the drive.
I have used R-Studio. It does see the disk, but I am not able to scan it. Again also no disk volume. Again Picture attached.

I am hopeful for a solution, as I feel like the symptoms suggest that I do not have a head misalignment. But I might be wrong on that.

Hoping for someone with some mad skills to help me out here.

Thanks in advance!
Variable

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Hi guys. I'm new here. I've tried to read all the discussion about how to fix the unallocated hard drive but I just can't understand it as the cases were pretty much different than I'm facing of.

Here's my problem.
Yesterday my external hard drive seems normal, everything is fine, until there's a blackout and I have to put "sleep" to my laptop. After the power got back, the hard drive suddenly gone and when I check the list of drives under "Disk Management", it showed up as "Disk 1 - Unallocated".

(I've attached screenshots here for your viewing)

My external hard drive is WD My Passport 1TB. It contains a lot of valuable data I cannot afford to lose. I really hope there's a way to fix this, and once I get back all of those precious data I will buy another HD to transfer them ASAP because I cant let this happen to me again.

Your help is so, very much appreciated.
Any questions regarding my problem, let me know. I'll provide all of the details you guys need.

NOTE
1) I've tried TestDisk but on the "Analyse" process, it says "read error"
2) I've changed cable, but the situation remains the same.
3) I've tried Recuva, but it doesnt recognize my external drive.

A:WD EXTERNAL HARD DISK 1TB suddenly "unallocated" and "not initialized"

Hi!

First don't mess up with the WD drive settings.. download partition wizard 7 (its free)..then .. open it ..click wizard(menu) .. select partition recovery wizard.. and it will find the partitions on it i think.. that way you can recover your partition that has been lost.

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Hi, i'm new on this forum. I was searching for an answer to this issue in a lot of threads but i didn't find something to fix it.

I built an external hd using the hard disk of my old laptop (Fujitsu MHV2120AH PL) and a Woxter i-Case 240.

When i connected it via USB i went to the Disk Manager and saw the unit as "Disk 1 Unknown Not Initialized". But there was something else, the disk has a size of 120GB but the Disk Manager shows only 700MB.

The Disk Manager didn't allowed me to format this partition and when I press on "Initialize disk" it didn't do anything.

I used a Linux Live CD and I had the same issue, i tried to create a new partition table but it didn't create it and GParted didn't allow me to create a new partition answering that i need a partition table first.

I tried with Diskpart without any result too.

This HD had an Windows XP installed on the old laptop and before dissamble it i made a quick format with the Bootable CD of my laptop. The quick format was interrupted when the program was copying the files necesary to install Windows XP.

Do you have any idea?

A:Unknown - Not Initialized Disk (External HD)

Hello Matterito!

You could try a couple of things: changing the enclosure, as this one's controller may be corrupt, or hooking up the disk directly to the computer.
Also, see if your USB drivers need updating.








  
Quote: Originally Posted by Matterito


This HD had an Windows XP installed on the old laptop and before dissamble it i made a quick format with the Bootable CD of my laptop. The quick format was interrupted when the program was copying the files necesary to install Windows XP.


Following this, it may be that your disk is just damaged. It could be just that the partition table is corrupted, so may be writing full zeros to the disk and repartitioning and reformatting it would help fix the issue. That is in the case that you don't need the information on the drive.

CK_WD

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Hi i would like to ask why this happen. My external hard disk is detected by computer but doesn't appear in hard disk panel , it only appears on Devices. When i go to computer management. This is the output. Same when i use it to other computers. please help. im just new here and no good at computers.

External HDD : Western Digital My Passport 0740 (500Gb)

A:Disk 1 unknown not initialized - an external HDD

  
Quote: Originally Posted by empog


Hi i would like to ask why this happen. My external hard disk is detected by computer but doesn't appear in hard disk panel , it only appears on Devices. When i go to computer management. This is the output. Same when i use it to other computers. please help. im just new here and no good at computers.

External HDD : Western Digital My Passport 0740 (500Gb)




Hi empog,

Welcome to Seven forums.

It could be an either an issue with the harddrive itself or it is formatted in a partition which is not recognized by windows.

Once the harddrive is connected open command prompt and type diskpart and hit enter. Then type list disk and hit enter.

Whatever information is displayed kindly post a screenshot for the same.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.

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Hi,

I've been recovering data from three older internal hard drives for a friend, by way of an external HDD enclosure connected via USB to my laptop. It went well for the first two HDDs but the third, well ....

It's a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 HDD, 120 GB and is also marked SATA150.

(1) On most occasions, the HDD in question does not appear under My Computer. Under Devices and Printers, I see the external HDD enclosure as "USB to ATA/ATAPI bridge" (but not the HDD). In Disk Management, I see my internal drives and CD/DVD ROM but for the HDD in question, only "Disk 2, Unknown, Not Initialised" - I get the option to initialise it as MBR or GPT (I cancel at that point).

(2) On rare and seemingly random occasions, my laptop does pick up the HDD as drive F: but usually asks me if I want to format it (nope!). At this point it also appears under Devices and Printers, My Computer and in Disk Management as 'RAW' and 'healthy'.

(3) On three occasions, I have seen the drive name; on two occasions, all of the files - and on one occasion, I was able to copy four files across to my laptop (before losing visibility of it). So I know all the files are there.

However the HDD disconnects itself (or is disconnected) quite quickly, such that I am back to position (1) for the vast majority of the time.

I have tried TestDisk and EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which do not see the HDD. I have also tried MiniTool Partition Wizard, which mostly does not see the HDD but on one occa... Read more

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I've got 600GB HD (Rock mobile disk) that goes without saying need to be recuperated. It was working fine earlier this summer when I last accessed it. A few weeks ago, I plugged it in again and it gave me an I/O Device Error, read and unspecified error.

I have been researching a solution non stop and today when i plugged it in once again something worst happened, this time I see a External HD not Detected: Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized in Disk Management.

Can someone please help?

The irony... we get an external drive to protect our data and not loose it and then this happens

A:External HD not Detected: Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized

Try this to salvage what you can from it: Download MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition - MajorGeeks
Do that before any attempts to repair.
If nothing, portable drives are even less reliable than stationary ones and it's interfaces are prone to malfunction.

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1. Disk management showing disk 1 -unknown- -not initialized-

2. When i tried to initialized it show -incorrect function-

3. I tried the recovery software but all of them cant detect my external HDD

4. The Data Lifeguard Diagnostic from western digital managed to detect my external and showing there is bad sector but when i tried to repair, it give me this message -unable to repair bad sector-

Please help!!! is there any chance i can fix this?

A:Please help,disk 1 unknown not initialized (western digital external)

I guess there is mechanical problem with the hard drive. you can try checking and repairing bad sectors (http://www.articlesbase.com/hardware...s-6907958.html), or just send it to some drive repair center.
but, if there is important files on the drive, you'll have to recover data before repairing it.

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Hi everyone,

I need some help desperately with my Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD. Until yesterday, I had been using it for less than a year on a desktop PC to run a Windows 7 Professional x64 installation.

After it suddenly stopped working, it can no longer boot into Windows ("BOOTMGR is missing" is shown at startup), and it cannot be recognised in BIOS either.

I removed it and connected it as an external drive to a couple of other computers (a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium x64 and a desktop running Windows 8 x64). Even though it showed up as a generic USB device in Device Manager and in the taskbar notification area, it did not appear as a drive in Explorer.

Disk Management showed the following screenshot, where it is listed as Disk 1, which is Unknown and Not Initialized. More importantly, because this seems to be less common than other similarly issues I've looked at here, the disk space doesn't even show.

I've since tried a few tools recommended in previous threads here, with no success:
PhotoRec - did not detect the drive at all
Partition Wizard (free edition) - the drive shows up as 0MB, so there are no partitions to work with
Power Data Recovery (free) - this actually crashes when I select either Lost Partition Recover or Damaged Partition Recovery

I really need to retrieve some data off the disk, and I'm hoping that's not impossible at this point. The fact that the SSD can still power on and (somewhat) show up as an external device is... Read more

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Hi Jumanji,

My external HDD (WD) is not getting recognized in my laptop from last few weeks. I have followed different threads but didn't get any working solution.

I have tried below options:

1. Disk management : Initially showing MBR/GPT options but none worked. After that its showing my external HDD as 'Disk1 unknwon not initialized'.

2. MiniTools Partition Wizard : Installed MiniTools Partition Wizard v9 in my laptop however my external HDD is not showing in the tool as Disk2.

Could you please help me to get the issue resolved or recover the data at least.


Many thanks !!

A:External hard drive is showing 'Unknown Not Initialized'

Welcome onboard.

External HDD - Western Digital Model No/Name: ? Capacity : ?

Please post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management with only the faulty external connected. Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since.

I just got it out as I need some files on it, and when I hooked it up it didn't work: the computer recognized it as a CD drive or something... in Computer it would not show up or show up as just a drive letter ... in disk management it said No Media. I tried it on another PC too to no avail.

After much research, the most likely solution looked to be to get a new enclosure. So I did, but the drive still isn't working, but in a different way.

When I first hooked it up, all looked well: the system tray showed correct recognition of the drive and enclosure type/brand and installed the drivers successfully.

But the drive no longer shows up in Computer at all, and in disk management it now prompts me to initialize the disk, and has it marked as Unknown, Not Initialized.

I have spent all day trying to fix this problem, and have read a million threads on different sites and tried everything, to no consequence. I need the files on the drive, and have tried all of the following:

- booting in ubuntu and knoppix via cd - drive is not recognized

- every major app for this type of problem i saw recommended: seagate seatools, partition wizard, wd data lifeguard diagnostics, power data recovery, find and mount, a bunch of stuff on hiren's boot cd, test disk, etc.

In most cases, the drive was not recognized at a... Read more

A:External Hard Drive HELL (Unknown, Not Initialized)

Do NOT initialize it. With a usb stick or dvd Puppy Linux boot firmly in place ready to boot, can you reconnect the WD 2TB drive back to the computer like it was in the old days? Boot Puppy Linux, copy all the data folders and files onto another reliable external media. If that does not work, you might be heading for a local business-oriented computer fix-it place. However, let's see what others here might want to add.

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I had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since.

I just got it out as I need some files on it, and when I hooked it up it didn't work: the computer recognized it as a CD drive or something... in Computer it would not show up or show up as just a drive letter ... in disk management it said No Media. I tried it on another PC too to no avail.

After much research, the most likely solution looked to be to get a new enclosure. So I did, but the drive still isn't working, but in a different way.

When I first hooked it up, all looked well: the system tray showed correct recognition of the drive and enclosure type/brand and installed the drivers successfully.

But the drive no longer shows up in Computer at all, and in disk management it now prompts me to initialize the disk, and has it marked as Unknown, Not Initialized.

I have spent all day trying to fix this problem, and have read a million threads on different sites and tried everything, to no consequence. I need the files on the drive, and have tried all of the following:

- booting in ubuntu and knoppix via cd - drive is not recognized

- every major app for this type of problem i saw recommended: seagate seatools, partition wizard, wd data lifeguard diagnostics, power data recovery, find and mount, a bunch of stuff on hiren's boot cd, test disk, etc.

In most cases, the drive was not recognized at a... Read more

A:External Hard Drive HELL (Unknown, Not Initialized)

Do NOT initialize it. With a usb stick or dvd Puppy Linux boot firmly in place ready to boot, can you reconnect the WD 2TB drive back to the computer like it was in the old days? Boot Puppy Linux, copy all the data folders and files onto another reliable external media. If that does not work, you might be heading for a local business-oriented computer fix-it place. However, let's see what others here might want to add.

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i am a beginner at this, i downloaded easeus todo backup and clicked on the clone wizard. i clicked on for the source hard disk which was 18.61 gb, next for the destination hd 111.79 gb , which was my usb storage device, next for the hard disk layout, i had 18.61 gb for ntfs ///93.18 gb unallocated, it also said dest disk will be deleted, but i guess i was thinking only the portion that was needed to copy the 18.61 gb would be deleted not my entire external drive, and it still did not copy my source disk. is there any way i can get my data back, please help.. thanks
 

A:unallocated disk space on my usb external drive

You may want to give this a try:

http://www.ptdd.com/
 

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Hey,

Yesterday, I was working with my PC while my 1TB Seagate external hard (http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FreeAgent-Ultra-Portable-External-STAA1000101/dp/B0045JLPMO) was plugged in via USB. The USB connection was a little bit loose.

Then when I was plugging a USB flash memory in, I noticed that the external hard was disconnected.
I connected it again, but it didn't appear in My Computer.
Here is the state in Disk Management and Device Manager:




After that, I plugged out the "SATA to USB converter" from the hard and connected it directly to SATA cable inside the PC case (like internal HDD), but this time nothing showed up in Disk Management, Device Manager and BIOS. However, it took a long time for the system to boot.


I searched and read lots of threads and tested some other stuff:





(It didn't appear in Minitool Partion Wizad).

I've got a lot of data on this HDD which really matters to me.
Any help is really appreciated.
 

A:FreeAgent 1TB External Hard stopped working (unknown, not initialized)

Hi there Sedhadi,

If your HDD is failing the manufacturer's tests it is probably dead. IF you need to get your data back look for a reputable data recovery company in the area.
Hope that helps.
 

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Hey

Yesterday, I was working with my PC while my 1TB Seagate external hard (http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FreeAgent-Ultra-Portable-External-STAA1000101/dp/B0045JLPMO) was plugged in via USB. The USB connection was a little bit loose.

Then when I was plugging a USB flash memory in, I noticed that the external hard was disconnected.
I connected it again, but it didn't appear in My Computer.
Here is the state in Disk Management and Device Manager:

After that, I plugged out the "SATA to USB converter" from the hard and connected it directly to SATA cable inside the PC case (like internal HDD), but this time nothing showed up in Disk Management, Device Manager and BIOS. However, it took a long time for the system to boot.
I searched and read lots of threads and tested some other stuff:

(It didn't appear in Minitool Partion Wizad).

I've got a lot of data on this HDD which really matters to me.
Any help is really appreciated.
 

A:FreeAgent 1TB External Hard stopped working (unknown, not initialized)

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Yesterday, I was working with my PC while my 1TB Seagate external hard (Amazon.com: Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 3.0 Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive in Black STAA1000101: Electronics) was plugged in via USB. The USB connection was a little bit loose.

Then when I was plugging a USB flash memory in, I noticed that the external hard was disconnected.
I connected it again, but it didn't appear in My Computer.
Here is the state in Disk Management and Device Manager:



After that, I plugged out the "SATA to USB converter" from the hard and connected it directly to SATA cable inside the PC case (like internal HDD), but this time nothing showed up in Disk Management, Device Manager and BIOS. However, it took a long time for the system to boot.


I searched and read lots of threads and tested some other stuff:





(It didn't appear in Minitool Partion Wizad).

I've got a lot of data on this HDD which really matters to me.
Any help is really appreciated.

A:FreeAgent External Hard stopped working (unknown, not initialized)

Here are the screen-shots and images again:

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I have an WD 1TB hard disk which failed to initialize recently. It gives me an I/O error message. I found a few old threads here with similar problem and tried out the suggested steps. I ran WD diagnostic tool and passed the Quick test and Extended test(Screenshot attached). I would like to avoid the zero test and formatting of my data if possible. The hard disk is almost full and recovering them after formatting would be really painful. I would be really grateful if someone could please help me out?

A:1TB WD external hard disk not initialized

Is you have a empty hard drive kicking about or somewhere to store you data, move it all to there.
Then format you drive, see if that works.

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I see the external disk in Disk Management but it is not getting displayed in My Computer nor any data recovery software is detecting it :(
Image attached..
When I right click on disk 1 Initialize Disk option is also disabled.

Please help!
-Zia

A:Seagate external hard disk not getting initialized

What are the other options when you right click on the disk?

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I have reinstalled win XP family on my hard disk after removing a Pro version.
I now have 3 partitions :
C 17.5 GB NTFS
F 26.6 GB NTFS
unallocated space 30.5 GB

I have used paragon to moved space between C and F, but the unallocated space seems to be unreachable.

Could someone help me do away with it so that I can use the whole space ?
Thanks !

Yannig

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Hi Guys,

Sorry if it has a already been posted.My System was working fine yesterday.I turned it off and came back today and tried turning it on.It took the System to Automatic Repair and got stuck there
- When ii restarted it. it said "Select a proper Boot Device"
- I Booted into BIOS and it stopped getting Detected
- I reseated the HDD and it was getting detected again
- I took it out and connected a friends system and checked
- It took a while to Start his OS.
- Then In Computer Management my hdd being shown as "931.2Gb Unallocated"
- How to get it Back..
- I have 6+ years photographs on it.
- Can anyone please help me with it?
- I checked this tutorial "http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/26829-convert-dynamic-disk-basic-disk.html"
- But not aware which option should i use so i can recover my data back.
- Can anyone please help me with it please
- It is a western Digital 1TB HDD

A:Hard Disk Unallocated Space. How to get data back.

Hi,

The only thing I can think to try is to boot into Partition Wizard, and then attempt to recover any partitions on that HDD using the Recover Partition Wizard option.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

Regards,
Golden

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Hi,

I am using Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.

I bought a second internal hard drive about a month ago. I partitioned it and used one partition for Windows backup and the other partition is for storing data.

I moved a lot of data from my primary disk on to the partition on the new disk. Everything has been working fine until now.

This morning I booted up the computer and the new disk is not showing in Computer. I rebooted and checked the bios, the disk is showing there so I let the OS boot and then opened Disk Manager. The new disk is showing there too but now it appears as unallocated and not initialized.

How do I fix this and how do I fix Windows 7 so that it doesn't happen again? I really do not want to lose the data on the disk.

Many thanks in advance.

Fido.

A:Disk showing as unallocated/not initialized

Can you post a screen shot Disk management?
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

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It was working fine the other day, then out of nowhere it just stopped working on my mac, i plugged it into my windows laptop to get a better idea of what is going on, and it says (not initialized, unallocated)

On minitool it says bad disk, and logical type, can anyone explain how to fix this ? I know you have probably gotten this before and gotten bored, but please help me, i mainly just want the files and am prepared to throw this stupid hardrive away

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I'm new here, and pardon my english.
I'm totally panic, I was backup my files to my TOSHIBA Ext.HD (500GB) a while ago, and suddenly my HD said it need to be format so the HD is function again, kinda...
Well I don't want to loose all my data, at first I try to command prompt and use "chkdsk :H/F" (I found it in the internet it said this can help) and the scaning is stop at 72%, I tried it over and over again it's just the same. I try to unplug (safe remove) the HD and plug it again, now my HD is unallocated until now.

I tried EaseUS Partition Recovery 8.5 & EaseUS Partition Master 10.2 but when the list to choose partition to recover show up, the list just blank.

And everytime I go to disk management it's told me to intialize the disk. (the Ext.HD)
Well some say the other way to fix it is to format it, through the disk management with the "New Simple Volume" but I can't click it. PLEASE HELP ME!!

A:HELP! My External Hard Disk is unallocated!

Hello and welcome Wepepe mate if ti is just the data you want then try using this ditty of mine

BOOTABLE UBUNTU
Make a bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download
Set the BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY not INSTALL
When it is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in the pic .
Open the drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source or other installed drive doing this.
I am not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this method both on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows.

Now there is another one you can use it is Linux Mint MATE but basically they run the same way. I use a disk as I don't like using sticks because it is a waste of one with just one bootable item on it. They both boot to the other OS if you set the BIOS boot order to where the Ubuntu or Linux is and it runs independent of Windows

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Hi there,

A friend of mine wanted some data from my Windows 7 desktop pc and brought over a laptop hard disk which she assured me was empty. So,I plugged it in a usb port. I also have an external 3 tb hard disk in a Startech seat plugged in a usb. When her disk came on it showed that she had windows Vista on it. Of course I was angry, but I thought I could format
her disk to get rid Vista. It dis get rid of Vista, and I gave her the data she wanted.

Then I booted my pc and now my 3tb external disk does no show up in My Computer, and in Computer Management it shows up as Not Initialized and with 746.52 Unallocated space. I have over 2tb of data on this disk. I ran Testdisk and stopped when I got to this:

Disk/dev/sdc - 3000 GB/2794 GiB - CHS 364801 255 63
Partition Start End Size in sectors
>P MS Data 262206 1565550314 1565288109
P MS Data 1565550592 5860530175 4294979584

Below this it says Structure: OK

As well as up/down keys to select partion
Keys A: Add Partition, L:n Load Backup, T: Change Type, P: List Files
Enter: to continue
NTFS, blocksize=4096, 801 GB / 746 GiB


It is here where I don't know what to next. (I really don't want to lose my data, but does that prospect not look good?)

I think it was Jumanji who I was reading yesterday who suggested to someone else to use Testdisk. Sorry if i made any mistakes posting images (this is my first time).


My System SpecsSystem Spec

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Hi there,

A friend of mine wanted some data from my Windows 7 desktop pc and brought over a laptop

hard disk which she assured me was empty. So,I plugged it in a usb port. I also have an

external 3 tb hard disk in a Startech seat plugged in a usb. When her disk came on it

showed that she had windows Vista on it. Of course I was angry, but I thought I could format

her disk to get rid Vista. It dis get rid of Vista, and I gave her the data she wanted.

Then I booted my pc and now my 3tb external disk does no show up in My Computer, and in

Computer Management it shows up as Not Initialed and with 746.52 Unallocated space. I have

over 2tb of data on this disk. I ran Testdisk and stopped when I got to this:

Disk/dev/sdc - 3000 GB/2794 GiB - CHS 364801 255 63
Partition Start End Size in sectors
>P MS Data 262206 1565550314 1565288109
P MS Data 1565550592 5860530175 4294979584

Below this it says Structure: OK

As well as up/down keys to select partion
Keys A: Add Partition, L:n Load Backup, T: Change Type, P: List Files
Enter: to continue
NTFS, blocksize=4096, 801 GB / 746 GiB

It is here where I don't know what to next. (I really don't want to lose my data, but does

that prospect not look good?)

I think it was Jumanji who I was reading yesterday who suggested to someone else to use Testdisk.
Sorry if i made any mistakes posting images (this is my first time).

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I upgrade my laptop hard drive to 1tb hitachi travelstar and restoring the image with macrium reflect went well and prompted to reboot. After rebooting, it showed the hp logo then a black screen with an underscore on the top left, no hard drive activity. Windows boot manager said "the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible: status "0xc000000f". I used the windows system repair cd and it said that it will repair the following: "windows boot manager". The following startup will be deleted "windows setup", path "system.sav\2ndCap\boot.wim", windows device: partition=cprimary) 447134 mb. Everything was okay after the repair, but after a long 5 hour night of updating programs, windows updates...etc, I looked in disk management and there is 465gb unallocated space at the end and 200mb free space in the beginning with the c: drive (main partition) after the 200mb space followed by the recovery partition. I can't extend the c: drive at all, it's greyed out. I don't know what to do now, please I don't know much about these things, so go easy, thanks! On top of that, when reinstalling the hard drive, one of the screws from the enclosure fell down the sink drain.

A:Upgraded laptop hard drive, disk management unallocated space problem

I assume you were upgrading your hard drive?
that can happen when the your image has less hard drive space than the current

if you cannot extend your partition, you can simply create new volume, or using a partition software to try to extend.

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I upgrade my laptop hard drive to 1tb hitachi travelstar and restoring the image with macrium reflect went well and prompted to reboot. After rebooting, it showed the hp logo then a black screen with an underscore on the top left, no hard drive activity. Windows boot manager said "the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible: status "0xc000000f". I used the windows system repair cd and it said that it will repair the following: "windows boot manager". The following startup will be deleted "windows setup", path "system.sav\2ndCap\boot.wim", windows device: partition=cprimary) 447134 mb. Everything was okay after the repair, but after a long 5 hour night of updating programs, windows updates...etc, I looked in disk management and there is 465gb unallocated space at the end and 200mb free space in the beginning with the c: drive (main partition) after the 200mb space followed by the recovery partition. I can't extend the c: drive at all, it's greyed out. I don't know what to do now, please I don't know much about these things, so go easy, thanks! On top of that, when reinstalling the hard drive, one of the screws from the enclosure fell down the sink drain.

A:Upgraded laptop hard drive, disk management unallocated space order problem

Hi first can you confirm which operating system this is as you list xp and have posted a thread in win vista and 7,I think you might need to redo your install

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my hard drive is reading as not initialized and unallocated its not showing in "my computer" any1 no how 2 fix. please all my wedding pics and videos r on it

A:hard drive reading as not initialized and unallocated

iv got partition wizard n its stating that its read only any ideas

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Hey guys,

I have this new Western Digital My Book that I got about 6 months ago and it suddenly will not show up when I plug it in. I tried looking for solutions on what's happening but I can't get past the first few steps, until I found one where it says that the drive is probably toasted! Anyway, I'm still not giving up hope. I tried it on two computers, I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver but it's still the same. I tried initializing it and it's giving me "The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error". I would like to chkdsk it but I forgot what the drive letter of the hard drive, so I can't really search it.

Here're some screenshots.


Also didthis :

Thanks for your time!

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Hello to All,
I have a 500 GB external USB drive that I can't access on my wife's Windows 8.1 laptop. I have confirmed that is in good operating condition on my XP PC where I can access all my files but in Computer Management on the Windows 8.1 laptop it displays as Disk 1 with a red arrow pointing down and it says Unknown and Not Initialized. Can someone help?
Thanks
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4500U CPU @ 1.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 69 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 7908 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 940362 MB, Free - 902392 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., Inspiron 5537
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled
 

A:External USB Drive Unknown and Not Initialized

With the USB drive plugged in, go to Control Panel > Device Manager. Then see if there are any yellow exclamation marks. Try right click, update driver.
 

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hello,
I recently formated my desktop, I have everything saved on the (F) partition, and i formatted the primary partition (C) which leaves me with huge chunk of Unallocated space that is unable to use. Everytime i try to create a new partition, it says that space is not enough ( i even tried creating the min amount of space 8mb) when the space available is almost 500 Gigs.
I tried researching the web but no help... please help me im running out of disk space and i dont want to delete anything

A:Unallocated disk space error, Can not partition volume space

Please post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image - Windows 7 Help Forums

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hi there..

my name is Anis...i just bought external hard drive 500gb...but after I formatted it..it's just about 400++ gb can be used..i would like to know..how to use the extra/reserve space for my ext hard disk?by any means, i want to fully use my 500gb space for the external...please help me...thank you...
 

A:How to fully use the extra hard disk space for external hard drive?

It should have about 465GB, what are you seeing?

You will not have 500GB due to the conversion between binary and decimal for reporting sizes.
 

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Hi, My DVD Recorder died, so I took out the HDD Seagate DB35.2 and plugged it in my laptop. I get the above message in disk management. I also tried Knoppix 7.0 but the disk does not show up. My scope is to save the content in the disk and move it to my PC, is it a mission impossible? Any suggestion is very welcome. Thanks Alex

A:Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized

I'm not sure you will have much luck if the disk is not readable. You can usually use a Linux distro to try to read it, but you've tried that. If it can be read you can also try Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console. Other than that you could try Recuva and see if that will work. But, if the disk can't be read, I'm afraid there is nothing you can do if those 3 options don't help.

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Hi, thanks for reading this and thanks for your help.

My laptop took a fall and after that it doesnt enter the boot sequence for windows, stops at the laptop manufacturer logo.

I remove my hdd from the laptop and put into a external drive i keep for this purpose, checking hdd?s.

I can?t find the drive in my computer but I can see it in disk managment. It says Disk unknown - not initialized.

I?ve tried using PW but i cant see the drive on there. I would really like to keep my files I have on that drive but it seems to me that it toast.

Regards...

A:Disk unknown - not initialized

Quote:
My laptop took a fall and after that it doesnt enter the boot sequence for windows, stops at the laptop manufacturer logo.


That is bad news mate. Usually a mechanical HDD won't survive physical shock like dropping etc. This is because of the microscopical gap between the head and platter. Heads flying height on modern HDDs is about 5-10 nano-meters. For example: an average human's hair is about 25000 nano-meters in diameter. A drop will most likely cause the head to stuck on platter or cause scratches on platter surface.
I would suggest diagnosing the HDD using "Seagate Seatool" and verifying it's health.

SeaTools for Windows | Seagate
Run the tool and select your external HDD for testing. Then choose "Basic Tests --> Shot Generic" and wait for it to finish.

If the test is a pass, run "Basic Tests --> Long Generic". If either of the test fails, the case will be beyond DIY and you should consult a data recovery pro for recovery.

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My external HDD has crashed after unplugging it accidentally while using it. I believe the directory structure has been corrupted. The external HDD shows Unknown, no size, and Not Initialized on the Disk Management screen:

I have tried using MiniTool Partition Wizard as described in this thread.

I'm not sure where to go now to try to recover the data on this HDD.

Thanks for your help in advance.

A:External HDD shows Unknown, no size, Not Initialized

Try the Data Recovery tool of Partition Wizard.

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I have a 1TB external my passport USB hard disk.It was working fine till last week but when i plugged it in today windows 7 didn't recognize it.I can see the hard disk in Disk management as "Disk1 Unknown Not initialized" but can't see it under my computer.Also the hard disk light is blinking continuously .When i plug it in USB port it tries to read data and the there is a clicking sound.It clicks few times and then it goes completely silent.
I have tried using various partition tools like MiniPartation and TestDisc etc but they don't even recognize the hard disk

Any help is much appreciated. My priority is recovering data I can buy a new hdd if i can recover data.
Please let me know if u need more info.I am posting a screenshot of disk manager for reference.

Thanks!!!!

A:Disk1 Unknown Not Initialized error for external HDD

My Passport is Western Digital. Isn't it?

I am not placing much hopes on your drive. It doesn't even show the capacity.

Anyway let us check your drive with Datalifeguard Diagnostics for DOS.

Please see this post and execute. Please help,disk 1 unknown not initialized (western digital external)

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This 2.5" SATA drive is from a Toshiba that seems to have died this morning. There's no boot, no BIOS, nada.
I removed the drive and attached it via USB to my Win7 box where it shows as "Unknown, Not initialized, and offline." There are no rt-click options in disk management. I can hear the drive spinning, but it shuts down on its own occasionally, and sometimes won't power up at all without a bit of fiddiling.
I can't get any response at all from my Linux box, and neither Test Disk nor Recuva finds it at all.
Is there anything else to do, or is this drive dead, as I suspect it is?
 

A:Disk unknown, offline, not initialized.

If it's not being recognized properly, there isn't anything else that you can do.
 

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I have a Samsung external hard disk drive.
It doesn't detect on Explorer.

System Specifications

OS: Windows 10 - 64 bit
Notebook Model Dell - Inspiron 14 - 5000 series (i7 processor intel)
External HD - Samsung M3 Portable

DISK MANAGEMENT

Sometimes it appears on diskmgmt.msc, but sometimes does not.
Right now it's appearing as "Disk 1 - Unknown - Not Initialised"


DEVICE MANAGEMENT

I can see my hard disk under "Disk Drives" as "Samsung M3 Portable USB Device".
DEVICES AND PRINTERS

My external hd appears in "Devices and Printers" under "Devices".
But cannot be accessed.


MINITOOL - PARTITION RECOVERY

It finds the HDD, but "Partition Recovery Wizard" is not able to recover it.

ALREADY TRIED
Using another cable;
Connecting it in another computer;
Restarted computer several times;
MiniTool - Partition Wizard Free;

A:Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized - Samsung M3 Portable

Hi rafaelvidal,

Welcome to SevenForums,

1. Complete details of your Samsung M3. Model no: ?? Capacity ??
2. Screenshots: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
3. No overlapping screenshots. In the Partition Wizard screenshot I can't see what is behind except that it is an MBR drive.

Please redo your post for the folks here to understand and help you. If you are not in the Americas please change the timezone (UserCP) so that we get to know whether you are sleeping or awake.

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I am trying to recover data from laptop internal HDD use as an external hard drive to recover data from that HDD. I can't see my HDD in my computer but in DISK Managemnet, there is a message, "Disk 1 Unknown Not Initizalized"

Please Help!!

Thanks,

A:Recover Data from Disk that is unknown and not initialized

If the data is critical, and it sounds like it is.. the first thing I would do is use a software that makes a sector by sector backup or image of that uninitialized drive. That way if trying to make it readable by initializing it should hose it, you have a copy.

After that, if you know that the unititialized drive was at one time formatted NTFS then you might try initializing it with Partition Wizard freeware

But it may be worthwhile to talk to someone well versed in disk recovery. There may even be some dedicated forums around for that specialty.

If you get lucky and the Partition Wizard initialization shortcut works, then the files should be there after doing a non-destructive format as NTFS file system.

Assuming that's what it was to begin with.

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I am experiencing the same issue as with jenny123 but with an additional problem. I am troubleshooting a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1TB external hard drive for my buddy. It is previously working but one day, it is not detected anymore by any device. It is found in the Disk Management however, it is listed as Unknown, Not Initialized, and not showing the partition as shown in the screenshot.


When I try to change it from Offline to Online, I am encountering the error:
"Virtual Disk Manager: The system cannot find the file specified"

I also used the DISKPART in cmd but it is not showing Disk 1 as shown below.


The external hard drive is found in disk drives but it is not showing it's model name.


I tried all the recommended software (partition wizard, testdisk, icare) but still no luck. I also tried searching online for an answer but there's no closure to their issues as well. Hope someone can help on this as he need a) the drive and b) recover the files in the external drive. Thanks!

EDIT: The drive can be seen in the Devices and Printers as shown below.

A:Disk unknown, not initialized, and not showing partition

Hi

For any serious troubleshooting, diagnostics or recovery attempt, you should always connect an HDD to a direct SATA port. Usually you can easily remove the header of any Seagate Golex drive and then connect it to an internal SATA port.

Let us know what "Disk Management" reports when you connect the drive directly.

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I ran BIOS diagnostics on a Dell OptiPlex 3010 yesterday and received an error code (2000-0142) - short self test unsuccessful. I pulled the drive and swapped a new SATA drive to get the user back up and running quickly. I'm trying to connect the drive with the error to my laptop using a StarTech USB 2.0 to IDE SATA Adapter. When I open Disk Management I see Disk 0 (my laptop drive) and Disk 1 (the connected drive). It says Unknown / Not Initialized. When I right click and try to initialize it says "The device is not ready." I've tried the more actions > refresh / rescan. Now when I right click the option to Initialize Disk is grayed out and I can only see Offline and Properties.

I browsed through a thread from about 2 years ago and couldn't find a helpful solution.

The drive: Western Digital 250GB SATA / 16MB Cache - WD2500AAKX

A:Disk Management - Unknown / Not Initialized Drive

Have you attempted to run Western Digital's Data Lifeguard diagnostic software? It has a short test and an extended test.

Are you trying to recover anything from this drive? Or just trying to find out if it's broken?

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I have this 160GB hard drive that I have not been using for a while, yet I am very sure it was working fine the last time I used it.

Today when I plugged it in to my new notebook that is running Windows 8.1 now, it doesn't detect my hard drive. I also tried on other notebook and it has the same issue. So I know the problem is most likely on the hard drive.

Using Command Prompt, it says Disk 1's status is "Online", but size is "0".

Here is the status at Computer Management:
Disk 1
Unknown
Not Initialized

I also tried to Initialize on MBR, but it returned me with "Incorrect function." message.

I tried "Troubleshoot" and the result says:
"USB Mass Storage Device is an older USB device and might not work with USB 3.0
Plug the device into an available USB 2.0 port..."
My notebook has 3 USB ports where according to the manual, 2 of them are backward compatible to 2.0... I tested on each, but it is still not working.

What should I do? Although I have not been using it for a while, I wish to check the content first before formatting it. I might have some forgotten, yet important files within.

Thanks in advance. Hope I can be assisted here.

A:HDD not Detected: Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized, Online

If the controller in the enclosure failed removing the drive and slaving it into a desktop PC may let you recover your files. If the drive failed there isn't much you can do.

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Answer Match 79.8%

I've a full system backup and 139 GBs of free disk space, but Disk Management won't allow me to create a new partition to restore the image because I don't have any unallocated disk space. Is my backup image useless?
 

A:No unallocated disk space in Disk Management and can't create new partition.

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Guys i have a similar problem but unlike the problem above my partition magic software does not read my external HD.. The device manager shows the HD is working properly.. and the disk manager shows DISK1 unknown and not initialized.. i m giving screen shot for both of them.. My external HD is WD 1TB HD.. it does not matter if i lose the data..but i want the HD to work[ATTACH][/ATTACH]

A:disk manager shows DISK1 unknown and not initialized

I had a Seagate drive fail suddenly last week -- a lot like the situation you described, and neither the Seagate nor the WD drive diagnostics even see the drive when it's in an external drive caddy. When I connect it to an internal drive cable, I get a SMART error and the PC hangs on the boot.

Have also tried Minitool Partition Wizard and some other data recovery apps, which CAN see the external drive, but they can't find or recover any partitions.

Suggest you check with Minitool as they offer a free trial of a data recovery app that might work for you.

This is the first time in years that I've had a drive fail and NONE of the data recovery apps have been able to find anything on the drive.

I've resorted to sending it off to a local data recovery service and am awaiting a quote.

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see attached. I've just bought this new 4TB HDD (disk 2) to replace other 500GB (disk 3).

After having viewed a few tutorials on YouTube I did "Shrink Volume" on the primary partition (when that's all there was) and created the 1.6GB space.

When right clicking on the Unallocated space, all options except Parameters and Help are greyed, so I cannot click on New Simple Volume which all tutorials indicate I must do to give it a drive letter.

If I try to Extend Volume on the primpary partition, I get the following error message:
Only the first 2TB are usable on large MBR disks.
Cannot create partitions beyond the 2TB mark, nor convert the disk to dynamic.

Does this mean the 1.6GB unallocated space is lost?

please help.

A:Unallocated space on new 4TB external HDD, how can I name this volume?

MBR only supports up to 2TB per partition. You'll need to convert your disk to GPT, that unfortunately requires UEFI support.
Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk

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Answer Match 79.38%

So my external hdd has of 500gb from iomega has served me for quite some years but today my laptop (main pc) just does not show it anymore and I cannot for the life of me get access to the files which were on there.
here is what i know so far.

- Drive shows up in devicemanager as Mass storage
- drive shows up in the screen to eject mass storage devices
- disk management shows that the entire 465gb worth of storage has been unallocated with a black bar above it

So after searching for a bit I found a program called EASEUS data recovery wizard. it started scanning the drive and showed all the folders and files that were on the disk, ALL OF THEM and that made me really happy. However when it was completely done scanning it created a special kind of file to just organize every single file in the document based on type rather then the order and state they were in previously and besides that, the full program would cost me 50$

I looked for more programs and then found Partition recovery Wizard Minitools, it started scanning but instead of one partition it showed a bunch of partitions of about 600 mb's each. I really have clue what it means and i do not know if it is a good thing or a bad thing

in case it turns out to be a bad thing, what do i do next?

A:help recover external hdd with unallocated space.

Well it appears your external hard drive has failed, Data recovery can be expensive $50 is cheap IF it can work????? That's a big IF. Minitool will work with you with there paid version. Again IF it will work. These are consumer tool not professional tools. So how important is your data. Sorry I can't be helpful here at all.

One think you might try is to get the External drive out of its enclosure and hook it up directly to SATA connection in your computer and hope that it only the Connection or the actual enclosure chipset that is failing?

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Hi.
My external (seagate) hard drive can be detected, but it won't show on My Computer. I tried few options however the device is still not being recognised.

It appears in my device manager. I have uninstalled it, plug my hard drive back. It gets detected, but it still won't appear in My Computer.

It also appears in disk management. It's shows as Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialised and the right column is blank.

I downloaded the MiniTool Partition Wizard and attempted to recover my data. I completed all the steps expect the last step as I can't right click to give the drive a letter.

I have important unbacked information on this device. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Thanks

A:External Hard Drive Not Detecting. Disk 1 Unknown.

Hello Liyah,

Your screenshots are two small to be able to read.

For now in Disk Management, see if you area able to right click on the smaller Disk 1 box in the lower pane, and click on an Online or Initialize option in the context menu. Afterwards, make sure the disk has a drive letter.

Disk - Set as Offline or Online

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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Hi all, Let me start off by saying i have spent the last few hours looking online for anything that would be able to help sort out my problem and found your forum the most helpful and the only one i have signed up to. So thankyou in advance.

I have a WD1200D036 (2.5 120GB external) that is not showing in My Computer nor was it showing up in DM but after going to device management\Disk Drives then Volumes tab and clicking on Populate it turned up in Disk Management as: Disk 1 Unkown not initialized. when i click on it and select initialize disk it opens up and asks me to select disk 1 and what partition style (I just sent with MBR) then click ok. It pops up with a error "Incorrect Function"

Any ideas??

A:Exteranl HDD - Unknown, Not Initialized and no disc size in Disk Manag

Hi

I would suggest verifying the health condition of your hard drive first. You can use "WD Data Life Guard Diagnostic" to do that.

Download : WD Support / Downloads / Legacy Internal / WD RE2

The WD tool will list both your internal HDD and USB HDD for testing. Select the USB one and choose "Extended Test" to run. Let us know the test result in next reply.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-BkCVTAmL8

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Hello

I got a new hardrive and I was trying to partition it when I accidentally made it half unallocated. So I now I'm trying to either turn it into a volume or even merge it with the other half, but I can not extend the volume I have as that option is greyed out and I can't turn my unallocated pace into a simple volume as that option is also greyed out. I hoping someone might know what I can do. Any help would be appreciated.

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i ahve 16gb of unallocated space on my hard drive and want to add to the C drive, how do i do this? Operating system windows Xp home ed.
 

A:unallocated disk space

Use a program called Paragon Partition Manager you can resize partitions and make new ones. Just make sure that you back up needed data first just in case.
 

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I used dariks nuke and boot and Formatted my old Laptop but now when i try to install any windows this Pops up.
 

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If you cant see the picture then the free space and used space slots say 0.0MB

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I just replaced the motherboard in my computer. Before doing so I moved all my files over to an external hard drive. Now that drive is not available to me. I used Disk Management to view it and it said it was Unallocated, did some research and was able to use Partition Magic to make the disk recognizable but now when I try to acces the drive I get the message that the disk is not formatted.

How can I get the data off of this drive? I have a lot of information I need.
 

A:Unallocated Disk Space

Can any other computers read this drive?
 

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Prob basic stupidity, so bear with a troubled mind! I've been dumped with an Aspire 5020 to get up and running by a mate. Hard drive was fritzed so I got a second hand 80 gig drive and installed it. Went to install XP on the drive, but it would only format to 62%. I decided to partition it, with the operating system on C. Created a partition of 10gig. XP then installed with no problem.

Now I cannot see anything but C drive (10 gig) in My Comp, but if I open Disk Management, C Drive shows in the top section, but the rest of the drive only shows up as 60 gig unallocated space underneath.

Could some very kind person tell me how I can allocate a drive letter/format this unallocated space please?

Many thanks!
 

A:XP Pro 64: unallocated disk space

In Disk Management, right click on that unallocated space and create new primary partition. That should do it.

Edit for additional thoughts:
Before you do that, I can't remember if XP64 will allow you to expand a partition into unallocated space or not. If it does, I would urge you to consider giving the C partition more than 10 gigs. Sure XP will install and run fine on less, but a few months down the road you'll be running low on free space. Might be safer to give it 20. Or even consider just having the drive 1 big partition... If XP's disk management won't let you expand it, you might make and boot off a gparted disk and expand the partition that way.
 

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Before I installed Win 7, I had a C: drive of about 133 GB and a D: drive partition of the remainder of my 160 GB HD. I removed the partition so I would just have only the C: drive before I installed Win 7. I no longer have the D: drive showing but it appears I am not regaining the space from the D: as I still have about 133 GB on my C:. What do I need to do to regain the unallocated space?

A:Unallocated Disk Space

Extend the drive.

But Disk Management will not extend a system drive so you need a 3rd party partition manager like bootable Partition Wizard.

Create a backup image as these operations can fail.

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As a warning, I'm not tech savvy and I'm rather new to any tech forums!

So, hi. I have a gaming computer that runs Windows 8.1 with minimal issues. The only issue I'm running into is the fact I have a meager amount of disk space on my C: drive. I ended up looking at the hard drive, and I happened to have a 1TB one that's installed into the computer. When I opened Disk Management, it turned out I have about 900+ GB of unallocated space, but here's the catch: it's on another disk with the D: one. The C: drive is on a separate disk which makes it kind of "impossible" to transfer between the too from what I've read from other threads.

How exactly do I find a way to transfer the extra space so it's sharing the same disk with my C: drive? Do I have to reboot my Windows drive so it's installed on disk 0 instead?

^ This is what my disk manager looks like.

I appreciate the help!

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Hello smart computer people

I originally bought a computer last year with Vista installed. I had a someone install XP Professional on it instead. The hard drive is supposed to be 400GB. In computer management it shows drive C as 74.50 GB NTFS and 298.11 GB as unallocated. How can I use the unallocated space? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
cosmo727

A:298 GB unallocated disk space

You can format it and use the space after that, it will appear as a separate partition.

Go to Start> right click on My Computer> Manage> Disk Management. Right click on the unallocated space and choose Format from the drop down menu.

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I had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since.

I just got it out as I need some files on it, and when I hooked it up it didn't work: the computer recognized it as a CD drive or something... in Computer it would not show up or show up as just a drive letter ... in disk management it said No Media. I tried it on another PC too to no avail.

After much research, the most likely solution looked to be to get a new enclosure. So I did, but the drive still isn't working, but in a different way.

When I first hooked it up, all looked well: the system tray showed correct recognition of the drive and enclosure type/brand and installed the drivers successfully.

But the drive no longer shows up in Computer at all, and in disk management it now prompts me to initialize the disk, and has it marked as Unknown, Not Initialized.

I have spent all day trying to fix this problem, and have read a million threads on different sites and tried everything, to no consequence. I need the files on the drive, and have tried all of the following:

- booting in ubuntu and knoppix via cd - drive is not recognized

- every major app for this type of problem i saw recommended: seagate seatools, partition wizard, wd data lifeguard diagnostics, power data recovery, find and mount, a bunch of stuff on hiren's boot cd, test disk, etc.

In most cases, the drive was no... Read more

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I had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since.

I just got it out as I need some files on it, and when I hooked it up it didn't work: the computer recognized it as a CD drive or something... in Computer it would not show up or show up as just a drive letter ... in disk management it said No Media. I tried it on another PC too to no avail.

After much research, the most likely solution looked to be to get a new enclosure. So I did, but the drive still isn't working, but in a different way.

When I first hooked it up, all looked well: the system tray showed correct recognition of the drive and enclosure type/brand and installed the drivers successfully.

But the drive no longer shows up in Computer at all, and in disk management it now prompts me to initialize the disk, and has it marked as Unknown, Not Initialized.

I have spent all day trying to fix this problem, and have read a million threads on different sites and tried everything, to no consequence. I need the files on the drive, and have tried all of the following:

- booting in ubuntu and knoppix via cd - drive is not recognized

- every major app for this type of problem i saw recommended: seagate seatools, partition wizard, wd data lifeguard diagnostics, power data recovery, find and mount, a bunch of stuff on hiren's boot cd, test disk, etc.

In most cases, the drive was no... Read more

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Hello

I am trying to recover data from my external HD 1 TB Fantom Drive GreenDrive. It crashed and I had no choice to force power down. When I look into Disk Management - I see that Disk 1 Unknown Size Not Initialized.

See Disk Man.JPG for printscreen of Disk Management.

I tried following the Mini Partition Tool advice and did not find the external drive on the software. Please see Mini Partion Tool.JPG for print screen.

I am thinking about buying another external HD 2TB and clone this drive to recover the data. Any advice to clone a drive that I cannot select.

Thanks in advance for your help!

A:Fantom Drives GreenDrive Disk 1 Unknown, Not Initialized - Data Recove

Quote:
It crashed


I've seen that and the HDDs had truly crashed, wasn't anything I could do but in a couple of instances I sent them off to a firm that recovers data if the platters/disks in them haven't been physically damaged. Sometimes the read-write heads will scratch the platters and they are then truly screwed up.

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Hello,

I was recently experimenting with partitions and i had to assign 50 GB of disk space to a partition. Sadly, I noticed that after I deleted it I can't add it back to my main hard drive's space. Does anyone know how I can do this so I have all my disk space again?

A:Can't Assign Unallocated Disk Space

Please open Computer Management->Disk Management and post a screenshot
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Hello everyone,

This is my first post here, and I'm hoping that I can find the answers I need with what I'm sure is a vastly knowledgeable and extremely cool crowd.

So, here's what I'm trying to achieve. I have a Getac B300 laptop running W7Pro on a single partition. Through a rather bizarre mix of nostalgia and my love for sheer simplicity, I somehow got it into my head that I wanted to run an XP Pro installation on the same machine.

The next station of this (surely flawed ) thought process led me to wonder whether I could do just that with the already existing W7 installation. I got around to shrinking the C: partition, which netted me some 51 gigs of free space that I figured I could use to create a new partition on which to install XPPro. So far, so good.

As you'd expect by now, simply sticking the XP CD into the DVD drive and restarting the machine just won't work: I got the "XP can't see the hard drive" message. So, armed with Google as my friend, I ended up educating myself about how to use nLite to create a copy with integrated iaahci and iastor. Problem is, Having prepared three copies already, after I start the installation sequence and the XP CD installer starts loading files, I'm ending up with the message "the file iastor.sys could not be found," even though I did make sure to include the file that I downloaded from somewhere in the integration process.

So what am I missing here? What am I doing wrong? (I know that the whole concept ... Read more

A:How do I install XP on unallocated disk space?

Hi and welcome to Seven Forums.

We have a tutorial on how to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows XP. Give it a read and see if following it works out for you.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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I have read several forums and postings on this subject but so far I have not had any luck in getting an answer to my issue. I have an HP laptop with a 500 GB HD that came with Vista. I partioned the disk to create a data disk so that we could store pictures on it. So the computer showed a C drive (OS, 220 GB) and E drive (recovery 12 GB) and a D drive (data 232 GB). About six months ago I loaded Windows 7 on it with no problems and the computer still showed the same info. I was set up Windows backup and using the D drive as the back up location and as you can imagine as the C drive grew it started to run out of room to do the backup.

So I bought and installed a Seagate 2 TB external HD. I moved the data files (pictures mostly) from the D drive to the Seagate, which is now showing as the H drive. I opened the Back Up utility and selected the H drive as the new back up location and performed a back up. Per instructions found several places online I used the Windows command "Delete Volume" from the drop down menu under Computer Management/Storage/Disk Management to free up the old D drive space. Everything seemed to work fine and I now have 232 GB of unallocated space.

My problem is that the D drive was assigned a new disk number. So on the Disk Management view I have Disk 0 on the top row, with the C and E drive listed. On the second row I show Disk 1, no drive letter, with unallocated space (there is a third row with Disk 3, H drive). I guess that... Read more

A:Unallocated space on a different disk than C drive

Hello Tarheel72, welcome to Seven Forums!



Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.


How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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I am running Vista Ultimate on a new PC that has a 500 GB on the hard drive.
It came with two partitions, i.e., C:/ for OS (455 GB) and D/: for Recovery (10 GB). Like an idiot I thought I could see if I couldn't create set aside 35 gigs for other files, namely, creating a backup file with Acronis of C:/. I went into Control Panel/Disk Maintenance and foolishly played around with the various commands on each drive as a dry run. I right clicked on the D:/ Partition and hit the shrink volume command and thought I got out without doing any harm. What happened was I now have 6.51 GB on D:/ partition and 3.49 GB unallocated space. The amount of GB on C:/ remained 455. I have what I hope is a simple question. Is there any way to return the unallocated space to the D:/ partition using Disk Management? If not, how would I do this? Thanks in advance.
 

A:Unallocated Space in Disk Management

I believe that you should be able to merge those two partitions.
 

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A few months back I replaced the HD on a Vista notebook I have. I just realized that my maths must have been out when I allocated partitions, as I have 268 GB of unallocated Disk space.
I have a C partition and a D and G partitions. I would like to use the unallocated Disk space in either the D or G partitions. How do I go about that?
In Disk Management when I right click on the C partition I have the option to extend but when I right click on my D or G partitions I only have the option to shrink.
 

A:How to utilize my unallocated disk space

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Hello,
I have installed Win7 Ultimate (x86) on my 350GB SATA HDD.(2 partitions NTFS) and one old IDE HDD is used as slave (two partitions NTFS) (both disks MBR) (OLD HDD has WinXP Pro installed)

Win 7 disk management shows 8mb and 9mb space as unallocated at the end of partitions (on both HDD).
but the same disks wont show such unallocated disk space when checked through Win XP disk management

what is the reason ? what actually is the real case ? some space unallocated or not ?

regards

A:Unallocated Space in Disk Management

Post screenshot please so I can see it

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Hello all.,

I have installed two disk one 1 TB hard disk and another one is 4TB hard disk which is new !! my problem is my new 4TB hard disk shows two unallocated spaces, 2048GB and 1678GB repectively...i cant able to merge the both. While try creating partition the first one creating but i cant able to access the option for second unallocated spaces..I have attached the images below...

A:How to merge two unallocated space of the disk !!!

For any HD > 2TB. You must initialize as GPT partition style. Open Admin Command Prompt and type:
diskpartselect disk 1cleanexitOpen disk management again and initialze it as GPT. It should initialize with one single unallocated partitionCreate simple volume and format it as NTFS.

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Hi, thanks for trying to help me with this.

I recently moved and had my external hard drive disconnected and in storage for several months. It is a Western Digital model# WD500H1U-00. It has a separate power supply. There is a blue light on the front that is illuminated all the time, except when I connect the HD, then it will flash. When I got unpacked I hooked it up to my desk top and the computer would not access it. I then tried to install it on my laptop with no success. Since then I purchased a USB cord, with no luck.

This hard drive has a LOT of irreplaceable information on it. Formatting it is not an option.

Kevin at SpywareHammer.com was helping me with some other stuff and suggested I:

Regarding the ext HD, try this please:

1) Control panel===>administrative tools===>computer management===>Disk management

2) You'll Should see a list of Disks, Is Disk 1 listed with no partition letter assigned? if so continue

3) Right mouse click into the disk field, select Change drive letter and paths ===> choose a letter from the drop down, select OK. the HD should now be available.

No luck here either. When I right click on the disk field nothing happens. When I right click on the title block(?) I get: Initialize Disk (faded), Offline, Properties and, Help.
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A:WD external hard drive not initialized.

I also downloaded "MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition". That program did not recognize the HD.

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Hi,

My problem is as follows:
External Hard Drive (1Tb WD Elements) that I've been using for a few months now has data on that I would very much like to keep.
It was working fine until yesterday in which I tried opening a VS project which became unresponsive, tried closing everything down and turning off computer which just froze the computer leading to a hard reset (button held for 5 seconds)

Since then the External Hard Drive has not been shown in Windows Explorer and in Disk Management is shown as "Unkown" and "Not Initialized"


The Drive will still be seen correctly in Device Manager and if uninstalled it will say it has correctly installed and is ready to use.


Attempts to recover data or Initialize the drive have not worked and I have followed and looked up multiple ways to recover and other similar cases. I'm fairly certain for the data recovery the drive needs to be initialized (which just throws me an I/O error upon attempting the process) as looking at the Volume section in the properties of the device the size of the drive is listed as 0Mb.


My Last resort is taking it to a data recovery shop and hope they can grab the stuff on there.

Any help is muchly appreciated thanks.

A:External Hard Drive Not Initialized

I'm not up on WD Elements. Did that HD come with a form of Smartware, and in that Smartware, was there a utility that would come up and either ask you to type in the user-assigned password or it would automatically type in the saved password and pass same onto The System -- and unlock the WD Elements? I ask because I'm a little familiar with WD Passport, not WD Elements.

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Hi all,

I'm having an issue where my external hard drive (WD Passport Ultra 2TB) is not displaying in my computer and is not initialized in Disk Management. This occurred after my computer crashed while I was pulling out data from the external hard drive. Now when I plug in the external hard drive, it has a clicking sound for a few seconds then stops with a blinking light.

I have tried using the MiniTool Partition Wizard and it does not detect it. When I open up Disk Management, it says that I need to initialize the disk before I can access it. I read somewhere that I will lose my files if I initialize this, so I have not done so. The Disk Management also does not show any unallocated space in it. Please see attached image.

Currently I just want to take out all the data from this hard drive before I let this drive go if I can't save it. Is there any hope for me to save my files?

Best regards,
Jeefster

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I dual boot Windows 7 with Ubuntu. I have allocated 10GB as a partition to hold Ubuntu and any of the relatively small amounts of data I would store there, Ubuntu had the ability to look at and open the files on Windows anyway-- but Windows cannot read the Linux partition format.

When I originally partitioned the drive, I noticed that I hadn't really done it efficiently, because 109GB of data became "unallocated", after being part of the Windows C drive. I ignored this back then, because I couldn't fix it with Disk Management. Now I would like to get the partitions in order, but I have no idea what to do without risking making my computer unbootable (its happened before).

My partitions are split as follows:
12.7GB to pqservice, Acer's backup files are stored here, to allow factory resetting.
100MB to System Reserve.
157GB to C Drive
10GB to Ubuntu
And, because the maximum number of partitions is 4, 109GB unallocated.

Windows Disk Management, of course, won't let me extend C drive by 109GB because the unallocated space is not next to it. I cannot create a new partition, because the maximum is 4, and I cannot merge any of them either.
So how am I supposed to extend C Drive by 109GB through Disk Management, or any 3rd party program, for that matter?

A:Disk Management- Merging unallocated space

A screenshot of your Disk Management would be nice:
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Hi,
Someone please help me how to expand the disk space that I have. The primary C drive has the OS on it and it is only about 14GB, and my entire disk is about 50GB, the unallocated space is about 34 GB. I have tried to expand the primary partition unsuccessfully. Do I have to reload the entire OS ? I do not have the origional disk to reload the OS. It is a sony PCG-CRT160 computer with 500 mb ram and approximately a 50 GB primary drive that was partitioned when I got it. Thanks in advance for any help or direction that you can give me.
 

A:Solved: Help Please Windows XP Unallocated disk space

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Hello,
first of all I would just like to point out that I am not a native speaker so I apologize in advance for the mistakes I might make.
I have a problem with my external hard drive. The drive is Verbatim 47512. Last year I unplugged the drive without safely removing it first. When I plugged it in again it asked me to format the drive. As I didn't wanna loose my files I tried using Recuva and it worked. However, the process took too long and I was leaving for ten months the next day so I had to stop the process. I wanted to continue when I got back but the drive wasn't working at all. I couldn't even turn it on. I kept trying and after some time it started to work again. When I plug it in, I can't find it in my computer. But I can find it in the disk management. I'm attaching a picture, it says it's uninitialized and that it needs to be initialized. I don't know what it means and I'm scared it might delete my files. It also says that it's allocated and unknown. https://postimg.org/image/zci27fe6h/
I downloaded MiniTool Partition Wizard and it says that my disk is bad. I don't know how to proceed, can you please help me? Or should I give up?
https://s3.postimg.io/mkjzqz85f/Bez_n_zvu.jpg

A:External hard drive- not initialized, allocated

Welcome to the forum if it's blank it's lost the partition you need specific partition recovery software you don't want normal recovery once the partition is recovered file should be there if you Google free partition recovery there is lots of good free ones

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I have a external hard drive that's not initialized, but it recognizes with a messages pops up saying my drive is ready for use, but it doesn't show up under My Computer. I have a Windows 7 desktop PC that is a Home Premium 32-bit Anytime Upgrade. I'm thinking it's not fried, and I'm thinking that way because I received the message it found new hardware and ready to use? Or is it dead?

Also, I don't have a spare enclosure, and tools to open it up, so taking it out of the enclosure would be out of the question.

Thank you for any help!
 

A:Solved: External hard drive not initialized?

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I cannot create partitions on any of my HDDs in Win 7, I can shrink or extend volumes. I have used Diskpart to clean Disk 0 after using Ubuntu to move all the files to an other disk
When I boot into Ubuntu 13.04 I can create NTFS partitions in unallocated space using Gparted and am able to populate them.
However this only shows in Win 7 as per the red arrow in the attached image and Diskpart cannot see any volume on the disk.
The above problems appeared after I deleted WIN 8 preview and lost a dual boot Win 7 on Disk 3.
I am quite willing to believe that I am doing something wrong at the moment, how do I get out of this problem?
I have a Win 7 rescue disk and an image of C:


toolman59

A:Disk Management will not create a partition in unallocated space

  
Quote: Originally Posted by toolman59


I cannot create partitions on any of my HDDs in Win 7, I can shrink or extend volumes. I have used Diskpart to clean Disk 0 after using Ubuntu to move all the files to an other disk
When I boot into Ubuntu 13.04 I can create NTFS partitions in unallocated space using Gparted and am able to populate them.
However this only shows in Win 7 as per the red arrow in the attached image and Diskpart cannot see any volume on the disk.
The above problems appeared after I deleted WIN 8 preview and lost a dual boot Win 7 on Disk 3.
I am quite willing to believe that I am doing something wrong at the moment, how do I get out of this problem?
I have a Win 7 rescue disk and an image of C:


toolman59


For working with partitions I use MiniTool Partition Wizard, which is free and can be downloaded from;

Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

HTH

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any body can help how to solve this? iwant to make unallocated space to basic disk. but a problem is occuring

A:How to make unallocated space to basic type disk

Review this,
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives
There are some related threads listed on the bottom of your questions page as well.

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hello,
iam a programmer, this morning my pc shut downed suddenly when i was writing a PHP script, i tried to turn the pc on again but i couldn't, i tried to install a new windows and i surprised when i couldn't find the partitions on the DOS..!!

after that i went to one of my friend, i borrowed his hard drive, i installed on it a new windows, i turned my pc on with my friend's hard drive as a master hard drive, and then i connected my hard drive as a slave hard drive to check my data, but i couldn't found my partitions and i found my self in serious real trouble ..

my hard disk appeared on the Device Manager, but the partitions didn't appear on 'my computer', so i tried to check the hard disk properties on the device manager and i found all my hard disk as a unallocated space !!!

on this hard disk all my previous 3 years work, i can't do F-Disk, so please guys help me to fix this problem, i don't care about the hard disk, i only want to copy my data from it, please any help
 

A:Serious trouble, my hard became unallocated space, please help :(

Whatever you do, do not write anything to the drive and use it as little as possible! Else you may overwrite data. You may -- and I emphasize may -- be able to recover the data.

There are software titles that can recover data. Try Google-searching the internet. Or else consider taking it to a professional.
 

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I have a 5610Z Acer Aspire with Windows 7 (32 bit). I pulled a very boneheaded move getting to upgrade from Vista.

I deleted my D:drive (50 G). I back up to a 500 G external hard drive. Is there a way to add the 59G to C:drive where I could use the space.

Thanks

Brightlight864

A:unallocated hard drive space

try partition wizard. it's free

Partition Wizard is a Windows based FREE Partition Manager. It works as partition magic and supports Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 server and Windows 7. FREE for Home and Business user.

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hi, im having some trouble installing linux mint in my laptop. i followed some of your guides saying how to create a new partition, but its not working. i already made 100 gb of unallocated space, i click on new simple volume and go through the process, but at the end i get a warning thing for making something dynamic, the other thread said never to click yes, or else all the OS's will stop working, so i wont click that, but after i click no, nothing happens. so im wondering, how can i create a partition for linux? i want to be able to plug my flash drive(4gb) and run linux from there. it already runs a graphical interfase thing but it makes me install linux, so i need to create a partition for the linux part of my laptop to be. can anyone please help?

A:unallocated disk space wont become logical, need to install linux

Post a snip of the disk management window here.

Though it does appear you're trying to create more than the max no. of partitions allowed.

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Can this be done?

EASUS won't let me.

My C: drive is running out of space, so I took 7 gigs from my D: drive and now it is unallocated.

How can I merge it with the primary partition?
It only lets me merge it with the drive I took it away from.

Many thanks.
Tom
 

A:Merging unallocated space removed from logical to primary disk

If it's really on a different (physical) drive you cannot do any such thing.

If it's on the same drive and the unallocated space is contiguous with the partition there should be no problem resizing the partition. But, your thread title indicated that the unallocated space is in a logical partition, and you can't extract it from the logical partition.
 

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