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January 6, 2014 11:37:57 PM

I have a 2tb wd elements external hard drive, I accidentlly pulled it off in the floor and when i turned it back on it wasn't recognized by my laptop, So i took it a part and upon taking it a part the i'm guessing ground that hooks on where your usb plugs in fell off. So I started looking online and came to the conclusion that was my problem... When i open the computer management it says i have to initialize it but this always comes up.. Unable to perform this action I/O device error?? Can anybody tell me what i can do to maybe get this back on??
a c 355 G Storage
January 7, 2014 8:12:27 AM

Extract the actual drive from the WD enclosure and put it in a third-party enclosure. You can buy empty, third-party enclosures online or from big computer stores.
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January 7, 2014 11:42:17 AM

Phillip Corcoran said:
Extract the actual drive from the WD enclosure and put it in a third-party enclosure. You can buy empty, third-party enclosures online or from big computer stores.


Will this also take care of the error i keep getting when i try an initialize it?
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a c 326 G Storage
January 7, 2014 12:08:40 PM

If you want your data, don't initialise your drive. Initialisation is data destructive.
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January 7, 2014 4:35:24 PM

fzabkar said:
If you want your data, don't initialise your drive. Initialisation is data destructive.


What would you recomend? The computer management recognizes it but says Disk 4 unknown not initialized, then to the right says1863.4 gb unallocated? Do you think it's even fixable? I hope cause I have over a 1000 gb of data thats on it... Thanks for any info you can give..
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a c 326 G Storage
January 7, 2014 10:02:54 PM

The error is telling you that the OS cannot read or write sector 0 on the drive. That suggests that either there is an internal problem, or the drive may be password protected.

I would check the drive's security status with a tool such as HD Sentinel. I would also try to read sector 0 using a disc editor, eg DMDE (freeware).
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