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IDE External Hard Drive won't initialize

Last response: in Windows 7
January 31, 2014 2:42:02 AM

Hi there, I have a 3.5 ide external hd (80GB) that doesn't initialize in disk management. it doesn't show up in My Computer, but it shows up in DM with a red down arrow on its icon. I want to assign it a letter but all it says is it's "Not Initialized," and it keeps on saying "The device is not ready." Any help would be appreciated, since there are a lot of files on it I want to transfer elsewhere. thanks!
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January 31, 2014 7:35:26 AM

Use the Diskpart command as described here:

I had a similar issue with a SATA (I know that you have an IDE disk) disk and this command worked.