Solved Drive Recognized..Will not perform Chkdsk Tags: Hard Drives Chkdsk Western Digital Storage Last response: August 25, 2009 7:45 PM in Storage Share chriscotty August 14, 2009 4:00:54 AM So I have a 500gb External Western Digital drive that all of a sudden stopped being recognized.It had (hopefully still has 150 gb of data on it). I went through several steps and now device manager in XP recognizes it as a healthy 465 gb unformatted drive. So I go to DOS and enter E: so I can go and run chkdsk /r and then it hangs forever and finally and I finally get a cyclic redundancy error. I have connected it to two computers and the same error occurs. Any other diagnostic tools or other suggestions ? More about : drive recognized perform chkdsk Best solution r_manic a b G Storage August 14, 2009 7:06:57 AM oh dear... I think the drive has failed? You can try using TestDisk, though I'm not optimistic? Share michiganteddybear August 14, 2009 5:45:19 PM checkdisk (chkdsk) will NOT work on an unformatted drive. need to format it first. of course, at this time the previous data is probably gone. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer chriscotty August 25, 2009 7:45:17 PM Actually this is not solved so I am not sure which answer to select as the "best answer" .. Thanks for the effort though! m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedAre files safe when performing CHKDSK on a healthy hard drive ? Forum SolvedChkdsk can't fix errors on external drive Forum SolvedIn page and CHKDSK errors when recovering a laptop hard drive. Forum Did canceling chkdsk ruin my hard drive? Forum SolvedCan Window's CHKDSK tool delete files on a Hard Drive? Forum How do I run CHKDSK on a external hard drive? Forum "chkdsk /f" erased external drive? Forum External Hard Drive with data not mounting and asking to format. Failed chkdsk on CMD halfway-progress!! Forum SolvedOn which hard drive would windows perform the best? Forum ChkDsk Help for a Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Hard Drive Forum Solvedhard drive transfer speed 1mb/s (USB device can perform faster) Forum SolvedMultiple drives reporting sames chkdsk errors! Forum CHKDSK on External Drive Doesn't Work - URGENT Forum Sata hard drive not passing chkdsk /r Forum Hard drive corruption after chkdsk Forum Corrupt Hard drive - chkdsk wont fix Forum External USB hard drive clicking. Chkdsk says it's fine Forum How to run CHKDSK on logical partition of my Hard Drive in XP Forum Hard drive failing and cant pass chkdsk.. Forum CHKDSK /F Isn't fixing on System and Boot Drive! Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !