i have a laptop that has a hardrive in it that , is not intitalized, but was working and running the operating system fine , now its not initialized. is there a way to un-initialize a drive or a virus that does this? i would like to initialize it but , would like to try a recovery program first, to see if i can get files and folders off first, . Like Recovery My Files from Get Data. Anly body run into this situation??
When a HDD is Uninialized, like a new drive, it means that there is no Disk Signature in the Master Boot Record. In a drive that has been working, that segment of the MBR partition has been corrupted in some fashion.
I would download the Easeus Partition Master Home Edition (free edition), connect this HDD to a desktop separate computer, and see if the Partition Master can repair the MBR partition to recover your files.
right click "My Computer"-"Manage"-"Disk Management", right click the disk, you can initialize it. (:
Just have to remember that if you Initialize a Drive, you will lose all the data that is on it. Sometimes you want to do that to start over with a clean HDD, but if you have data on it that you need, you will need to use first, a data recovery program that can extract the data to a functional HDD, or a partition application that could fix a corrupted partition, and its components like the MBR, Partition table, and Disk signature, and partition signature.