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Lost the logical drive

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July 9, 2012 3:41:42 PM

i lost my logical drive (external hard drive) due to the unsafely unplug, i guess.

now, it can't be recognized by windows( from 2000 to window 7). i even can't format it because it's invisible from window.

tried several recovery softwares, it could be recovered some files but, the whole drive still remain invisible. before throw it away, is there any program can make it visible? or is there some "super power" format program that can format such lost logical drive?

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a c 311 G Storage
July 9, 2012 8:04:09 PM

Attach the drive and run diskpart in the windows command prompt box. If it shows up you can delete and re-create a partition. Here is a site that has all the commands and details:

If it does show up you can probably fix it with diskpart, in the command prompt box, type:
list disk
select disk n (where n = your external drive)
create partition primary
assign letter = x (where x is the drive letter you want to use)
a b G Storage
July 9, 2012 8:09:43 PM

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July 9, 2012 8:13:41 PM

it didn't show up after diskpart command performed. any other solutions?
July 9, 2012 8:23:42 PM

still the missing external hard drive remains invisible.
a c 311 G Storage
July 9, 2012 9:13:28 PM

Is the drive also invisible in disk management? (start button, right click computer, select manage, then disk management) If it is visible there does it have a drive letter?
July 9, 2012 10:31:53 PM

it's invisible in all the window programs except window 7. however, it can't be initialized so can't signed with a letter, can't format, can't do anything.
i did use some recovery software to see the structure trees and files and i did recover most of the files but, the hard drive remain invisible and no way to re-use it so far.

i hate to use it as a paper weight but it seems like out of option for me.
a c 311 G Storage
July 10, 2012 1:26:21 AM

No, if you can just see it in disk recovery you can fix it. For hard jobs I usually use GParted ( ), which is freeware and can be run from a CD or USB stick. Windows just isn't very good for fixing these types of problems, but Linux based tools can usually handle them.
July 17, 2012 2:21:37 PM

i did try...the disk i could see but couldn't do anything include format.
i have all the backup, so i am not worry about lost the data. i just wanna enable to format it and enable to re-use it.
a c 311 G Storage
July 17, 2012 8:11:29 PM

You could see it but not fix it with GParted?
July 25, 2012 1:39:27 PM

yes, tried gparted with boot from cd. after scanning, found the hard drive. but all the option were gray out except creat a new partition.
then through create new partition table, i/0 error messages show up all the time, ignored all the pop up windows, the final resolute remained the same....all the options stay gray, couldn't do anything.