I have a Western Digital 1 tb hard drive that I have placed in an enclosure. It was working fine until this morning when I walked in and noticed it was on the floor (I suspect it was the dog.) I know the problem is not the enclosure as I put two other drives in it and they both worked fine. The problem is when I plug it in the computer recognizes it but I don't see it under My Computer. I am running Windows 7 by the way. When I go to Disk Management it says "unknown" and "not initialized". I can right click and choose initialize disk but I get the error: "Cannot initialize disk (Cyclic redundancy check)". I have tried this on multiple machines with the same results. I am not concerned with what is on the disk, I just want to be able to use it again.
As soon as HD Sentinel installed Windows recognized the drive. The program said that a drive crash was imminent and that the health of the drive is 0%. I think I am going to play around with it and if I can't get it to work just trash the drive.
"Failure Predicted - Attribute: 5 Reallocated Sectors Count, Count of sectors moved to the spare area. Indicate problem with the disk surface or the read/write heads.
There are 783 bad sectors on the disk surface. The contents of these sectors were moved to the spare area.
Based on the number of remapping operations, the bad sectors may form continuous areas.
There are 1 weak sectors found on the disk surface. They may be remapped any time in the later use of the disk.
Replace hard disk immediately.
It is recommended to backup immediately to prevent data loss."
This is what the program tells me. Is there anyway I can avoid the bad sectors and still use the disk? (Sorry if this is a dumb question; I don't know much about hard drives.)
Edit: I am currently running check disk on it, I will post results.
Edit 2: Windows does not see the disk, but there is still a usb device connected. Check disk is also still running, however the light on my external case is red.
As for avoiding the bad sectors, the Reallocated Sectors have already been replaced with good spares. The Current Pending sector (1 "weak" sector) is waiting to be replaced ("remapped"). A zero-fill operation should do this, however it is data destructive.