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Uninitialized Disk

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December 19, 2012 7:12:04 PM

Hello,

Today I plugged in WD external HD and it did not appear under my computer. I went to disk management and it said the HD was uninitialized. The HD has worked previously and has important data on it. Any idea what I can do without compromising the data?

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December 19, 2012 7:23:36 PM

Did you have the option to Initialize in Disk Management? Does it ask you to initialize when you reconnect the drive to the computer?
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December 20, 2012 2:01:02 AM

I have to disagree, that problem isn't all that easy to fix... But, try testdisk:

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download

It's one of the most powerful free data recovery tools I've used.

As a rule of thumb in the future, try to keep your important data on two forms of permanent storage (HD and Ext. HD for example.) That way, you'll have your bases covered if this happens again!
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December 20, 2012 4:52:16 AM

Assuming it's just a logical problem rather than a physical one, try Partition Find and Mount:
http://findandmount.com/
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January 25, 2013 3:07:34 AM

don1989 said:
Hello,
The HD has worked previously and has important data on it. Any idea what I can do without compromising the data?

That's why you should always keep your important data backed up on a separate drive.
However, in your case, to recover your data, you can try a free hard drive recovery freeware that my friend has used before. He says that this freeware has recovered all his data back and is really easy to operate.

You could try it there: -http://blog4mark.blogspot.com/2012/12/photo-recovery-af...

Note: You should learn to back up your data regularly in the future.
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January 25, 2013 8:14:11 AM

It may be problem of windows, Because it is a logical prob not physical. You can check it at linux once. May be linux can give you access to you HDD. Have a try once before doing anything
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