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Seagate 5TB Expansion Drive not initialized in MBR or GPT? Drive OK?

Q: Seagate 5TB Expansion Drive not initialized in MBR or GPT? Drive OK?

Seagate's website / the manual say the (this one: Desktop-Festplatte Expansion| Seagate) 5TB Expansion Drive is initialized in GPT (Expansion drives switching to GPT) but Windows 7 and dispart (http://i.imgur.com/1JxRAja.png) show it is initialized in MBR / not in GPT (the column under GPT is empty). The item to initialize in / convert to GPT is grayed out (I assume one have to remove the partition first to access that option): http://i.imgur.com/xeqkQmJ.png. And it looks like as if MiniToolPartizionWizard shows it was GPT as well: http://i.imgur.com/PsQfLY8.png

What could that mean? Is the display of Win / diskpart correct?

Is this message correct? DriveInfo shows: S.M.A.R.T. Drive Status: Drive is not OK! The device has detected a threshold exceeded condition! (http://i.imgur.com/5xfPSq9.png). What does that mean? A defect, a problem?
The entire report:

ChystalDisk shows this, does not appear to look that bad:

SeaTools shows this:

HDDscan shows:

What do those items marked with that yellow sign mean:

"Airflow temperature"
"HDA Temperatur"
A problem?

What does the display about "Health" mean, 90 %, 92 % (instead of 100 %) appear to mean the state of the drive is not the best (anymore). May be there will occur problems, errors the next time?

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A: Seagate 5TB Expansion Drive not initialized in MBR or GPT? Drive OK?

everything is okay. delete the partition, initialize GPT. gute nacht.

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It is on a computer running XP SP3. Now, it shows up in ?My Computer? but with no statistics and I cannot open it. The drive does not show up in Windows Disk Management. I have gone thru the Seagate website's ?External Drive Trouble Shooter for WinDOWS xp/2000? as well as contacting Seagate Support with no success. I have tried Windows Format, DOS Format, Seatools for Windows, HD LFF Low Level Format, testdisk_win, and Disk Wizard with no success. The drive showed up but they all reported failure in testing and/or accessing the disk. Seatools for DOS sounds like it would do the trick but it didnotrecognizeeitherofmyexternaldrives, theotheroneofwhichisworking.Can anyone recommend a fix? Seems to me that it is a software problem, not a hardware problem, so there should be a software solution. I have very limited funds and can't afford to replace the drive right now. It is used as a backup drive so loss of the data on the drive is not an issue. I'll just run another backup when the drive is restored to health. My boot drive is not backed up on this drive, so that is not a problem.

A:Seagate expansion hard drive worked fine until I aborted a conversion to a compressed drive

Have you tried reinitializing the drive?

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I have a 3g usb seagate expansion drive that is about 3 mths old. It has frequently disappeared from my computer. I would have to reboot and disconnect the power from the drive to get it to come back.

Is this a sign of a bad drive or just a glitch that some kind of a driver update will solve.

In the same system I have a 6g WD drive that works flawless.

A:seagate expansion drive

Hello again, Datman I have onlya few suggestions.
1. download and install the latest chipset drivers from your motherboards/manufacturers web site
2. Run Seagate's diagnostic tool, SeaTools.
3. See if tis tutorial will help. USB Driver - General Fix for Problems

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Hi guys...I am having a big problem..you guys have to sort it out and tell me the what can i do to solve the problem...

The problem is..

I have seagate expansion portable drive of 1tb..which worked fine for somedays....but now i am got stuck with that...bcoz when i connect my seagate drive to usb and green light goes on and a safely remove icon also coming but there is no drive in the my computer and disk management also...When i searched some forums i got the same problem is having by others and got there a statement regarding to check whether drive is spinning or not...after that i found my drive is not spinning and i thinking a way to make it spin and to get all data back to my lap....

And also i had checked with uvcview usb viewer [by microsoft] when i connected my drive it shows the drive and also some other descriptions which i dont know...

So you guys help me to make the drive works and to get my data back....thanks in advance for your help guys....

A:Seagate Expansion Portable Drive

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we have one of these for the Smart TV - which works great for that, but I thought I would be able to take it to my computer and copy my photos onto it. I have plugged it into my computer but am unable to see it as a drive - any ideas why?

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I couldve sworn I posted this question over a month ago but I cant find it anywhere. Not surprising, I dont remember where I parked my car. I might have posted it to airheadsЯus.com for all I know. I have several Seagate 3TB STBV3000100 Desktop Expansion drives. I realize this question might be better suited for the Seagate support forums but I get this weird message when i try to login:

Login Error, your attempt using single sign on with an identity provider certificate has failed. Please contact your salesforce.com administrator for more information.

I have absolutely no idea what any of that could possibly mean. But that is neither here or there.* Its just that I am becoming desperate and Im hoping the huge wealth of knowledge here in sevenforums might offer some assistance. The drive has been working fine for over a year (just a little longer than the warranty of course). Suddenly it disappears from the drives listed in Win 7 Pro. I have tried switching out the data and power cables and USB ports and tried this on different Win 7 computers. When it powers on the blue activity light comes on as it should and I can hear it spin up Within a couple of minutes, the light goes off and it spins down. During this period Win 7 does not see it at all. Both the data and power ports seems physically stable from what I can tell from simple observation. I have not taken it apart (yet). If anyone could offer any suggestions on what my next step should be I would be extremely ap... Read more

A:3TB Seagate Expansion drive does disappearing act

Has the data on there been backed up? And after its disconnected and plugged back in does it turn back on but then off again

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I have a 4TB USB 3.0 Seagate Expansion Drive which dosn't seem to be working.

On File Explorer on "This PC" the drive is recognised as E: Local Drive when previously it was recognised as E: Seagate Expansion Drive

Then I click on E: Local DriveThe PC will think about it for a very long time then the file Explorer will stop responding and eventually the screen goes black except for the mouse and will only start working again when I unplug the drive.

The Device Manager recognises as a Hard Drive as a Seagate Expansion Desk SCSI Disk device
The Disc Management recognises the drive as E: system Raw

The Drive was plugged into a Readynas 104 for a long time but it stopped being detected on there.
The drive was almost full

Thanks in advance

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I have a 320GB Seagate Expansion Drive which worked fine for several months, but in the last week or so the only way I could get it to register on my computer was to push the USB plug into the port on the unit very firmly. This sometimes caused the drive to work for a while, but then later ceased to work when I let go. So, I decided to tape it place very tightly. Wrong move! The whole USB port came loose from the mother board! Is it possible to have this fixed? I have a lot of stuff on the drive I don't want to lose!!!

A:USB port loose from Seagate Expansion Drive

I'm not entirely clear on what you are describing. Are you calling an external hard drive and "expansion drive" or is the "expansion drive" a drive physically mounted in a chassis? An external hard drive doesn't have a motherboard.

If the USB port came loose on an external drive enclosure adapter you could remove the drive from the present enclosure and install it in a new enclosure if the external drive is an IDE drive or a standard SATA drive.

Posting a picture may help decipher exactly what you are describing.

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I have a perplexing problem. I have a Seagate 2TB external drive that when I plug it into my USB3 port it appears in Explorer and sometimes I can even navigate through some of its folders. However after 2-5 minutes it just disappears and a message comes up "USB Not recognized".
When I insert it into a USB2 port I cannot see anything. Whilst it is visible I can see it in my Disk Management but as soon as it disconnects itself this disappears. I have tried to format it but it does not stay connected for long enough!
I am running Windows 10. The same problem seems to also occur on a windows 8 machine.

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My Seagate Expansion drive is not being recognized on my laptop or any other computer that I have tried to put it on. It worked for a while

It is fairly new and I have about 500gb on it so far and I don't want to lose any of my data because most of it is my university files.

I don't know why this is happening and I also can't even change the drive letter, I really don't know much about computers but this forum seems to help people, hope someone can help me Please.
Thank you.

A:Seagate 1TB Expansion Drive is not being recognized on my laptop

Hi furstyear, Welcome to SevenFoeums.( I missed it. )

Please go through this troubleshooter and check whether it helps. Seagate Technology

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I got my new Seagate 2 TB Expansion Drive and made the first image of my new laptop (running Win 10 anniversary build) using Macrium Reflect. All went well, and I closed Macrium, then attempted to eject the external drive from the notification area. I consistently got an error message saying the drive could not be ejected and until the program using it was closed. Task Manager confirmed no application was running. Device Manager could not remove the drive, either. Shutting down the computer and then removing the drive was no problem, but surely this shouldn't be necessary. Any advice would be welcome!

A:Cannot safely eject Seagate usb Expansion Drive

Welcome to the forum anything that's connected to the drive can do this explorer or even word that may have file history open

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Hi, I'm new to the forum so please bear with me!

So I've been using my external hard drive for over a year to store music and photos; it has a 500GB capacity.

But recently when I've plugged my hard drive in it's not showing under my computer, or if it does show it wont open and I keep getting an error message. Is there any other way I can go about searching for it on my laptop?

I don't know if it's my laptop or my hard drive that has the problem, and really need some help please!
(The only other laptop I have available is a Mac, which i cannot use to open the hard drive unless I format it, which means losing my data so i really don't want to do that)
EDIT: i've followed the troubleshooting on the seagate website, and discovered that my hard drive partition is RAW.. is there a way i can change this?

A:problem with Seagate Expansion Drive not recognised

Run Partition Wizard free's - Partition Recovery Wizard with a Quick Scan, then take a screenshot of the results and post here, quit/exit out of wizard and remove your external until further instructions from an expert.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I bought a new computer with Win7 about a month ago which came with a 1TB Seagate hard drive installed so I decided to replace my previous 250 GB Aulartek External with a 1TB Seagate External Drive.

Well ... to make a long story short I tried installing the new Seagate 1TB Expansion Drive a few hours ago but up to this point I can't get the computer to recognize it.

However, there is a 'green light' visible on the end of the new Seagate External that is lit up and if I click on the 'Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media' button on the taskbar it does show something called 'Eject Desktop' under 'Open Devices and Printers'.

I tried going to the Seagate Community Forum but got even more confused than when I started trying to troubleshoot my problem with not being able to see it listed under 'Computer'.

My old Aulartek External had an 'on and off switch' and this new Seagate doesn't have one unless I just can't find it.

I have both the USB and A/C Power supply plugged in.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks and regards,


A:New Seagate Expansion External Drive not showing up in 'My Computer'

Try right clicking on computer in the start menu, and select manage. In the window that opens after giving admin approval, selece disk management in the left column. It should show every hard drive connected to your computer. In the lower portion of the window, look for your Seagate, right click it and select change drive letter or path, in the next window click add and choosed a drive letter. Click OK. after the drive letter is assigned, you will be able to see the drive in explorer.

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Have joined to see if i can get some assistance, noticed others have done this with success.

I have a seagate 1TB expansion Hard Drive which was firstly coming up with I/O error and now the computer doesnt even register that its connected dispite connection noises from the drive itself on usb connection.

I have read through various topics and forums and carried out a number of the checks and processes to run through but still without success.

I have tried this on other laptops and issue is exactly the same. I have another Buffulo expansion drive which is working fine in all USB ports. The system is windows Vista and upgraded to service pack 2. I have cleaned up existing USB drivers on system also.

When disk management is opened the system doesnt read the drive is connected. There is no excessive noises coming from drive but lights on and small amount of heat is given off.

Needing help as i use drive to back up important photos and files dont want them lost. Can anyone help please?

A:Seagate expansion hard drive not showing on computers

Sounds like the drive has failed as you had been getting warning signs with the I/O errors and now it has stopped working. There is a possibility that it is just the circuitry in the housing so you may be able to get it going again with a new housing. You could first test the drive by removing it from the housing and hooking it up to the internal connections of a desktop PC or by using a USB adapter.

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Can anyone help? I brought a seagate Expansion Drive less than a month ago to store all my music and pictures on. It worked fine until a few days ago when it started clicking and now under my computer it is showing as a local disk.

I'm not great with computers and have no idea what to do! I have tried running sea tools from the sea gate web site and all the tests come back fine! However, I still can't get the expansion drive to work or let me access any of my music etc. I just want to get my music back!!!!

Can anyone help???

A:SEAGATE 1.5TB expansion drive showing as local Disk

P.S. I'm running on windows vista service pack 2

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Ok, something weird is going wrong with a seagate drive I bought for my girlfriend. Its working perfectly fine on my computer, and it did initially show up on her laptop too. However, her laptop froze up completely and it had to be shut down via the button while it was plugged into the laptop. Now it doesnt turn up in My Computer, but only on her computer. Its present under devices, but nowhere else. Any help would be greatly appreciated and Id be happy to give any more details anyone might need to help me out. Thanks in advance.

A:Problem with a 500GB Seagate expansion external drive

Try this How to Cleanup and Remove old USB Storage Drivers

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Hi there.

For the past week I have been retrieving 2 TB of movies from my Seagate 3TB Expansion Desk drive (USB 3). It started acting funny after my room mate accidentally flipped the main power circuit for my bedroom while I was in the middle of a transfer. Oddly enough, I was in the middle of retrieving videos from a 6+ year old Verbatim 500 GB which had an ongoing power circuit issue when he flipped the switch. I was salvaging those videos to this 3TB drive at that moment. He killed that Verbatim dead to rights with the surge, and I believe it caused the issues on this Seagate 3TB.

I can still transfer data to and from the Seagate anywhere from 35-90 MB/s depending on if the other drive is a USB 3 as well. But it just will not play many movies, and HD particularly bad. I mainly use Kodi (XBMC), but have tried VLC and MPC. All fail at the same points or close in the different players. I assumed corrupt files but when I copy them to other drives then play them they work .

So, I ran chkdsk I: /f /r . It ran thru quickly saying no issues. Every indicator has shown the drive as healthy. I ran the zero out option with a format in Partition Wizard. Didn't help. Frustrated last night I decided to run chkdsk I: /r one last time. It hung at 10%, and thinking maybe its doing something, I left it, but it was going for nearly 24 hours. I finally cancelled the chkdsk and ran a surface test with Partition Wizard and now after an hour or so, I am getting some bad blocks a... Read more

A:Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive 3TB w/ bad blocks/sectors

You can try downloading: /62506/CrystalDiskInfo6_3_2.zip
then unzip it and run to check if your HD is in good health then we can go from there.

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Hey, wondering if someone can help

Bought my new external hard drive and put a load of my files onto it with no problem at all, but today, on the second time of using it, I plugged it in and it seems to be working because the green light is on and the icon to eject is there, but its not showing in My Computer.

I've seen people saying about the Disk Management and changing the name or path.... so when I open up that window, the disk is not named, when I right click on it, everything is greyed out apart from Help and Delete Volume options.

I've tried uninstalling the drive under the Device Manager and re-installing it again. but that doesn't work either.

I have tried this on my 2 laptops, PB and HP, and it is exactly the same on both. Both run windows 7 64-bit.

Hope Someone is able to help me out a bit, Thanks Lynne.

A:Seagate Expansion Drive 320GB Not Showing Up In My Computer Anymore!!

This may help....

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Hi to all

Seagate Model: SRD00F2
Win 7 home prem... 64bit

I have had this external for over a year and it just recently started to respond very slow.

My aim is to save all the media files before this drive dies out or even solve the problem. Maybe it wont die out yet but never know what may happen. I have an older external and that still works.
When i plug the usb into laptop and other pcs, the drive used to appear quickly but now what happens is it appears in device manager/disk drives first but does not appear in my computer window. It takes a long while for the drive icon to appear. It normally shows also in disk management before it shows up in my computer window.
Next step is when its finally showing... when i go into the external it takes a long while again to enter the drive. The address bar turns green from left to right but moving very slowly as the external tries to open each folder.

I dont want to format or lose any data, its the first time i came across this problem. I brought a new usb cable and that did not solve the matter.

When it loads the files and folders, im trying to copy all the files to desktop to save everything. But the transfer speed is like below 10kb. Its very slow. The fastest its been is just over 1MB.

Another tip is when i plug in the cable.. the blue light turns on and the drive starts spinning and can hear the sound. I thought the drive seemed ok but maybe the proffesional guys on here will have a better understanding on how to... Read more

A:Seagate Expansion Desktop Drive 3tb responding extremely slow

Is my external dying? It takes a long time for windows to recognise it in my computer. Its starting to not show up in disk drives and disk management.

If it shows up its after a long time.

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I have a HP Pavillion a200n, windows XP

i installed a dvd rw drive afterwards the original cd rw drive is no longer being recognized by my computer. The cd rw drive was (E and the dvd rw drive was (F I switched the connector cable and the cd became (F and dvd became (E Either way only the DVD rw works. Can you help me?

A:original cd rw drive does not work after installing expansion dvd rw drive

You didn't mention the jumpers. How did you set them?

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After Transferring file from Seagate External drive to flash drive 16G. (Verbatim)

I can't remove hardware device on Verbatim Flash drive to remove it.

Even after I close all the files, folders and programs in my computer.
It won't say "safe to remove device".

I have to switch off the computer to remove the flash drive.

Is this normal or what ?

If not what can be the problem ? I can fix ?

Is it safe to remove device even if I can't disable the usb flash drive ?
I closed all the files, fodlers and programs before I remove.


A:Transferring file from Seagate External drive to flash drive

The computer may still be saving data to the Flash. Or it is caught in ROM. If your certain the transfer is complete, you can pull the drive. You may want to do a Check Disk on the Flash Drive to make sure it is in good order.

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When I switched my Laptop on yesterday the nice Seagate Icon for my external backup hard drive had vanished but has been replaced by a dull looking generic Windows page icon ? This external backup drive is the K:\ drive on my system.

I surfed google yesterday trying to find some advice on how to restore what was a very attractive Icon ? . . but have been struggling to find any advice I could understand or thought I'd be able to follow ?

On a positive note, I have located the exact file for the disappeared icon on my laptop (its called SeagatePortable.ico) and I have copied it to my desktop temporarily, but, I have no idea how to re-apply this icon to my K:\ drive ?

Whilst surfing, I discovered a simple freeware program called "Drive Icon Changer" so I downloaded this program and tried to use it. It is very easy to use, but, try as I might, I cannot get this programme to interact with my K;\ drive ? . . so I've given up and uninstalled that programme, as, in this instance at least, it clearly does not do what it is supposed to be able to do.

I also saw some advice about going to a DOS prompt (I do not understand what this means or how to do it?) and deleting or editing something called the autorun.inf file - I suspect this type of action would be well beyond my understanding and I'd probably do more harm than good if I attempted to edit this sort of system file and got it wrong !

I've also done a system restore - to a back up point of a couple of days ... Read more

A:How do I restore the Seagate Drive Icon for my External Backup Drive?

Also just spotted an obsolete thread on this site where someone suggested:-

"Un-install the driver while the external drive is connected and then rebooted and let windows reinstall - everything should go back to normal when Windows re-discovered the drive".

I don't know if this might cure my problem ? . . but unfortunately I do not know how to uninstall a driver ?

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I recently purchased a Seagate IDE Tape Drive, STT20000. I only have 4 IDE slots, and they are all taken, plus I don't have any room for an IDE controller card, so I bought a IDE to USB external case that turns any IDE device to a USB external device. I installed the tape drive, Windows XP recognizes the new device, attepts to install drivers, but cannot find any. I tried to search the Internet for any correct drivers and could not find any. Other devices work via USB that are attached to the same USB hub, and I can put a tape in the unit and it rewinds it. No drive letter is assigned at all.

Any help is appreciated.


A:Problems with a Seagate IDE Tape Drive converted to a USB drive.

I suspect the tape drive will have problems being interfaced through the USB. I suggest you move one of the disks into the USB case and put the tape on the IDE controller in the machine.

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I'm having trouble getting Windows 7 x86 RC Build 7100 to recognize my Seagate 3.5" External Hard Drive 500GB (Model ST305004EXA101-RK). It is connected through a USB 2.0 port on my Asus K8V SE Motherboard - running an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (2.0 GHz) and 1 GB of RAM.

Currently, this hard drive when connected appears in Device and Printers as as "Device" named Desktop. Right Click -> Properties shows that it is a storage device.

Device Manager recognizes it as a Disk Drive and calls it a Seagate Desktop USB Device - no conflicts.

Under Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management the drive appears as Disk 1 - Basic and Online statuses. If I try and assign it a drive letter, I get the following "The operation failed to complete becasue the Disk Managment Console view is out of date. Please refresh the console view..."

Only one conflict exists in Device Manager - I have one Unknown Device under USB Controllers. When viewing that device, it gives me a Code 43 error.

Thoughts? Thanks in advance.


A:Seagate external hard drive not accessible as a drive

Has it been initalized & formated?

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In my never ending quest to recover data from my now defunct external hard drive I've attempted to install a new drive of the same make and size. (western digital wd2000) However, instead of buying an external I purchased an internal. However, the circuit board for the external plugs into the new drive and seems to be working.

Windows explorer doesn't see it. Re-booting and it's still invisible.

Device manager does see it. When I select the volume tab and populate I see the "drive not initialized" message. All other tabs and messages indicate it's there and working.

Where do I go from here???

ps. My ultimate goal is to replace the disc's from the broken external with this new internal. Frankly, I may have bitten off more than I should be chewing but life is an adventure and this may just be one of those.......

A:Drive not initialized

I've heard of this neat trick. Put your drive in a bucket of ice, then run it. Seems to work wonders.

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I see the external disk in Disk Management but it is not getting displayed in My Computer nor any data recovery software is detecting it :(
Image attached..
When I right click on disk 1 Initialize Disk option is also disabled.

Please help!

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What are the other options when you right click on the disk?

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I recently had a horrible virus on my computer to the point where I reformatted and reinstalled xp pro. When I did this I re arranged my harddrives (I have 3) so that the C drive was a 10gb just for the os and other important programs. Originally the C drive was about a 40 gb seagate barracuda 7200 but i moved that and made it into a slave. I did not reformat it when I did the switch up so when I reinstalled xp pro the virus was still in the drive. xp installed fine with no noticeable ill effects from the drive with the virus but when I went to reformat the virus drive it popped up an "error failed to reformat. please try again" or something like that right as it finished. Then something came up and ask me to restart so I did and when I got back on the drive was practically nonexistant. No space was read on it and the hardware name in the drive properties was a few letters and some spaces where letters should have been. I figured a wire may have come loose so I turned the computer off and made sure the wires were in. Then when I turned my computer back on the drive wasn't even showing on My Computer, only my C and E drives. I looked in the hardware properties and it showed that it recognized my second drive because it was still there and had the proper name this time. I made sure it was enabled but that did nothing so i went into the disk managment and an Initalize and Convert Disk Wizard popped up for the second drive. I ran the wizard but it did not do what i... Read more

A:Solved: drive not initialized...?

nevermind. the problem has been "solved". as in my computer has died. Im guessing it was a problem on the motherboard because my computer no longer recognizes any of my drives. Not even the cd or dvd drives. Since this problem is way out of my league I will be buying a new computer.

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Hey everyone. So I had a server that stopped working, so I removed the hard drives and am trying to access them from a different computer but disk management wants to initialize them...which will erase my data. How can I recover it?

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I have an external USB drive with a lot of data on it. Unfortunately, I'm no longer able to access the drive because it shows up as "Not Initialized" and "Unallocated" from Disk Management.

I'm attaching a copy of exactly what I see:
When I plug the drive into the USB port, it makes a clicking sound for a few seconds and then it stops. The little light on the drive continues to stay on, but I have no idea what I should try in order to get this fixed.

Any help is appreciated.

A:USB Drive Not Initialized and Unallocated

I downloaded GetDataBack after reading some reviews about the software.

Do you think I should continue even after it reports this error?

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A lifetime of data on it.

Found other posters here with the problem which led me to post. It was working fine and due to whatever it now doesn't show up in explorer.

It's a USB3. I tried on multiple computers and USB 1 and 2, running Win 8 and Win 7.

Shows up in device manager and shows up as usb. I can't get it to view in partition wizard or any other recovery program like testdisk that tries to view it.

I currently have it out of the case and attached internally. I had to add it with computer running since I can't access any jumper settings and computer won't boot with it installed.

BUT it shows up in disk management. Images attached.

Can I initialize but not format, will that help it show up in Partwizard so I can get at the data somehow to save?

For the love of God HELP please...


A:Ext Seagate Goflex 1TB not initialized, can't view in partition wizard

Update - I just plugged it back into usb, I now don't even see it in disk management.

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Hi all,

I'm having an issue where my external hard drive (WD Passport Ultra 2TB) is not displaying in my computer and is not initialized in Disk Management. This occurred after my computer crashed while I was pulling out data from the external hard drive. Now when I plug in the external hard drive, it has a clicking sound for a few seconds then stops with a blinking light.

I have tried using the MiniTool Partition Wizard and it does not detect it. When I open up Disk Management, it says that I need to initialize the disk before I can access it. I read somewhere that I will lose my files if I initialize this, so I have not done so. The Disk Management also does not show any unallocated space in it. Please see attached image.

Currently I just want to take out all the data from this hard drive before I let this drive go if I can't save it. Is there any hope for me to save my files?

Best regards,

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My problem is as follows:
External Hard Drive (1Tb WD Elements) that I've been using for a few months now has data on that I would very much like to keep.
It was working fine until yesterday in which I tried opening a VS project which became unresponsive, tried closing everything down and turning off computer which just froze the computer leading to a hard reset (button held for 5 seconds)

Since then the External Hard Drive has not been shown in Windows Explorer and in Disk Management is shown as "Unkown" and "Not Initialized"

The Drive will still be seen correctly in Device Manager and if uninstalled it will say it has correctly installed and is ready to use.

Attempts to recover data or Initialize the drive have not worked and I have followed and looked up multiple ways to recover and other similar cases. I'm fairly certain for the data recovery the drive needs to be initialized (which just throws me an I/O error upon attempting the process) as looking at the Volume section in the properties of the device the size of the drive is listed as 0Mb.

My Last resort is taking it to a data recovery shop and hope they can grab the stuff on there.

Any help is muchly appreciated thanks.

A:External Hard Drive Not Initialized

I'm not up on WD Elements. Did that HD come with a form of Smartware, and in that Smartware, was there a utility that would come up and either ask you to type in the user-assigned password or it would automatically type in the saved password and pass same onto The System -- and unlock the WD Elements? I ask because I'm a little familiar with WD Passport, not WD Elements.

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If anyone can help me figure this out i am stumped. Pictures to help explain my situation. I have 3 hard drives that are not showing up in my computer but is showing up in Device Manager. They show up as "Disk 1 Unknown Not initialized". I cannot loose the data on the drives. in Diskpart it shows only as a drive and says 0gb meanwhile 2 are 320gb and the other is 2tb. Also i am connecting them via USB because they are from my desktop and my desktop wont boot off of them and neither will my laptop through bios. The drives also will not show up in Partition Wizard. The drive is spinning and has never been dropped. Also the drives do not show up in disk part as volumes. I need all of the data off the drives if possible. Thanks!

A:Hard drive not initialized and has data on it

Someone else will have to help you with getting your data off your drives (or, more likely, you will have to pay a recovery specialist well north of $1k per drive to attempt to recover the data with no guarantees of success, the option I would recommend since trying to recover the data yourself may permanently lose otherwise recoverable data) but, in the future, you need to backup your data to avoid this problem in the future. All drives will fail, some sooner than later, often without warning. The only way to reasonably ensure your data is safe is for it to exist in at least three places, such as on the computer, on an onsite backup, and on an offsite backup (I have five backups per drive, two onsite, two in my credit union safe deposit box, and on a paid cloud backup site). Backups need to stay disconnected from the computer except when updating the backup and need updating frequently since data not backed up usually can't be recovered. An acceptable low end plan would be an onsite external drive for each drive in use. A cloud backup plan, such as Carbonite.com, CrashPlan, or Backblaze (I use Carbonite) is an easy, fairly inexpensive way to get an offsite backup and keep it up to date (Carbonite starts at $60/month, the price I pay, and the others are similarly priced). The only caution is to use a cloud backup service, not a cloud storage service.

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Hello to All,
I have a 500 GB external USB drive that I can't access on my wife's Windows 8.1 laptop. I have confirmed that is in good operating condition on my XP PC where I can access all my files but in Computer Management on the Windows 8.1 laptop it displays as Disk 1 with a red arrow pointing down and it says Unknown and Not Initialized. Can someone help?
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4500U CPU @ 1.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 69 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 7908 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 940362 MB, Free - 902392 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., Inspiron 5537
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled

A:External USB Drive Unknown and Not Initialized

With the USB drive plugged in, go to Control Panel > Device Manager. Then see if there are any yellow exclamation marks. Try right click, update driver.

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Hi, thanks for trying to help me with this.

I recently moved and had my external hard drive disconnected and in storage for several months. It is a Western Digital model# WD500H1U-00. It has a separate power supply. There is a blue light on the front that is illuminated all the time, except when I connect the HD, then it will flash. When I got unpacked I hooked it up to my desk top and the computer would not access it. I then tried to install it on my laptop with no success. Since then I purchased a USB cord, with no luck.

This hard drive has a LOT of irreplaceable information on it. Formatting it is not an option.

Kevin at SpywareHammer.com was helping me with some other stuff and suggested I:

Regarding the ext HD, try this please:

1) Control panel===>administrative tools===>computer management===>Disk management

2) You'll Should see a list of Disks, Is Disk 1 listed with no partition letter assigned? if so continue

3) Right mouse click into the disk field, select Change drive letter and paths ===> choose a letter from the drop down, select OK. the HD should now be available.

No luck here either. When I right click on the disk field nothing happens. When I right click on the title block(?) I get: Initialize Disk (faded), Offline, Properties and, Help.
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A:WD external hard drive not initialized.

I also downloaded "MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition". That program did not recognize the HD.

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I initialized the HDD I was using for my PS3 with Disc Management so that Windows can read it when I right away realized that it wasn't such a great idea. Is there any way whatsoever that I can undo that so the PS3 can read it again?

A:Is there a way to uninitialize a just initialized drive without formatting?

Initializing the hard drive means you formatted it and erased whatever was on itSome say just put it back in and it will reformat itself. Other says to zero it out first with something like Killdiskhttp://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/702626

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Can you help me? I got the same problem, sometimes my external driver say it was online, not initialized and some times it RAW, i was watching a movie but i kicked my external driver so it was forced to unplug, since then when i want to plug in it again the driver can't show up
Well this is my friend external driver and inside it my friend have 300gb files please help me

Sorry for my bad english

A:external drive say it was online, not initialized, and sometimes RAW

Hi andremarb,

Welcome to SevenForums.

From the description of your problem, I would think that the cable could have got damaged due the unceremonious kick that the HDD received. So as a first step use a new cable and check how your external drive behaves.

If the problem persists, please start a new thread explaining your problem in detail. Furnish full details of your external drive make/manufacturer/ Model /Capacity along with a full screenshot of how the drive appears in Windows Disk Management. Please adhere to the guidelines here Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

In the new thread, even if it is not me - so unreliable these days , some one else can address your concern. So move on with the new thread.

EDIT: Just noted that your post has been moved on to a new thread. But this post still holds - more details and screenshot after changing to a new cable.

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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Hi guys,
I just bought an Expansion Drive from Stapples which is Seagate 1TB :

How to use it in the best way, i mean the safest way for it like :
Should I copy and paste or cut my data frequently on it ?
Where should I place it ?
Should I unplug it's power source when i'm not using it ? or just leave it ?
Should I unplug it's USB cable from PC when not using it ?
Need advices.
Thanks Guys,

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first of all I would just like to point out that I am not a native speaker so I apologize in advance for the mistakes I might make.
I have a problem with my external hard drive. The drive is Verbatim 47512. Last year I unplugged the drive without safely removing it first. When I plugged it in again it asked me to format the drive. As I didn't wanna loose my files I tried using Recuva and it worked. However, the process took too long and I was leaving for ten months the next day so I had to stop the process. I wanted to continue when I got back but the drive wasn't working at all. I couldn't even turn it on. I kept trying and after some time it started to work again. When I plug it in, I can't find it in my computer. But I can find it in the disk management. I'm attaching a picture, it says it's uninitialized and that it needs to be initialized. I don't know what it means and I'm scared it might delete my files. It also says that it's allocated and unknown. https://postimg.org/image/zci27fe6h/
I downloaded MiniTool Partition Wizard and it says that my disk is bad. I don't know how to proceed, can you please help me? Or should I give up?

A:External hard drive- not initialized, allocated

Welcome to the forum if it's blank it's lost the partition you need specific partition recovery software you don't want normal recovery once the partition is recovered file should be there if you Google free partition recovery there is lots of good free ones

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I have a external hard drive that's not initialized, but it recognizes with a messages pops up saying my drive is ready for use, but it doesn't show up under My Computer. I have a Windows 7 desktop PC that is a Home Premium 32-bit Anytime Upgrade. I'm thinking it's not fried, and I'm thinking that way because I received the message it found new hardware and ready to use? Or is it dead?

Also, I don't have a spare enclosure, and tools to open it up, so taking it out of the enclosure would be out of the question.

Thank you for any help!

A:Solved: External hard drive not initialized?

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hello there ,
i have a Toshiba hard drive 500 GB it was working fine but suddenly when i plugged into my laptop i discovered it is not working and when i go to disk management it said Disk 2 unknown and not initialized.
i tried to plug it in another computers but nothing changed.
i have many thing in that drive i need them so could you please help me ?

A:my external hard drive is unknown and not initialized

I assume you have tried another usb cable; that is the very first thing to do.
If you have already done the above, then the next thing I would do would be to pull the drive out of the enclosure and connect it as an internal drive. Note you must have a working desktop to accomplish this task. If that does not work, you can send the drive to a data recovery shop. This last step is NOT cheap so get an estimate. A simple recovery using software can run $250 or so plus the cost of whatever media you want the data copied to AND it goes way up from there.
i have many thing in that drive i need them so could you please help me ?Click to expand...

Data you do not backup is data you do not care about AND you should expect to lose said data. All drives fail; it is only a question of when your drive will fail.

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I searched for the title of this thread, "hard drive is no longer initialized windows 7" and found a thread here where I am following these very good instructions by jumanji:


I could not directly download the software mentioned, but at the site linked I was able to find the software: pwfree91.exe

I am scanning now, its been scanning for a couple hours, it seems it may scan for days, not sure if it will display here or attach.

You can see how much is scanned and how much is to go, at this rate it will literally take days.

All the numbers seem correct, size and how much is used, etc, that is encouraging.

It seems the data I am trying to recover from this internal drive is in fact there.

Is this the recommended track still today, the one mentioned in jumanji's post linked above?


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I had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since.

I just got it out as I need some files on it, and when I hooked it up it didn't work: the computer recognized it as a CD drive or something... in Computer it would not show up or show up as just a drive letter ... in disk management it said No Media. I tried it on another PC too to no avail.

After much research, the most likely solution looked to be to get a new enclosure. So I did, but the drive still isn't working, but in a different way.

When I first hooked it up, all looked well: the system tray showed correct recognition of the drive and enclosure type/brand and installed the drivers successfully.

But the drive no longer shows up in Computer at all, and in disk management it now prompts me to initialize the disk, and has it marked as Unknown, Not Initialized.

I have spent all day trying to fix this problem, and have read a million threads on different sites and tried everything, to no consequence. I need the files on the drive, and have tried all of the following:

- booting in ubuntu and knoppix via cd - drive is not recognized

- every major app for this type of problem i saw recommended: seagate seatools, partition wizard, wd data lifeguard diagnostics, power data recovery, find and mount, a bunch of stuff on hiren's boot cd, test disk, etc.

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I shouldn't say suddenly. It's a 2TB drive I had in an enclosure that took a bump off a short table the other day. It seemed fine when I tested it and pulled up all the folders. But when I went to move a file off of it, the drive disappeared. It shows up in drive manager as not initialized and not allocated. Working with a friend I tried Minitools Partition Wizard, Power Data Recovery, and Easy Recovery. None of them found anything, no partition and no files. I just wanted to check if there were any other suggestions before I gave it up. Seemed weird the folders and files showed up after the drop, then trying to actually access them made it trash itself. I figure it would be gone from the start. Thanks for any tips (if there are any).

A:Drive suddenly shows not initialized and not allocated

It looks like the drive is probably wrecked. It only takes a small knock to irreparably damage the heads particularly if the drive is actually powered & working at the time.
Some firms specialise in data recovery, but I have heard it is very expensive & would only be worth looking into, if the data on the drive was absolutely essential.

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I had a WD 2TB external drive which I transferred successfully to a USB 3.0 enclosure months ago. Then I moved and the drive has been packed away in the trunk of my car since.

I just got it out as I need some files on it, and when I hooked it up it didn't work: the computer recognized it as a CD drive or something... in Computer it would not show up or show up as just a drive letter ... in disk management it said No Media. I tried it on another PC too to no avail.

After much research, the most likely solution looked to be to get a new enclosure. So I did, but the drive still isn't working, but in a different way.

When I first hooked it up, all looked well: the system tray showed correct recognition of the drive and enclosure type/brand and installed the drivers successfully.

But the drive no longer shows up in Computer at all, and in disk management it now prompts me to initialize the disk, and has it marked as Unknown, Not Initialized.

I have spent all day trying to fix this problem, and have read a million threads on different sites and tried everything, to no consequence. I need the files on the drive, and have tried all of the following:

- booting in ubuntu and knoppix via cd - drive is not recognized

- every major app for this type of problem i saw recommended: seagate seatools, partition wizard, wd data lifeguard diagnostics, power data recovery, find and mount, a bunch of stuff on hiren's boot cd, test disk, etc.

In most cases, the drive was no... Read more

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