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HDD not Detected: Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized, Online

  1. #11


    Can you feel it spinning at all ?
    I just run WD DLG tools on my WD HDDs (have 2) and after doing short test I can see there is an option to "Write Zeros" which is especially low level format. It will erase all the data on disk but might make it work after that.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 32
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Can you feel it spinning at all ?
    I just run WD DLG tools on my WD HDDs (have 2) and after doing short test I can see there is an option to "Write Zeros" which is especially low level format. It will erase all the data on disk but might make it work after that.
    Uh-oh it says "Delete Partitions Error!" on both Quick and Full Erase.

    I think it really is toasted...
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by MelissaM View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Can you feel it spinning at all ?
    I just run WD DLG tools on my WD HDDs (have 2) and after doing short test I can see there is an option to "Write Zeros" which is especially low level format. It will erase all the data on disk but might make it work after that.
    Uh-oh it says "Delete Partitions Error!" on both Quick and Full Erase.

    I think it really is toasted...

    Well you did your best, RIP the drive than. I think I have seen more dead than live HDDs in my life.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 32
    Windows 8.1


    Oh yes, I forgot to reply on spinning part. I could hear it spinning and there is a light indicator to tell that it is plugged.


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MelissaM View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Can you feel it spinning at all ?
    I just run WD DLG tools on my WD HDDs (have 2) and after doing short test I can see there is an option to "Write Zeros" which is especially low level format. It will erase all the data on disk but might make it work after that.
    Uh-oh it says "Delete Partitions Error!" on both Quick and Full Erase.

    I think it really is toasted...

    Well you did your best, RIP the drive than. I think I have seen more dead than live HDDs in my life.
    Hahaha. I totally agree with you! It's an old hard drive anyways... I think I bought it around year 2008 or 2009. But it is also vexing that I know it was working completely fine the last time and I kept it well on my shelf. Only to return my "care" with this.

    Thanks so much for your help! I am glad I come to this forum that I receive responses so quick!

    This problem is basically not solved, so how do I conclude this post?
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  5. #15


    If it's spinning and showing up on test program, that can mean heads are in trouble. Keep the post open, maybe somebody will have another idea. I'm pretty much out of them.
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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Tews View Post
    It would seem that your drive is toast.
    Maybe, maybe not. It could just be the USB interface in the enclosure that failed. I don't think the OP has removed the drive from the enclosure yet. That would be my next move. A lot of those uitilities may actually work with the drive connected in a PC and removed from the enclosure.
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  7. #17


    I read this in earlier post "Yes I have pulled it out of the casing but it doesn't do anything better.
    The model of the hard drive is WD Blue (EIDE) WD1600BEVE. "
    so I assumed it's connected directly to IDE port. To connect 2.4" HDD to desktop PC it would need an adapter from micro (laptop ) connector to full size IDE for Desktop PC.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 32
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tews View Post
    It would seem that your drive is toast.
    Maybe, maybe not. It could just be the USB interface in the enclosure that failed. I don't think the OP has removed the drive from the enclosure yet. That would be my next move. A lot of those uitilities may actually work with the drive connected in a PC and removed from the enclosure.
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I read this in earlier post "Yes I have pulled it out of the casing but it doesn't do anything better.
    The model of the hard drive is WD Blue (EIDE) WD1600BEVE. "
    so I assumed it's connected directly to IDE port. To connect 2.4" HDD to desktop PC it would need an adapter from micro (laptop ) connector to full size IDE for Desktop PC.
    I am sorry if I misunderstood your sentences. Did you mean the pins?

    The pins are soldered intact with IDE to USB 2.0 circuit.
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I read this in earlier post "Yes I have pulled it out of the casing but it doesn't do anything better.
    The model of the hard drive is WD Blue (EIDE) WD1600BEVE. "
    so I assumed it's connected directly to IDE port. To connect 2.4" HDD to desktop PC it would need an adapter from micro (laptop ) connector to full size IDE for Desktop PC.
    Yes, I see that now, missed it before somehow, sorry. Yeah it sounds like the drive died.
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  10. #20


    Yes, I thought that the drive itself is independent of the adapter and housing itself, I have couple of them like that. HDD can actually be disconnected and placed in a laptop or suitable adapter to ordinary, full size IDE connector. LGH 2.5" HDD to 3.5" HDD Adapter with IDE Interface, Notebook HDD to Regular 40-Pin adapter or with this to USB Mini USB to ZIF/IDE 1.8" Adapter -- XRP International Co., Limited.
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