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External HD not Detected: Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized


Justarcy

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#1
I've got 600GB HD (Rock mobile disk) that goes without saying need to be recuperated. It was working fine earlier this summer when I last accessed it. A few weeks ago, I plugged it in again and it gave me an I/O Device Error, read and unspecified error.

I have been researching a solution non stop and today when i plugged it in once again something worst happened, this time I see a External HD not Detected: Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized in Disk Management.

Can someone please help?

The irony... we get an external drive to protect our data and not loose it and then this happens :cry:
 

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CountMike

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Justarcy

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Hi,

Thanks for coming out to the rescue! I just downloaded the mentioned tool and as soon as I click on damaged or lost partition options, I get a Power Data Recovery not responding
 

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CountMike

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Barman58

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#5
There is some talk around the net on this subject, that states that the removal of the drivers (completely) and disconnecting the drive (do not switch off but remove the power lead from the drive), Leave a few minutes, re-connect the lead and let windows re-install the drivers. You may have already tried this but if not then it may be worth a try
 

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Justarcy

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#6
There is some talk around the net on this subject, that states that the removal of the drivers (completely) and disconnecting the drive (do not switch off but remove the power lead from the drive), Leave a few minutes, re-connect the lead and let windows re-install the drivers. You may have already tried this but if not then it may be worth a try
Definitely doesn't work on my drive
I tried doing a chkdsk and didn't get much results either disk1error.jpg
 

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Barman58

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#7
As A last resort for self recovery ( there are of course professional recovery options, but the cost of these are prohibitive and only you could make the decision as to the value of the content verses the cost of recovery), I would remove the actual drive from the external caddy and try the drive connected directly to the system (thus removing the internal circuitry of the caddy and the cables. I have hot swap caddies internal to my systems and external sata/IDE caddies for this purpose so would not need to open the case, but this is possible with a normal desktop, (or some laptops), though you may opt to check a local independent repairer in your area if you feel this is beyond your experience.

the main issue with this type of recovery is that any time you try a recovery tool and this fails it can actually make things worse
 

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    Crucial 256GB SSD,
    WDC WD30EZRX-00D8PB0 3TB,
    Toshiba HDWD130 3TB
    Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH1 2TB,

    External (USB3)
    Seagate Backup+ Hub BK SCSI Disk 8TB
    2.5/3.5 Hot Swap Cradle, USB3 + eSata (client HDDs)

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    Seagate ST4000DM000
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Justarcy

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Grrrrrr I thought I had posted my reply a few days ago and I see that I did't go through.

I have decided it is best to have a professional deal with my HDD. I do not have access to a desktop and It seems it has gone beyond the point where I personally can do something without the risk of loosing everything.

I have emailed a few places that were recommended to me and the cost ranges from £97 to £800 :-/
 

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Barman58

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#9
The only thing I can recommend, if possible look for a company that offers some form of "No Fix No Fee" service, or at least a flat fee ;)
 

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    Internal
    Crucial 256GB SSD,
    WDC WD30EZRX-00D8PB0 3TB,
    Toshiba HDWD130 3TB
    Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH1 2TB,

    External (USB3)
    Seagate Backup+ Hub BK SCSI Disk 8TB
    2.5/3.5 Hot Swap Cradle, USB3 + eSata (client HDDs)

    NAS
    Seagate ST4000DM000
    PSU
    Aerocool Templarius Imperator 750W 80+ Silver
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    Stock CPU, Rear 120mm, Front 2x120mm, Side 2x120mm
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Barman58

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#10
One other thing to ensure is that both parties agree on what "recovery" means, A fully working but empty drive could be classed as "recovered", but would not be of much use to you ;)
 

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    Asus M5A78L-M USB3
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    32GB [4x8GB] DDR3 1600 MHz
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    Asus nVidia GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 (2GB DDR5)
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xoner DG + SPDIF to 5.1 System + HDMI
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer G276HL 27", (DVi) + Samsung 39" HDTV (HDMI)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 @60Hz + 1920 x 1080 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Internal
    Crucial 256GB SSD,
    WDC WD30EZRX-00D8PB0 3TB,
    Toshiba HDWD130 3TB
    Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH1 2TB,

    External (USB3)
    Seagate Backup+ Hub BK SCSI Disk 8TB
    2.5/3.5 Hot Swap Cradle, USB3 + eSata (client HDDs)

    NAS
    Seagate ST4000DM000
    PSU
    Aerocool Templarius Imperator 750W 80+ Silver
    Case
    AeroCool X-Warrior Devil Red Tower
    Cooling
    Stock CPU, Rear 120mm, Front 2x120mm, Side 2x120mm
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K710 & K270
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    Logitech Wireless M710 M185 & M570 Trackball
    Internet Speed
    37Mb/s Down - 9.5Mb/s Up
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CountMike

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#11
It should be agreed as "data recovery", HDD recovery could mean a lot of other things.
 

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    MSI AMD R7 260 oc
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    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
    Kingston V300 120GB SSD
    WD 750GB Green
    WD 500GB black
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
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Justarcy

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Thank you both for the advice and heads up. I did specify in the emails that I wanted to extract the files out of the HDD. I don't really care about the device at this point, I purchased a new one to transfer files to, as long as I get what is stored in it, I will be a happy camper.
 

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CountMike

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Thank you both for the advice and heads up. I did specify in the emails that I wanted to extract the files out of the HDD. I don't really care about the device at this point, I purchased a new one to transfer files to, as long as I get what is stored in it, I will be a happy camper.
You're welcome but there had to be something very precious to pay that kind of price to get it back. May I suggest that the price for doing double backup may be lower and more efficient.
 

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    Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3
    Memory
    8GB Kingston 1866
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI AMD R7 260 oc
    Hard Drives
    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
    Kingston V300 120GB SSD
    WD 750GB Green
    WD 500GB black
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
    PSU
    Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W
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Justarcy

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I have 10 years of family photographs, videos and documents. The place that charges £97 is within my own city and they seem to have very good reviews. I have spoken to them and it seems we are on the same page. They have asked me to take the HDD so that they can do a proper free assessment. Crossing my fingers. I would have to save for a while in order to afford the other places :-/

Regarding the backup to the backup, It simply seemed silly a few years ago... I mean, you bought the external HDD as a backup. I wouldn't want for this to happen again and will be purchasing some cloud space for the more important things once the tech guys recover the information from the drive.
 

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Barman58

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#15
Microsoft's own OneDrive (skydrive) drive now offers a reasonable free storage (I get 40 GB), it is maybe less for new members and as for Photographs the Free Flickr account now offers 1 Tera-Byte of storage which can be set to private or public as desired :) Both can be set up to automatically mirror a local drive structure so just saving to disk creates a backup
 

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    CPU
    AMD FX8350 8 Core @4GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus M5A78L-M USB3
    Memory
    32GB [4x8GB] DDR3 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus nVidia GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 (2GB DDR5)
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xoner DG + SPDIF to 5.1 System + HDMI
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer G276HL 27", (DVi) + Samsung 39" HDTV (HDMI)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 @60Hz + 1920 x 1080 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Internal
    Crucial 256GB SSD,
    WDC WD30EZRX-00D8PB0 3TB,
    Toshiba HDWD130 3TB
    Seagate ST2000DM001-1CH1 2TB,

    External (USB3)
    Seagate Backup+ Hub BK SCSI Disk 8TB
    2.5/3.5 Hot Swap Cradle, USB3 + eSata (client HDDs)

    NAS
    Seagate ST4000DM000
    PSU
    Aerocool Templarius Imperator 750W 80+ Silver
    Case
    AeroCool X-Warrior Devil Red Tower
    Cooling
    Stock CPU, Rear 120mm, Front 2x120mm, Side 2x120mm
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K710 & K270
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless M710 M185 & M570 Trackball
    Internet Speed
    37Mb/s Down - 9.5Mb/s Up
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    BitDefender Total Security 2017
    Other Info
    Also run...

    Desktop - 6Core 8GB - Windows 10 Enterprise x64,
    Laptop - Quad 8GB - Windows 10 Pro x64
    Netbook - Ubuntu
    2 x Nexus 7 Android tablets
    Samsung 10.2" tablet
    Sony Z3 Android Smartphone
    HTC One Android Smartphone

Justarcy

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#16
The flickr option sounds like a good plan for the photos! I've got 50GB with Box and I will look into Skydrive to see how much free space I can get for the documents :thumbsup:
 

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