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iDotGame

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The data port on my external WD My Book 1Tb hard drive broke. So I removed the external hard drive from its case and installed it in my Dell Inspiron 3847 Win10 desktop. Windows File Explorer does not display the drive. But, in Windows Disk Management the disk shows up as Disk 1 as expected (Disk 0 is the original hard drive). However, the disk has a status of "Not Initialized". I want to keep the data on this disk, so I do NOT want to re-initialize nor re-format the drive.

 

Any ideas to keep the disk internally and get the disk to a status of "Online"?

 

(I know I can buy a new external case or docking station or adapters and continue using it as an external drive, but now that it is physically installed internally, I would like to complete that install with the appropriate s/w config.)

 

Disk Manager screen print.jpg

 

 


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The Master Boot Record (MBR) could be damage you can read more about how to rebuild MBR from below link.

 

 

"Solved-Disk Unknown Not Initialized Issue on External Hard Drive"

https://www.partitio...nitialized.html


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You would have the same issue even if you put the drive back in to a case.

Try the MBR rebuild as suggested. It is your only option right now without messing with the drive to much.

 

You can also try "recuva" which is a software to recover lost files. You do need another place to copy what it finds.


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Hi,

 

Those drives have hardware encryption that is enabled, if the case is broken you loose access to all of your data!

https://community.wd...ure-dies/6496/2


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