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HDs that were ok now need initialized


Best Answer PetuniasDad , 16 September 2017 - 06:45 PM

Anything I can do to help, let me know. This has turned into a big mess. I was able to initialize/format one of the HDs. The second HD is listed in disk management showing that it needs initia... Go to the full post »


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Sorry to hear that you were not able to access the drives using any of the suggested methods  :(

 

I have 2 HD that were working on a Windows 7 computer and were used for file storage. I swapped out both HD for new HD.

 

 

It can and does happen but luckily not very often that two HDDs go bad at the same time, this is something new to me so any additional info you can provide may help me to better help others in the future, can I ask how long ago the HDDs were actually removed from the computer and is the computer concerned your own at home.


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Anything I can do to help, let me know. This has turned into a big mess.

 

I was able to initialize/format one of the HDs. The second HD is listed in disk management showing that it needs initialized. When I try to initialize I receive an error telling me the device is not ready. I have tried on two different computers (Windows 7 and 10) and tried to initialize using both MBR and GPT and receive the same error every time. I guess this HD goes in the trash.

 

The computer that damaged the drives in my home computer and is a couple years old. Both HDs are 2TB and the same make and model number. Originally, the HDs were in a Windows 7 computer that had two other HDs. I was trying to backup another 2TB HD (same make/model) to these 2 HDs. All were connected using internal SATA connections. After copying the files to both HDs I shut down the computer and removed the 2 HDs. They sat for a couple months unused. I decided to do another backup of the computer so I reconnected the HDs using the same internal SATA connections. When I turned the computer on, neither of the HDs were coming up so I went into Disk Management and saw that both HDs were listed, but both said they needed to be initialized.

 

At this time, I decided to try the HDs in a new computer running Windows 10. I connected the HDs using internal SATA and got the same result: found, but needed initialized. I disconnected the HDs again and they sat for another couple of months before I tried to get them working again, which is when I posted on GTG.

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have since purchased a docking station (2-port) and 2 additional HDs to do backups. Using the new HDs and the docking station I have not had any problems. The docking station is connected to the offending computer.

 

Let me know if there is anything else I can post that may be of use to you or anyone that happens to stumble across this thread.

 

Thanks again for your time and assistance. Take care.


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Thank you for sharing the additional info and for offering to help others that may encounter the same or a similar issue  :thumbsup:

 

As said previously it can happen but is still odd that two drives suffered from the same type of issue, can I ask where you stored the drives when they were not in use, were they well away from any electrical or radio interference etc.


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A majority of the time they were not in the computer they were sitting on a shelf on my desk. They were sitting on top of the computer case for a few days. I do not think there was anything that would have created any type of interference. I have a couple of HDs sitting on a couple different computer cases and have not had any problems. However, I can say they I have not sat any other HDs on top of the computer that damaged these HDs so maybe there is something with that case that caused the problem.


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