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Cannot initialize USB-hdd


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#1 tantanya

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Posted 13 August 2011 - 04:23 PM

Hello, I have several old Western Digital hard drives with many files on them. I tried to access those files by connecting the hard drives using a IDE/SATA-to-USB connection that I bought for this purpose. The instruction said to put the jumper in the "Master" position.

The HDD did not appear in Windows Explorer. However, the IDE/SATA-to-USB is recognized by Windows 7 and the hard drive appeared as "Disk X" in Control Panel's Disk Management with a note "not initialized". The HDD was spinning. Under "Volume" it also said "not initialized". So, I tried to initialize it and a screen appeared with a check mark on MBR type. When I click "initialize" an error appeared "Device not ready".
I changed the jumper settings but with the same result.

The same results when I connected these HDDs with the IDE/SATA-to-USB on a another computer with Win XP SP2.

What needs to be done? I would appreciate any help because I like to be able to access these old HDDs. If they need to be re-formatted it is OK too as long as I could use the old HDDs. Thank you.

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#2 MarkGS

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 08:24 AM

Put the jumper on CS (cable select) if see if it becomes available. A lot of times when I'm hooking an old HDD up via external adapter I usually just pull the jumper off.




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