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Please Help! Is my External HD Toast?

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#1 ghostowl


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Posted 04 September 2011 - 06:38 PM

I have a Western Digital MyBook Essential 1130 number WDBACW0020HBK-00 Running Windows Vista. I consolidated all of my photos onto this drive to burn. When I plug it in it recognizes the drive, but it does not appear in My Computer. Same result when I plug it into my Laptop running Windows 7. Went to device manager, says Disk not initialized, when I try to initialize it, it says disk not ready. The driver is up to date, I get the same results on both computers. Please dear god can someone help me or I will lose 8 years of pics - wedding, my son's birth, etc.


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 05 September 2011 - 08:27 AM

Have you run the appropriate diagnostic on the drive?

Go Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter. Is the drive reflected there? If so, please post all data reflected pertaining to it.


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Posted 05 September 2011 - 05:51 PM

Have you run the appropriate diagnostic on the drive?

Download Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows and install it on one of your Windows machines.
  • Run the Quick test and then the Extended test on your external drive.
  • Let us know the result.

You may wish to try accessing the external drive from a bootable Linux CD. If you can access the drive and its contents, you can then copy them to another external drive or to your Windows machine's hard drive.

:step1: Using a working computer:
  • If you wish to use a LIVE CD ...
  • Download the Linux version of your choice (usually an .ISO image file).
  • There are many options to use for a LIVE CD. I suggest that you try one of the following:
  • Puppy Linux (download file size 128 MB)
  • Ubuntu (download file size almost 700 MB)
[*]Burn the .ISO image to CD: If you do not already have a suitable burning program for writing .ISO images to disc ...
  • Download and install ImgBurn.
  • Ensure that you UN-check the box agreeing to install the Ask toolbar during the installation.
  • Place a new (blank) CD disc in the drive tray.
  • Choose Write image file to disc.
    • Under Source, click on the Browse button: Navigate to and select the .ISO file that you wish to burn.
    • Place a check-mark in the box beside Verify.
  • Click Posted Image
[*]When the CD has been burned and verified as successful, it will be bootable.
[/list][*]OR ... if you wish to use a LIVE flashdrive ...
  • Go to UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads and at the top of the page, click on Download (for Windows) to download the application.
  • Follow the instructions further down the page under the heading Installation & Screenshots.
  • Run the application to download and install the Linux version of choice to your flashdrive.
  • I suggest that you try one of the following:
  • Puppy Linux (download file size 128 MB)
  • Ubuntu (download file size almost 700 MB).
:step2: Boot the problematic machine from the LIVE CD or flashdrive.
  • (You may have to configure the Boot Menu or BIOS Setup Menu to boot first from the optical/CD drive or the flashdrive, which ever you are using.)
  • Choose to run the Linux operating system from the CD or flashdrive without making any changes to your computer.
    Do NOT install Linux on your hard drive.
  • When the Linux operating system loads ...
  • You will be able to navigate to all the files on your HDD.
  • You can backup your files by copying them to a flashdrive or an external hard drive.
  • Before using the internet (if you choose to use Puppy, for example) you may have to:
  • Configure/set up the internet connection
  • Download a favourite browser
    (With Ubuntu the foregoing should not be necessary.)
[/list]You may find one of the following guides useful:
Recover files from Windows XP hard disk using Puppy Linux

Recover files from Windows Vista hard disk using Puppy Linux

Recover files from Windows 7 hard disk using Puppy Linux

The easiest way to copy files/folders in Puppy is to drag-and-drop from one window to another. To do this open a window showing what you want to copy. Open another window showing the location that you wish to copy to .... and move the windows so that you can conveniently see both at the same time.
  • Now, simply drag the items you wish to copy from one window into the other. Simple.

Edited by AustrAlien, 05 September 2011 - 05:59 PM.

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