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External HD appears as DVD Drive

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#1 ghost141


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Posted 22 April 2012 - 02:43 AM

I was trying to upgrade my laptop from Windows Vista to Windows 7. In the process, I tried to burn the .img file to my external hard drive (Maxtor 3200). I had forgotten that my external hard drive is actually different from a usb stick, even though it connects by usb. Anyway, after trying to burn the .img file using a program called win32DiskImager (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Win32DiskImager), everything on my USB was wiped. I didn't really have anything that important on my hard drive, but that isn't really my issue. The BIG issue is that now my external hard drive is not recognized as a hard drive, but is instead recognized as a DVD drive. This means when I right click the icon, I can't format the drive because it just looks like an empty disk drive. How do I reformat my drive and get it working again like it used to?

Edit: Actually, my drive doesn't appear at all. I've tried it on two computers and powered it both on and off. The disk drive spools up just fine, and in the device manager when I go to populate the volumes of the Maxtor 3200 disk drive, it sees the disk drive but reads:

Disk: Disk 5
Type: Unknown
Status: not initialized
Partition style: not applicable
Capacity: 30524MB
Unallocated space: 0MB
Reserved space: 0MB

Edited by ghost141, 22 April 2012 - 03:04 AM.

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#2 James Litten

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:36 AM


Can you see the disk in the Disk Management window?
Click the Windows Orb(used to be the START button in XP)
type Disk Management in the textbox
Click the Create and Format Hard Disk Partitions link
Let us know if you see the drive and what it says about it.


#3 rdallas


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:32 PM


I was trying to write an android image using Win32DiskImager onto my microsd card, but I accidentally chose my full 2TB external hard drive instead.

I am terrified I've lost everything. My whole life/history/past is on that drive.

I used Create and Format Hard Disk Partitions and I can see...

- boot G: (android files)
- 3.30 GB - Healthy partition
- 1859 Health Drive, but then I went and clicked something and made the drive active.

now the 159 "partition" drive shows up in My Computer, but when I try to click on it, it says the drive needs to be formated.


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