Hello! I'm a new poster here and I just registered in order to get this problem fix despite all of the other solutions I've found on here not having any sort of effect on my external hard drive. (And also because I don't want to mess with my external hard drive.)
I'm currently having problems with my 1TB WD Elements external hard drive. The model is something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136996
I run Windows 7. The problem initially started after a friend had decided to pull out my 1TB from the USB without safely ejecting it. Anyways. After said friend left, I plugged in my 1TB, figuring that it was going to work again like it did from the other times I accidentally unplugged it before. However, now it shows Local Disk and the letter of the drive it was assigned to. Also, there's 0 bytes in free and used space; if I click on the local disk there's always a message about formatting. Obviously, I don't format the drive. I've also tried testing the hard drive on my older sister's computer, thinking maybe it might read the actual external hard drive as well. Unfortunately, her laptop only recognized it as local disk as well.
The solutions I've tried my luck on have included assigning the drive another letter, restarting the computer: No luck. I've checked the drive through Testdisk and my files are still in tact if I choose none (when choosing the type); it'll show the correct partition (and my files). However, when I chose the Intel/PC type, it showed something about bad boot sectors? (I apologize in advance. I'll see if I can provide screenshots later because I currently don't have much time. D:)
The external hard drive also shows on my disc management but it's in a RAW format. So... right now, as a last resort, I'm currently running check disk. (Specifically, chkdsk #: /r) (Replace the # with the letter of the drive.) It's repairing bad sectors and other things. Unfortunately, it's taking awhile because I have a lot of data on there. (Even though I practically let it run overnight; it's 12 percent atm.) Luckily, I do have a spare external hard drive so if there are any suggestions about moving the data into the other external hard drive, I'll be able to do so.
I understand this problem is common from what I read and looked up. I apologize for bringing this up. However, I'm just trying to find a specific solution to this problem