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external encrepted harddisk hard disk not initilizing and showing i/o device error

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  1. bourne4

    bourne4 Thread Starter

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    -when i try to connect the external 1tb western digital harddisk it simply doesnot display any thing and when i go to disk managment it shows "not initilized" i tried to initilize it but i got this error''hard disk not initilizing i/o device error" it doesnot shows any property or size of hard disk.i also tryied to repair it with comand "chkdsk/r"but there it said""cannot open volume for direct access""and also my harddisk is encrypted and this error occured when i was downloading torrent directly into external hardisk.my pc also go frce shutdown due to absence of electriccity
    ..over all i cannot see hard disk on my computer and cannot open it..tried it on other computers also
    THIS IS THE EVENT ERROR THAT ITS SHOWING"I TRIED EVERY THING even""CHANGED THE CABLE''"
    <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
    - <System>
    <Provider Name="Disk" />

    <EventID Qualifiers="49156">11</EventID>

    <Level>2</Level>

    <Task>0</Task>

    <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>

    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2013-11-01T11:40:14.311802300Z" />

    <EventRecordID>254194</EventRecordID>

    <Channel>System</Channel>

    <Computer>NAVEED-PC</Computer>

    <Security />

    </System>


    - <EventData>
    <Data>\Device\Harddisk1\DR1</Data>

    <Binary>0F01680001000000000000000B0004C00101000000000000000000000000000000000000000000005217040000000000FFFFFFFF020000004000008402000000FF200A124C012000000000003C0000001CEA8A8D58027385000000002013608698E98A8D0000000025000000000000000000000000000000700004000000000A00000000448100000000000000000000</Binary>

    </EventData>


    </Event>
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Chkdsk is only for repairing the file system. it only works when there is a valid drive and file system available.

    it sounds like the drive has died. External drives die easily and frequently. They can sometimes take a pretty hard knock but at other times, a knock at just the right frequency can kill it.

    Hopefully, you have everything backed up. it would be crazy to depend on an external (or any) drive to keep data safe, right?

    You can go online and check if your warranty is still good and maybe get a replacement.
     
  3. Triple6

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    And if it was encrypted and the drive is failing than the chances of getting data back are very slim.
     
  4. bourne4

    bourne4 Thread Starter

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    well no i didn't have any back up..so there goes my 5 years of song collection ..and i am going to put the hard disk in freezer and see if it works..
     
  5. Elvandil

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    If you do the freezer trick, make sure it is VERY well sealed. Otherwise, it may absorb moisture which you don't need right now. If you get any access at all, copy as much as you can as fast as you can. Then back to the freezer. Time is of the essence.

    Not sure why anyone would encrypt music - unless it was your own production, it already belongs to the authors so no one could steal it. Of course, maybe music was not the main content, or the most important, of that drive.

    In any case, external drives are the very worst places to store things that have no copies elsewhere (though everything should have backups). And no copies means always that drive failure is lost data. You may be able to get it back from a pro shop for maybe $1000-$2000. Though if encrypted, you may end up paying and still not get anything back.
     
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