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Portable hard drive problem

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  1. hddprob

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    The other day whilst backing up my computer to my portable hard drive for the first time, my flatmate disconnected my hard drive accidentally.

    Now when I connect my hard drive to my computer (Vista Ultimate 64-bit) or any other computer (I've tried XP, Vista 32-bit and 7 64-bit), a balloon pops up from the notification area saying that the new hardware is being installed. It then says that it was successfully install and is ready to use. However, the hard drive does not appear under windows explorer.

    When I open device manager I can find the hard drive and it says it is working properly. When I open computer managment and then go to disk management it says that disk 2 (the hard disk) is not initialized. When I right click it and select initialize, it asks me what partition style is on the disk (master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style). No matter what one I select (I've tried both) I get a pop up saying there is an error.

    How do I initialize and access/retrieve the information on my hard drive? If this isn't a possibility, how do I reformat the entire hard drive so that I can use it again? At the moment its useless to me.

    If you need any more info, please just ask! Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Alex Ethridge

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    Disconnecting any storage device while it is being written to runs the risk of scrambling the file table. You may have to return the drive to original factory state and set it up as new again.

    As a first and least troublesome attempt, I recommend you go into disk management, delete all logical drives and partitions, restart the computer and use disk management again to set up the hard disk.

    Be aware this will destroy all data on the drive. If you have important data on the drive, I would suggest a RAW data recovery first.
     
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  4. hddprob

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    It's just a standard IDE hard drive, connected via USB. Details are as follows:

    Western Digital 500Gb Hard Drive
    Model: WDBAAR5000ABK

    Thanks for the help! Much appreciated!
     
  5. hddprob

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    How do I take these steps to return the disk to original formatting if I can't initialize the disk under disk management? Any help would be appreciated.

    It seems like a cyclical problem: I can't repair the partition table without initializing the disk but I can't initialize the disk because the partition table is so messed up the computer can't recognize its original format...
     
  6. Alex Ethridge

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    I think you might have a better chance if you remove the disk from the enclosure and connect it internally to a desktop computer via an IDE cable.
     
  7. hddprob

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    Alright. I'll give it a go...
     
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