External HDD: Not Initialized.

I have a WD Elements 2TB external HDD, and it recently and randomly just stopped working.

I went to 'Disk Management' and it tells me that the disk is not initialized, and when I try to initialize it, it says that I can't because it is read only. (It also says that it is unallocated memory, but hopefully that's not the case.)

I would like to know if there was any way to fix this, or at least, a way to get what I can off of it before sending it in for a replacement.


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Looking at your graphic ...

it shows that 100% of the 2 TB drive is free and a healthy primary partition and unallocated which means it isn't formatted which is troublesome to say the least.

If you have access to another computer does the second computer see the drive and if so does it see the drive differently?

If the second computer also has problems with the drive your options are to try some of the recovery tools such as RECUVA It is IMPORTANT that you realize that any writing to the drive reduces your chances of accessing files. There are other tools and options listed in the Storage Forum sticky accessed by clicking this link. Even before trying recovery tools such as RECUVA I would STRONGLY recommend that you create a bootable Linux CD and boot with it to see if it sees the drive and files as it will allow you to save them to CD or DVD or another external (or internal) drive. Here is a handy link for doing just that:

Should those fail or if the data is really valuable you are left with deciding just how much it is worth and sending the drive off to some data recovery service such as Drive Savers or Ontrack Data Recovery (partnered with Western Digital) or this too is a good one

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I will definitely try booting up with some form of linux, most likely kubuntu, and then try a recovery tool.
It does have the same problem on two different computers, and that is what worried me.

I'll be back to post my results when I get home.

Thanks again,

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