External hard drive WD 1600BEVS 160GB unkown not initialized and no space

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External hard drive WD 1600BEVS 160GB unkown not initialized and no space, how can i solve and get access to my data, please kindly help me out. thank you
 

Ralston18

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More details needed: what OS are you using? How is the drive connected?

New or used/refurbished?

What have you done or tried so far?

Have you run WD's diagnostic software? (Remember anything that you do may cause data loss.)


 
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And i will attached images which will help you know more,,.
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Thank you for your reply, hope you can find a solution for me
 

Ralston18

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The last image: Broken external case?

Does the following link present a match to your drive?

https://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Scorpio-160GB-5400RPM/dp/B000O78DPI

Try the drive in another known working external drive case.

And/ or just externally connect the driver with a USB - SATA adapter. And use a separate power supply.

Likely some damage: Case, drive, or both.

Need to eliminate which one but could be both...
 
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Thank you for the response @Ralston18 I appreciated,
I will try on those options, and i am not a hardware techie guy but i wanted to tryout this and get it work.
i will update on this. Is it safe to initialise disk to MBR or GPD? and ceck what happen ?
 
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I still not tried to initialised, Is it safe to initialise disk to GPD? and check what happen ?

I have found many places initialise to MBR why you are recommending GPD?
 
all my drives are that type. of course it's safe. try it one way, if it works, great, if it won't initialize either way, the drive or the enclosure could be bad. or both bad. you can get a cheapo sata to usb cable and test.

https://www.howtogeek.com/193669/whats-the-difference-between-gpt-and-mbr-when-partitioning-a-drive/
 
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Thank you for this clarification based on the article GPT is modern and have more advantages than MBR,
and before i try initialise
1. my PC internal hard disk partition style is MBR, so if i initialise GPT to this external hard drive, does give any issues?

2. Hence, I do need data on this external hard disk, if i initialised probably loose data right? so recovering data can be successful? if so can you please provide best free tool reference which work fine

thank you for you time
 
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Hello friends,

I have extract hard drive from case enclosure, and connect to power cable's second adaptor and connect CD ROM's SATA data cable and power on (i am not sure is correct or not its hard find here enclosure immediately.)
and first boot error "Hard drive error" see below link
https://ibb.co/kxCipp
https://ibb.co/bS14vU

Second i try to get boot menu and force boot from my internal hard drive under Legacy Boot Source
widows power on but result is same for my external drive (unknown, not initialised & no Space) see the links below,
https://ibb.co/bHkKUp
https://ibb.co/cbJTN9

and see extracted external drive images has some damages too. links below,
https://ibb.co/c2wyN9
https://ibb.co/kXjPvU
https://ibb.co/nL9UUp

so based on this scenario expert like you what can be conclude as my solution for data recovery/get drive work.

thank you very much for your times
 

Ralston18

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My view is that you have a physically damaged drive. That case and drive took a really hard hit somewhere....

Where did the case and drive come from?

Recoverable? Not sure. Anything you do may cause more damage and data loss.

Recommendation: Keep trying other suggestions and ideas. But look for your backups.
 
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I have no idea whom and where is from, my boss told me to get access or recover it,
but probably there is a important file , he may know it and exact location, i have requested it, until then i want to arrange backup resources,
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do i try initialise this device to hard drive probably on GPD ? and see what will happen
 

Ralston18

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You do not want to initialize the disk. All data will be lost.

Reference link - you can find other such links as well:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/storage/disk-management/initialize-new-disks

Again, anything you do may cause further damage and more loss of data.

Recommend recovery via a professional recovery company. Will be a costly expense with no guarantees. They will put the drive in a clean room, take it apart, replace components, reassemble, and see if it works and, if so, try to recover data.

You cannot do that on your own.

Send an email and get his answer in writing.

I suggest that you contact a couple of recovery companies nearby and get some pricing beforehand.

Provide you boss with some facts and figures (e.g., time and costs).

Document to protect yourself - if he did not back up some important file you may be blamed for the loss of data.



 
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Hello @Ralston & @PeterMartin

First of all thank you for all of your precious time and efforts, Its great to be mastered like you. in sha Allah one day 1 too.
I have encountered & I sincerely apologise for attempted to cross post simultaneously in multiple forum,

since this is my first experience in forums you all may forgive me and do continuous advise and solution help under for this topic.

As per the rule guidance i will continue my discussion on forum Computerhope (bcs it mixed with some negativity on me.)
Thread link here..
https://www.computerhope.com/forum/index.php/topic,168862.0/all.html

 

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