HD Disappeared Windows10

cadmus0809

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We have a WD Green drive. The other day it started acting up. Today, it shows up in the BIOS, Drive Manager and Device Manager but not in 'My Computer'. When I open up Disk Management, I get "you must initialize a Disk before Logical Disk Management can recognize it". I have the options: MBR and GPT. I can't initialize it because we have alot of data on that disk (at least we did). Any help on this one?
 

tomsmith23

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Hello Cadmus0809 and welcome to the community!!


When windows offer initialize the disk then it means there is problem with the partition table or invalid partition table. Once you initialize the disk then it will remove all your data from that drive and create new and fresh partition for use. I would suggest you to recover your data from the drive before initializing it.
 
Hi there cadmus0809,

That is really unpleasant. :(

Initialization is data destructive. So, as the other guys suggested, you will need to try to recover the data stored on the drive first. You can do so with some data recovery tool. For example, you can check that thread out: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/id-1644496/lost-data-recovery.html

After that, it would be a really nice idea to check the drive's health status out. You can just run both short and extended DLG tests on the drive: http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=qBUaI2

Let us know how this goes,
D_Know_WD :)
 

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