My Western Digital MyBook USB 1TB recently died on me. As I was accessing the drive via Windows Vista Explorer, it suddenly became very slow eventually hanging on me. I restarted the PC but the drive was no longer detectable.
The hard disk is still under warranty but I want to recover the data before taking it back to the supplier. I have also received authorisation from WD that it would be okay if I did my own data recovery by opening the casing. So this is what I did. I went to buy a USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE cable and hooked it all up.
When I switched on the power supply of the cable, my PC detected the WD, but no drive letter was assigned. I went to Disk Management and it says the disk is Not Initialized and the size of the drive was only 22.43 GB and the same was 22.43 GB Unallocated. There were ever only 1 partition and that was the physical primary. What ever happened to the hard drive behaving like this and the remaining space - 1TB to only 22.43 GB? Please see attached image.
I am concerned that the data is not recoverable. I have been reading elsewhere on Google that it is wise not to proceed with the Initialization as this will wipe out all data.
My data dates back many years - some are critical and some are sentimental like family photos.
Thanks for your assistance.