Does the Initilize Disk wizard in Windows Disk Manager erase data
Posted on 2010-08-13
I have a notebook disk drive that will not boot and I'm trying to recover the data from it.
To do so I connected a 2.5" to 3.5" connection converter to it and then hooked it up to an IDE cable in my Windows Server 2003 box.
The BIOS recognizes the drive but it is not listed in Windows Explorer. Device Manager shows the drive but says that it is not initilized and the wizrd is offering to initilize it for me.
Will the inilize process cause a loss of the data files on that drive or will it simply make the drive visible in Explorer so I can recover the data?
Thank you, Herb