Hard disk WD3200bevt not initializing

Hi there ,

I have western digital 2.5" 320gb laptop hard disk that seems dead.

I connect the hard disk externally to my laptop .

I opened disk manager and message says : disk 2 unknown, not initialized.

When I click on initialize disk,  a message pops up device is not ready.

So the Microsoft disk manager recognises the disk, but it is unable to initialize the disk.

Is it possible to revive the hard disk and initialize it with some software tools  for windows 7 ?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you are willing to further risk data on the drive, you can try:

Recuva  (Piriform)   OR
GetDataBack   (https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm)

These are both well known.  

If the data is critical, you may wish to try a local data recovery agency
simonAuthor Commented:
I do not want the data back,  i want to initialize the hard disk and get it to work?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Consider Easeus for trying to initialize a hard drive


Read part way down for a disk that won't read
Robert RComputer Service TechnicianCommented:
if the hard drive is dead, the driver for the hard drive docking staition may be shown but not the drive itself. If the hard drive indeed is not detected in the laptop where the drive originated, it may not be possible to get the drive to be properly recognized using the disc management tool. If you cant initialize the drive in disc management the drive is most likely gone.
when working on a suspect drive - never connect it over USB - it only adds problems to the exixting ones
you really need to  connect it directly to a sata cable.
if the drive is not detected in the bios - no software can help - so check that first !

btw such a drive is dirt cheap now - you can buy them for 20-30 $  https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00AAKF8KC/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=all

more here :  https://www.walmart.com/browse/electronics/hard-drives-storage/3944_3951_1073804_514537?cat_id=3944_3951_1073804_514537&facet=capacity%3A1+TB%7C%7Ccategory%3AInternal+Hard+Drives%7C%7Chard_drive_capacity_component_hard_drive%3A640GB+-+1.0TB#searchProductResult

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simonAuthor Commented:
thanks for you help guys. much appreciated
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