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Hard disk WD3200bevt  not initializing

Last Modified: 2019-03-31
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)
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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


I do not want the data back,  i want to initialize the hard disk and get it to work?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Consider Easeus for trying to initialize a hard drive


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Robert RComputer Service Technician

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.
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thanks for you help guys. much appreciated

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