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Hard Drive Not Recognized

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by tl6768, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. tl6768

    tl6768 Member

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    My Western Digital MyBook 1.5 GB has recently stopped working. I spins for about 20 seconds, then stops. It is not recognized in windows explorer, but it is recognized in device manager and disk management.

    Under disk management it says that it has 2047.35 GB unallocated space.
    It also says the disk is unknown and not intitalized. When trying
    to intitalize the drive, it says "The media is write protected".

    I have tried swapping usb cables, running safe mode, and freezing it.

    Any help would be amazing! Thanks!

    Picture of Disk Management
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    Picture of Windows Explorer and drive properties
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  2. attar

    attar Senior member

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    Before going too far, download a Linux live CD and boot from that to see if it can read the data on the drive.
    If it can and you can copy the important files to a second drive, try some of the other methods to get it running - if it's under warranty I would be asking for a replacement.


    http://www.livecdlist.com/
     

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