Today I booted up computer to find that my external hard drive wasn't showing up in My Computer. I checked by devices and printers it was there as an unknown disk. Then i noticed the light on my hard drive is blinking which indicates that it has an error. I turn my hard drive off and back on. A notification appears in the corner saying that it cannot recognise the device. It re-installs the drivers fine. I re-check to see if it has appeared in My Computer which it hasn't. I go back to devices and printers in the control panel. It is now detected. "Ext HDD 1021". I then go to Administration Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management where it says that Disk(1) is unallocated and a pop appears saying that I need to initialize the disk, with either MBR or GPT. I know initializing it only changes the signature of the disk but I am unsure whether to and I am assuming I would have to reformat after doing this. I have used multiple recovery tools to retrieve my data, but they were unsuccessful. I have tried it on different operating systems too just in case it was Windows 7. Sorry if this seems a long explanation but I am trying to let you know what i have done so far. Is there any way to save my data or am I screwed? I don't have a back up of it because I am a fool and have learnt my lesson but if you could please help. I would be thankful. Thanks, John.