How to recover data from not initialized hard disk with data recovery freeware?

Posted by Juno to Data Recovery on June 12th, 2017

When I try to connect my external hard drive to the PC, it doesn't show up in My Computer. But in Disk Management, there is a Disk 1 that has a black bar at top instead of blue, showing "Unknown, not initialized" on the side and "Unallocated" under the bar. Also, when I open Disk Management it offers to initialize my disk, but I fear that would erase my data. How would I get my computer to read the disk and recover my data?

Disk unknown, not initialized or asking for initialization is one of the most common hard disk RAW errors. When it occurs, you can't open the unknown/uninitialized hard disk nor access data stored on it. But, it doesn't necessaryly mean you have lost data on the unknown/uninitialized hard disk.

This article will show you reasons of hard disk becoming unknown/uninitialized, and tutorials to recover data from the not initialized hard disk with best data recovery software - iBoysoft Data Recovery.

Recover data from not initialized hard disk with data recovery freeware

iBoysoft Data Recovery can help you recover data from uninitialized hard disk. It's professional data recovery freeware that can easily recover data from uninitialized, formatted, RAW, inaccessible, corrupted hard disk, unallocated partition, external hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, SD card, recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, recover data from deleted or lost partition, etc.

Step-by-step tutorial to recover data from not initialized hard disk

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery on your computer.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery, and select the not initialized hard disk.

If the not initialized hard disk is external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card or any other external storage device, you should firstly connect it to your computer, and then launch iBoysoft Data Recovery & select it.

Recover data from not initialized hard disk

Step 3: Click "Next" to search for all existing files in the not initialized hard disk.

Step 4: Preview the searching results, choose those you want, and click "Recove" button to get them back.

Step 5: Check to ensure you have get all needed data back.

Besides to recover data from uninitialized hard disk, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover data from formatted hard drive, recover data from RAW hard drive, recover data from inaccessible hard drive, recover data from not formatted hard drive, etc.

Lastly, after all lost files have been successfully restored, you can initialize the hard disk for future use: Go to Disk Management, right click the drive that needs to be initialized and then choose "Initialize Disk" option. After the initialization finished, your hard disk not initialized problem is solved.

Reasons of hard disk unknown, not initialized

In general, disk not initialized problem is mainly due to corrupted Master Boot Record, partition loss, bad sectors, and virus attack.

If the uninitialized disk doesn't show disk capacity in Disk Mamagement, maybe it has certain hardware problem. You should send the not initialized hard disk to a local data recovery company for help.

If the uninitialized disk shows disk capacity, or shows 0 bytes used space, 0 bytes free space in file explorer, it means the hard disk can still be recognized by the Operating System. The not initialized problem is probably caused by lost partition or corrupted MBR, and you can recover data from not initialized hard disk with data recovery freeware.

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