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 is one of the most common hard disk errors that annoy various users. It usually shows as "Unknown, not initialized" in Disk Management. When encounter this issue, you can't use the unknown, not initialized hard disk or access data stored on it. You may think that getting into the disk unknown not initialized problem means you have lost all data forever.
But actually, that's not true. This passage will tell you the possible causes of unknown, not initialized hard disk, and offer you the best data recovery software to recover data from not initialized hard disk.
Possible causes and solutions of hard disk unknown, not initialized
Initializing a hard disk basically means to assign a new Master Boot Record to the disk, to make sure it is available for the Operating System, and to bring it into working condition. But initializing a hard disk will erase data saved on it. So if you have any data on the not initialized disk that you don't want to lose, you should never initialize it.
In general, disk not initialized problem is mainly caused by corrupted Master Boot Record, partition loss, bad sectors, and virus attack.
When your hard disk becomes unknown, not initialized, you can firstly open Disk Management to check whether it shows disk capacity. If the uninitialized disk shows disk capacity, it means the hard disk can still be recognized properly by the Operating System. Under that condition, the not initialized problem is very possible to be caused by lost partition or corrupted MBR. You can recover data from not initialized hard disk with data recovery freeware.
If the uninitialized disk doesn't show disk capacity, maybe it has certain hardware problem and it's less likely for you to get lost data back with data recovery freeware. So you should send the not initialized hard disk to a local data recovery company for help.
Recover data from not initialized hard disk with data recovery freeware
To recover data from uninitialized hard disk, you need iBoysoft Data Recovery, a professional data recovery freeware that can easily help you to recover data from uninitialized, formatted, RAW, inaccessible, corrupted hard disk, 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 with iBoysoft Data Recovery
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.
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.
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