Initializing Hard Disk Drive

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I've placed an old hard drive in a USB external enclosure to rtrieve files. When I try to access the drive I get a message that the drive has not been initalized. How can I accomplish initializing the drive?

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Windows 7-Accommodata enclosure-WD HDD

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There might be a problem with the connection of your old hard disk drive to your enclosure drive. Please check it properly and make sure that it is properly connected then try connecting again to your computer system.

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  • Tchin
    Initialize New Disks To initialize new disks In Disk Management, right-click the disk you want to initialize, and then click Initialize Disk. In the Initialize Disk dialog box, select the disk(s) to initialize. You can select whether to use the master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style. Note The disk is initialized as a basic disk. Additional considerations New disks appear as Not Initialized. Before you can use a disk, you must first initialize it. If you start Disk Management after adding a disk, the Initialize Disk Wizard appears so you can initialize the disk.
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  • Rakei
    ToTchin... I'm afraid in my case that doesn't work... I've have tried initializing Disk with both method GBP and MBR just for testing purposes.. still didn't fix it.. The HDD doesn't read in WIN XP but reads the unallocated partition on WIN7.. We maybe talking about a good software program that can do the job...in which im still in a research for..any advice would be great..
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  • TomLiotta
    I've placed an old hard drive in a USB external enclosure to rtrieve files. Are there files already on that drive that you are hoping to retrieve? It's possiblt that you can't do it with the enclosure that you're using. The enclosure might expect to initialize the drive itself in order to make the drive accessible to the enclosure. And if you do that, then the files that you want to retrieve will effectively be gone. Tom
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  • jinteik
    but there are softwares out there that you can use to retrieve back some of your files, but not all will work back once again.
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