The disk you inserted is not readable by this computer, No Initialize option

Denny0296

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I got this error yesterday on my WD Elements 500gb. I found fixes, but most cases they can Initialise. Tried disk warrior, it wont read my drive partition nor Disk utility. Any hopes to resurrect this drive?
 

Volkan1984

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I got this error yesterday on my WD Elements 500gb. I found fixes, but most cases they can Initialise. Tried disk warrior, it wont read my drive partition nor Disk utility. Any hopes to resurrect this drive?
Could you try to open the enclosure, take the HDD out and try and connect it to another SATA to USB connector or a HDD dock?
 

g4cube

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You are the proud owner of one of those low cost drives that have the USB controller built right into the drive. No SATA or IDE connector at all.

Try to find another Mac or PC to see if you can resurrect this drive with the USB connection.
 

Volkan1984

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As I see it, the HDD has an USB port directly attached to it? That USB port is accessible through a hole in the HDD's enclosure right?

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Plus the "golden" connector looks like a sort of IDE connection. There are probably IDE to USB convertors out there (given that the data on the HDD is important enough for the effort, of course).
 

Denny0296

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You are the proud owner of one of those low cost drives that have the USB controller built right into the drive. No SATA or IDE connector at all.

Try to find another Mac or PC to see if you can resurrect this drive with the USB connection.
What benefit does it have?

Tried plugging it in a MBA and a Mac Pro, no luck.

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As I see it, the HDD has an USB port directly attached to it? That USB port is accessible through a hole in the HDD's enclosure right?

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Plus the "golden" connector looks like a sort of IDE connection. There are probably IDE to USB convertors out there (given that the data on the HDD is important enough for the effort, of course).
It doesn't look like an IDE port. Trying to look for pros to fix this.
 

FreakinEurekan

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I'd call that one a lost cause. Looks like WD only gives a 1-year warranty on Elements drives, so if it's older than that I'd toss it and get a new one.

Warranty can run a wide range so keep that in mind when you're looking for a replacement, just in the WD line you can get as little as one year or as much as five. My Passport Elite and some My Passport Studio drives give 5 years, some Studio drives get 3 years. Here's the chart:

http://support.wdc.com/warranty/policy.asp
 

cocacolakid

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Alright, I'll try

Edit: Picture here: http://sdrv.ms/13FlcLW

There is no SATA port
Wow, I've never seen one of those before.

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I'd call that one a lost cause. Looks like WD only gives a 1-year warranty on Elements drives, so if it's older than that I'd toss it and get a new one.

Warranty can run a wide range so keep that in mind when you're looking for a replacement, just in the WD line you can get as little as one year or as much as five. My Passport Elite and some My Passport Studio drives give 5 years, some Studio drives get 3 years. Here's the chart:

http://support.wdc.com/warranty/policy.asp
Walmart has some lower priced extended warranties available too when you buy any electronic from them. I've never checked to see if it's available for external drives, but keep that in mind (and for electronics you buy from them, you have 30 days after a purchase to buy the warranty, which can be done right online).

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As I see it, the HDD has an USB port directly attached to it? That USB port is accessible through a hole in the HDD's enclosure right?
I think that's the USB port in the middle of that green adapter.
 

Denny0296

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The HDD is dead. Asked about it to a pro and they said its a bad sector inside.
 

brand

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The HDD is dead. Asked about it to a pro and they said its a bad sector inside.
A pro?

A bad sector does not mean it is a bad hard drive. Hard drives are designed to account for bad sectors and will avoid them with writing and reading data. Additionally a hard drive with a bad sector can still be formatted and the bad sector will be recorded so that it no longer get written to.

Again I ask, a pro?

I am surprised they didn't open it and try to remove the bad sector.
 

Denny0296

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Jun 5, 2013
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A pro?

A bad sector does not mean it is a bad hard drive. Hard drives are designed to account for bad sectors and will avoid them with writing and reading data. Additionally a hard drive with a bad sector can still be formatted and the bad sector will be recorded so that it no longer get written to.

Again I ask, a pro?

I am surprised they didn't open it and try to remove the bad sector.
Sorry its my bad, i shouldn't have said that. Direct quote from the email.

" From your description, it is likely that your drive is experiencing a problem with bad sectors therefore causing its contents to be unreadable."

They didnt get hands on with my Hard drive yet.
 

nisulid

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Jul 7, 2013
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USB drive

Ok, i have similar problem with USB drive/ SDHD 32GB

It all started when I tried to move some files to it. It is used in a car multimedia device, in a SD adapter. When I tried to move files, it gave an error with the file, and I hit "cancel". Then I tried to eject and it wouldn't. then I hit force eject. Repeated everything over again. The it stopped reading my card.
It is not the reader since I other cards are readable. I also put the SDHD into an USB and plugged in the USB drive - nothing.
It shows nothing.
Disk utility, Disk Warrior, Data Rescue, Data Guru, they all show nothing.
Is the SDHD card dead for good?
Can I somehow format it? I don't need the files in it.