Recover Data from External Hard Drive Not Initialized

Disk 1, unknown, not initialized. Will initializing HDD delete data stored on it? This tutorial tells you how to retrieve data using Remo Recover tool when hard disk is unknown, not initialized, error occurs on Windows / Mac platforms.


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Hard Disk Unknown Not Initialized

External Hard drive (Unknown, Not Initialized) Can anyone help me?

“Hi, when I plugged in my WD external hard drive, it did not appear in My Computer. When I check in Disk Management, it said the disk 1 is unknown, not initialized. It worked well before, I don't know what happened now. I have important data stored on it. Is there any quick solution to restore data from Western Digital hard drive? Please help.”

Many people use the removable storage devices to store data or serve as a backup drive. After using for a long while, there are chances that you may find the external hard drive not showing up in Windows File Explorer. In that case, you can open Disk Management to see its status. Usually, you would see the external hard drive not initialized. One situation is that you can see the exact disk space but it appears as unallocated space. The other situation is that it gives you “Disk 1 Unknown Not Initialized” without showing disk capacity.

But do not worry, you can still easily restore all your data before you decide to initialize it. How? You just need to use the professional hard drive data recovery software from REMO.

How to recover data from a not initialized hard drive?

The easiest solution to fix hard disk unknown not initialized is to recover data using Remo Data Recovery software and then, initialize disk to fix the issue. It is a recommended solution when you have vital files on the external / internal hard drive. The software successfully performs data recovery from uninitialized hard drive partition, formatted hard drive, RAW hard drive and much more data loss scenarios. It supports recovery of data from NTFS5, NTFS, FAT32, FAT16 and ExFAT formatted drives and partitions.

To recover data when hard disk shows unknown not initialized error, follow these steps:

Click Download button to get the demo version of Remo Recover Pro Edition for free and install it on your Windows computer. After installing, run the software and follow the step-by-step guidelines to recover data from uninitialized disk.

Step 1: Launch Remo Recover software and click on “Recover Drives” to restore data from a not initialized hard drive.

Click on Recover Drives button to recover data from uninitialized disk

Step 2: Select either “Partition Recovery” or “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery” to move to the next step.

Choose Partition Recovery option to fix error hard drive not initialized and recover data

Step 3: Choose the hard drive from where data files were lost and click arrow key to initiate scanning process.

Select hard drive to fix hard disk unknown not initialized error

Step 4: The tool quickly start scanning the HDD and shows the preview of recovered files by means of “File Type View” or “Data View”.

Click to Preview the recovered data list

Step 5:  Select the files which you want to retrieve from uninitialized hard drive and click on “Save” button to save them on your PC or another drive.

Click on Save to store the recovered data

Steps to initialize HDD to fix hard disk unknown not initialized issue:

  • Right click “My computer” and choose “Manage” to run “Disk Management
  • Right click the disk that you want to initialize
  • Click “Initialize Disk” option

What causes hard disk unknown not initialized?

  • Damaged file system: If your hard disk file system is damaged due to improper operation or virus infection, then your HDD with huge data shows unallocated space.
  • MBR corruption: When MBR is corrupted, the OS fails to access the data on your storage drive and it is likely to show hard drive unknown not initialized error.
  • Bad sectors: If there's an excess number of bad sectors on your hard drive, Disk Management won’t show disk space on the initialized disk.

Apart from the above mentioned scenarios, there might be other reasons too which may result in hard disk errors. By employing the Remo Recover partition recovery utility, you can easily overcome all kinds of hard disk issues and restore your valuable data in just a few clicks.


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