I have a rather old external drive (WD Combo) which has worked fine for years. I mostly use it to store photos etc, however recently it simply is not showing up in My Computer when I plug it in. It is not dead, it still spins and I see it under Device Manager and Disk Management.
In the Disk Management window it says that the drive is Not Initialized and is Unallocated. When I rightclick on it and hit Initialize Disk It would give me the error: “The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error”.
Any suggestions? This is quite clearly well out of warranty since I got it around 2005 or so.