My Book Essentials 3TB Drive Suddenly Needs Initializing

This just happened this AM. When I turned on my PC, My Drive was not listed in My Computer. So, I went into Disk Mgt; it was there, but suddenly it needs to initialized. As far as I know, if I do this all Data is lost. So…is there a way to fix this, with out losing my Data? Or am I stuck using a Data Recovery Source.

And of course the other thought that has crossed my mind is that if the Drive had suddenly done this, has the drive gone bad?


As a recommendation, test the drive on a different computer with different cables. Make sure that the power cable is connected to the wall outlet.

If stills the same, try to get a data recovery software online as the partition might be corrupted.