I have a Western Digital 1TB Hard Drive (External). I use it 99.9% of the time on my Windows 7 64bit computer to store pictures/videos and backup important files.
It was working fine until I plugged it into a MACINTRASH to backup files from that computer. It was a simple copy and paste from the MACINTRASH to the External HDD.
After copying the files from the MACINTRASH, I plugged it back into my PC.
My PC no longer recognizes my external HDD. I unplugged the power, plugged it back in. Same with the USB cable. Rebooted. Then my computer wouldn’t reboot and windows did its automatic self repair. Nothing.
I unplugged EVERYTHING and left it that way for about 30 minutes. I plugged EVERYTHING back to my computer and turned it on.
Windows booted up fine. I plugged in the external HDD and windows had that little icon telling me it was installing drivers. I was excited to think that it finally would recognize my external HDD.
Of course, it didn’t work.
I took the hard drive out of the casing/box. I know this voids the warranty… but the warranty has already expired on this junk. I plugged it directly to my desktop’s eSATA. It shows up in Device Manager fine.
In Computer Management’s Disk Management, it tells me I have to initialize the disk before I can access it.
BUT WHY WHEN IT WAS WORKING FINE BEFORE!?!?