Unresponsive External HD - Virus?

By JeffreyZ
Apr 25, 2013
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  1. Hello,

    I have done a pretty deep preliminiary search of the web to solve this problem and can't seem to find my exact situation - any help is GREATLY appreciated.​
    My WD external hard drive has been functional for two years and all of a sudden stopped appearing in the My Computer window (system is Windows 7, 32bit). When I go to disk management, I cannot re-assign a drive letter or access the disk at all as it seems to not be initialized. According to what I have read, there is a 90% chance that I have a virus. I also tried to plug the drive into my brother's MacBook which runs Windows XP on a partition. On his computer, the drive was not even recognied by the disk management utility.

    I would therefore like to do a scan of the external HD somehow to determine if I do have a virus and if there is any way that I can cleanse it rather than wiping the external HD clean. I am afraid that my secondary backup of photos and documents is not totally up to date and I will lose a lot if I have to wipe clean. If all this fails, I may go to a data recovery specialist and pay $$$ to recover the files.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks​
  2. enderlicious

    enderlicious Newcomer, in training Posts: 61

    Having a similar issue on a NEW hard-drive, there's a couple of suggestions I've found (which I'm posting) on my write up.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,040   +223

    MAYBE
    That settles it - - not a virus but a bad partition table.
    You need to repair the partition and attempt to avoid any reformatting as that's the kiss of death for any data on it.


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