Is the Western Digital hard drive shows not initialized on your Windows computer? If yes, this article is for you. Drive not initialized is not a new problem. It is faced by many Windows OS users and occurs due to numerous reasons, including:
Disk Driver issues.
You can also find the unallocated space or no disk space message beside your drive in the Disk Management window when the drive faces the ‘not initialized’ issue. As you can see, the WD hard drive not initialized problem occurs due to some common causes. So, you can resolve this drive problem on your own.
The rest of this article covers the easy, simple, and possible workarounds that help you to resolve the WD hard drive not initialized problem in no time.
So, let’s get started!
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Five simple workarounds that help you to resolve the WD hard drive not initialized problem are given below. Follow the methods one by one in the order below. After performing one method, check if the drive not initialized problem is resolved. If yes, you can stop the troubleshooting there.
If not, perform the next solution to resolve the problem.
Reconnect The Drive
First, check if your drive is connected to the computer securely.
If not, reconnect the WD hard drive to your computer and check if the problem is resolved.
Ensure that the drive is connected to the right and working port.
Initialize The Drive
Open the Disk Management window if it is closed.
Go to the 'Unknown with Not Initialized' section and right-click on it.
Choose the Initialize Disk option. Now, the Initialize Disk dialog box will open.
Select the disk in the opened box. Set the partition style as MBR (Master Boot Record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table) in the Initialize Disk dialog box and click Next.
Follow the instructions below to rebuild your drive's MBR using Windows Installation Disc.
Ensure that the WD drive is connected to your computer.
Boot your Windows computer from the disk.
Choose Repair your computer and open Command Prompt using the Shift and F10 button combo.
Enter your drive letter followed by ‘:’ and tap Enter.
For example, if your WD Drive letter is M, type ‘M:’ and tap Enter.
Run the commands highlighted in the image below one by one in the Command Prompt window to rebuild the MBR.
Ensure to restart your computer at the end of the rebuild process.
Repair I/o Device Error
Open Run and type the diskpart command. Tap Enter. Type and run the following commands one by one below to repair the I/O Device error.
select disk F (F is the drive letter. Replace F with your drive letter).
convert gpt or convert mbr
create partition primary
format quick fs=ntfs
Perform A Diagnostic Test
Open the WD Drive Utilities application on your computer. (This app helps you resolve these kinds of WD drive problems. Contact us to learn more about it).
Click on the Diagnose option. Now, the Diagnostics dialog box will open.
Choose the test type from the suggestion list.
Diagnostic the WD hard drive not initialized problem by following the prompts displayed on the screen.
We hope this blog was useful and you got the troubleshooting solutions you’re looking for. You can reach us if not, if you have doubts related to the information provided on this page or if you need real-time help in resolving the WD hard disk not initialized problem.
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