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    c22t Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Feb 1, 2014, 10:35 PM
    Passport Hard drive
    My passport hard drive has worked for years. Now when I plug it in, I get the tone that it connected and can feel the hard drive working and the light is on. I cannot find it in the list of items connected to the computer, but it does show up in device manager - and it says that the disk is not initialized.

    Is there a way that I can fix this without losing the data?
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    Feb 2, 2014, 10:22 AM
    I am waiting to hear the answer myself. I have the same issue. I took mine to two computer shops and they said there was nothing they could do for me.

    I have mine sitting in the drawer, with all of my photos, files and "life" .
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    Feb 2, 2014, 12:18 PM
    It seems odd to me. I know people who have had hard drive failures and taken their systems to computer shops where the shop will mirror the drive onto another drive. I would think if they could do such a thing with an internal hard drive, they should be able to do it with an external one as well. I would call around, you may have just found someone that doesn't have the ability.
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    Feb 2, 2014, 09:53 PM
    Since you can see it in Disk Management, try a recovery program like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. The Free Edition has limitations but the Pro version (which isn't free) does not. I recently used the Pro version I downloaded to recover a "D" drive that went belly up for no reason. But it took for ever to recover the 250gig drive.

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