External HDD not getting initialized in Disk Manager

  hechesspee 10:09 AM 03 Mar 12
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Hi, I have an WD Elements 1023 external hard drive which I want to connect to my laptop which runs a 64 bit Windows 7 Home Premium. When I connect the device, it shows up in the device manager and the driver is installed properly.

However, it doesnt show up as a drive and in the Disk Management, it shows as Disk1 unknown. When I try to Initialize the disk, I get a error that the "The Media is write protected".

Its been a real pain as I have a lot of data init and unable to access it. It wud be great if anybody could suggest me a solution for this.

Screen shot of how the drive appears in the device manager https://picasaweb.google.com/114564433723979804644/March3201202#5715608574510479554

Screen shot of how the drive appears in the disk manager https://picasaweb.google.com/114564433723979804644/March32012#5715607129219976018

Regards hechesspee

  difarn 10:51 AM 03 Mar 12

Have you tried this on another PC - is it recognised?

Have you tried manually assigning a drive letter in disk management? This article gives you step by step instructions on how to do this.

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