How to Initialize uninitialized Seagate External Hard Drive?

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Requirements: Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and 2008

Many of Seagate external hard drive users face “disk unknown not initialized” error. The error is not limited to external hard drives i.e. you may face the problem even on internal drives. Thus, it is a common and easy-to-deal-with issue that crops up on your removable Seagate hard drives. But, you should have a little knowledge on aspects like the need for disk initialization, what may happen if the disk is not initialized. So, let's learn it from scratch.

Why Seagate external hard drive shows not initialized error?

Your Seagate external hard disk will not be visible to the operating system installed on your computer until you initialize the disk. Thus, Seagate portable drive needs to be initialized to make it functional. But, why a working Seagate drive starts to show drive not initialized issue out of the blue? Here is the answer.

There exist various reasons like virus contamination, broken or damaged MBR, partition loss, bad blocks, corrupted/damaged system files etc. that are responsible for the issue Seagate hard drive not initialized. You may feel it is a tricky issue to handle, but in reality, it is not. If you understand the situation properly, you can easily solve your Seagate external hard drive not initialized problem.

What to do when Seagate portable drive is not initialized?

You can resolve this problem through various techniques. But, before getting started with the repair process the main thing you should pay heed is data present on your Seagate external drive. If you have saved important files on the affected drive, then safeguard them first. Take help of Recover Seagate software, extract data from uninitialized Seagate external drive and keep it in a safe location. I suggested this software because it can effectively recover data from Seagate FreeAgent Go, backup plus, expansion and many series of Seagate drives without affecting the storage drive or data. And, it involves simple procedure.

Steps to Recover Data from Uninitialized Seagate External Drive:

Install Recover Seagate software on a working system, connect your uninitialized Seagate drive and launch the tool

Step 1: Opt Recover Drives.

Recovering Data from Faulty Hard Drive in Windows 10- Home Screen

Step 2: Next choose Partition Recovery.

Faulty Hard Drive Data Recovery Tool for Windows 10- Recovery Method

Step 3: Pick the Seagate portable drive and its partitions from the list.

Restore Data from Windows 10 Faulty Drive- Select Drive

Step 4: Mention particular file types to recover (if you wish), else Skip this step.

Faulty Hard Drive Recovery Tool on Windows 10- File Types

Step 5: Finally, select files, preview them and save.

Recovering Data from Faulty Hard Drive in Windows 10- Recovered Files

Now solve Seagate external hard drive not initialized problem.

Troubleshooting for not initialized hard disk:

Fix#1: Initialize Seagate External Hard Drive

  • Right-click on My Computer
  • Choose Manage
  • Open Disk Management
  • Right-click on your Seagate portable drive
  • Choose Initialize Disk
  • Select Seagate external disk from list
  • Prefer MBR partition style
  • Hit OK button

Fix#2: Rebuild MBR

  • Boot from Windows CD
  • Opt Repair your computer
  • Select System Recovery Options
  • Go to Command Prompt
  • Type bootrec /rebuildbcd and hit Enter
  • Type bootrec /fixmbr and hit Enter
  • Type bootrec /fixboot and hit Enter
  • Restart the system

Fix#3: Repair Bad spots

  • Start Command Prompt
  • Type chkdsk and press Enter key
  • Type chkdsk X: /r (Replace X with Seagate external drive’s letter)

Fix#4: Run SFC

  • Launch Command Prompt
  • Type sfc /scannow (leave one space after sfc)
  • Restart computer after fixation
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