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Richard, Computer Support Specialist
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It is my WD passport external drive. It will not recognise

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It is my WD passport external drive. It will not recognise my files. Suddenly uninitialized itself and I don't want to lose my files by re initialising
JA: What computer or device are you having trouble syncing?
Customer: I am not trying to sync, I am trying to I retrieve my files from an uninitialised external hard drive
JA: What's the brand, model, and Operating System (OS) of your computer?
Customer: Windows 10
JA: What have you tried so far with your computer?
Customer: Plugged in, u ninstalled, back in...will show the drive but no access. I Need to initialise but cant risk losing the files, which initialising will wipe out
JA: Anything else you want the Microsoft Office Expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: No

Hi there and welcome to Just Answer, my name is ***** ***** I look forward to helping you.
I’m sorry to hear you're having trouble. I know that can be frustrating. Hopefully, we can get this resolved quickly.
Please disconnect the power cable to the computer then hold the power button in for 60 seconds then release.
Then connect the power cable, power it on and tell me how it now functions.
Please let me know the results.
Thank you

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
It still won’t recognise the files on the external drive. Say I need to intialise

Can you please right click start and choose Disk Management.

Then click the disk there then click initialize

Let me know if it then functions please

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
If I click initialise it will wipe the drive

No, it wipes you you use format

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Request failed due to a fatal hardware error

Thye drive has failed, I am really sorry but you will need to replace it.

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
OK Thanks Richard

You are welcome

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