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I have an external Western digital hard drive that is faulty. when i plug it to my system, it will not appear at the task bar. But when you go to disk management, u will see Disk 1 unknown, not initialized. when u right click and click initialize you will get the following answer; Incorrect function. Plz help me out if u have the solution. thanx

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  • Ikechukwu Isaac Nov 01, 2012

    Thank you all for all your contributions. But it hasn't worked yet when i try to change the path letter but all to no avail. it's still saying; incorrect function.

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Try the following steps:
1. right click on my computer and select manage
2. choose Storage-> disk management.

If you say that the drive appears in the "safely remove hardware" than it should appear here too.
Select the hard drive and select "change drive letter and path". Add a drive letter and your hard drive
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This is a good read on what this error actually means:
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What I recommend is reformatting the drive under Computer Management, and seeing if that fixes the problem.

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