Fixed - You Must Initialize the Disk before Logical Disk Manager can Access It

In some cases, when an external hard drive is connected, you may receive an error ‘You must initialize the disk before logical disk manager can access it’. This mainly occurs when the USB device drivers are not installed properly. To resolve the issue, troubleshooting steps are explained in this article.

  1. Reinstall USB device

Reinstall the device helps resolve the issue in some cases. To reinstall device, follow the steps below.

  • Plug in the USB device
  • Press Windows + X and select Device Manager
  • Expand Universal Serial Bus Controllers
  • Find your device and right click on it
  • Select Uninstall
  • Unplug the device and plug it back in
  1. Update driver software

If reinstalling device doesn’t help, update driver software by following the steps below.

  • Press Windows + X and select Device Manager
  • Expand Universal Serial Bus Controllers
  • Find your device and right click on it
  • Select Automatically Update driver software
  1. Reinstall all of the USB Controllers

If updating driver software doesn’t help, reinstall all of the USB controllers by following the steps below.

  • Disconnect your USB device
  • Press Windows + X and select Device Manager
  • Expand Universal Bus Controllers
  • Right click on Host Controller and click Uninstall
  • Uninstall all items under Universal Bus Controllers
  • Restart your computer and Windows will reinstall all USB controllers automatically
  • Then connect your device and try again

If none of these solutions work, you will need to retrieve data from the drive and format it. Formatting clears all data and prepares it for use. Hence, it is absolutely crucial to have a backup.

If you are receiving error messages, data on the drive may be inaccessible. You will need professional data recovery tools. Remo Recover is a wonderful tool to recover data from corrupt and inaccessible drives. It performs complete partition recovery with folder structure intact. It can also be used to recover data after disk read error.

This hard drive recovery software can also be used to recover data from laptop after formatting, external hard drive, USB’s, and memory cards.

How does Remo Recover work?

The software is equipped with powerful algorithms to scan your drive sector by sector and retrieves data. It works in a read-only mode, so you do not have to worry about your data being altered. There is no damage to your data during the recovery process.

Compatibility of Remo Recover

  1. Works with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 2003 up to Windows 10.
  2. A variant of the software called Remo Recover Mac is available for Mac users. It supports all versions of Mac OS including the latest High Sierra
  3. All major brands of USB drives such as Kingston, SanDisk, Transcend etc. are supported
  4. File systems such as FAT16, FAT32, NTFS etc. are supported
  5. Supports RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5) arrays

Steps to recover data using Remo Recover

It is a simple to use software which performs data recovery efficiently. To start with, download and install Remo Recover on your system and follow the steps.

  1. Double click on the shortcut icon created after the installation process.
  2. From the main screen, select Partition Recovery
  3. Select the drive from which you wish to retrieve partitions
  4. After the scanning process is complete, a list of partitions are displayed
  5. Select partition from the list
  6. Once recovery is complete, a Preview option is provided to view the files
  7. Then save the file to the desired location
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John Harris

Senior Editor, Content Analyst and a fan of exceptional customer service. John develops and publishes instructional and informational content regarding partition management, Windows hot-fixes, data management and computer troubleshooting.

As a tenured data recovery specialist, John shares exceptional insights and blog posts about data loss and data recovery across any storage device. With 8+ years’ experience in writing for Data Recovery for both Mac OS and Windows OS computers, he is an avid learner who always wants to polish and simplify the data recovery process. John passes his free time playing Chess and reading Science Fiction novels.

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