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you must initialize a disk before logical disk manager can access it (external ssd)


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Nov 21, 2020
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Hi. So I am getting this error on my external m.2 ssd (in an enclosure) https://prnt.sc/26gcpug

I've been using this for over a year and used it last night without any issue. But today morning. I booted up my PC and saw my drive wasn't connected. So I opened disk management and great with the "you must initialize a disk" pop up message. I've rebooted my pc a few times, changed the enclosure cable with another external drive I have. I even tried it on another laptop and same error. All this drive had was my game files and thats it. Is there a way to recover my files from the ssd and reformat it and see if it works? What can I do here?
Oct 22, 2014
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System Name Black Box
Processor Intel Xeon E3-1260L v5
Motherboard MSI E3 KRAIT Gaming v5
Cooling Tt tower + 120mm Tt fan
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Video Card(s) Asus GTX 970 Mini
Storage Kingston A2000 512Gb NVME
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Case Corsair 450D High Air Flow.
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Take it out of the enclosure and install it internally, or using another adapter cable direct to the drive, not the housing.