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My External HD Is Acknowledged In Disk Management, but It won't work!

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Here's the thing. My external hard drive makes noise and the little bulb lights up, but in Disk Management, it says: "Disk 1 - Unknown - Not initialized" and when I right click the box where the text is shown, it reads: "Initialize Disc - Offline - Properties - Help" even though I was using it on the same computer not more than an hour ago. Properties is telling me that the hard drive is fine, but it won't initialize. I should mention that after the computer took a few minutes shutting down, it ran some updates. I did some research before posting, and I'm not very good with this form of computer difficulties, but one answer mentioned something about system updates affecting the external hard drive. Could the problem be a result of it dangling from my laptop? It seems to be perfectly fine...