1. screaminsvt's Avatar
    Ok guys,

    Ive recenlty Started working for an Promotions/Radio company.

    Well ALL their stuff is stored on their external harddrive.

    I have it hooked up VIA USB on my laptop today, and while i was compressing a small folder (less than 1 megabite) it froze up, and then I tried to close it. Then my computer froze up.

    So i held down the power button and rebooted.

    When it came back up the USB Drive shows up as it usualy F: Drive, but when you try to open it, it says that I need to format the hd.

    So I unplugged it and moved it to another laptop. Still the same thing.

    this external has been unplugged a few times without going to the "Disconnect USB Device" before.

    I can't lose this info or its gonna be my ***!!!

    So since I wrote the above, I removed the HD from the case, the HD is a SATA HD. Put it in my Desktop, and still the same thing, telling me i need to format. is there anything i can try or do?

    If anyone could help let me know? ill give this board and whoever a big shout out on air!!!

    John
    12-10-08 06:34 PM
  2. Shao128's Avatar
    You could try some harddrive recovery software. There are many choices out there, some free some pay. My personal preference is R-Studio (pay), Ive had a lot of success recovering damaged drives with their software. Disk Recovery Software and Hard Drive Recovery tool for Windows
    12-10-08 06:47 PM
  3. screaminsvt's Avatar
    The HD doesnt even shows if it is a FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS....
    12-10-08 06:53 PM
  4. Shao128's Avatar
    The application (at least R-Studio) should be able to detect the type of filesystem.
    12-10-08 06:54 PM
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