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Old 09-18-2010, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default External HDD Always ask to be formatted upon connection

I have a Maxtor 200GB PATA133 External HDD. I had it in the original casing but the connector was bad which caused it to register only in device manager. i tested it out and it still worked so i then got a new casing for it. after using the hdd for a while..i tried to connect it now and it it says i have to format it before using...but i dont want to delete all the data
is there any hope for this or should i call it quits
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Old 09-19-2010, 02:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Go into device manager and find the drive, see if it is marked as RAW, if so, then the data is gone, but there is a chance that you can pull it, there should be software out there to rebuild the partition tables, I am just unsure of any names.
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm not sure which section to find if its marked as raw but what i gathered in properties section:
General: device is working properly
Volumes(After i populate it):
-Disk: Disk1
-Type: Basic
-Status: Online
-Partition style: Master Boot Record (MBR)
-Capacity: 194480mb
-Unallocated: 6mb
-Reserved: 0mb

I tried updating the driver and it says its up to date
When i try to access it from computer it says its unaccessible, the file directory is corrupted and unreadable
Where do i go from here??
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You will need to access the Administrative tools under Control Panel, then, go to disk managment, it will list the drives there, and the file system they are using.
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I found it and unfortunately its marked as RAW so ill format the disk...thanks again for the help
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Sorry that I couldn't have been of more help, but it's sad when a drive is marked raw like that, but strange things happen, sorry you lost your data, I know the feeling, awhile back I lost a bit over 1TB worth of data, drive was marked RAW, just came outta no where to.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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oh dam thats crazy...it funny thought, but at least the drive is reusable after formatting
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Old 09-23-2010, 11:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If anything should ever happen to the hdd and you have a little time left to pull what is off of it use this:
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
Used this once to recover a few things off of a dying hdd last year, it will help out greatly and it's free.
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