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Old 05-21-2010, 04:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a simpledrive 1tb external hardrive and when i plug it into my computer it keeps asking me to format it when all my files are in there, i cant afford to format it because the files in my old computer are already deleted is there a way i can access it without formatting it?
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Default Re: My external hardrive wont open up

Have you tried different computers? Different ports?

Sounds like the partition may have been lost.
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Default Re: My external hardrive wont open up

I had this problem myself. The partition can not be read sometimes. Try to find out if another computer CAN read it, then back up, and reformat it.
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Yup i've tried it on 2 other computers
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Try using a Linux LiveCD such as Ubuntu to boot off of, and then try to access the drive that way.
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Try using a Linux LiveCD such as Ubuntu to boot off of, and then try to access the drive that way.
This is a good suggestion. I've had a lot of luck recovering data using Linux live cds.
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