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DJDaveX

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Right...I have quite a big problem on my hands.

I have a Seagate 120GB external USB HDD with TONS of my work on...I mean TONS!!
Its FileSystem is FAT32.

The other day, I disconnected it from my computer, where it was working fine, and took it to school 'cause my project was on it. I got there and plugged it into my computer and it didn't work. I thought I didn't connect it properly, but I looked in "My Computer" and there it was, but it was called "Local Disk (F:)" instead of what I had named it. Right. I double clicked on it. It said...
"The disk is not formatted. Would you like to format it now?"
I looked in Properties and it said the file system was RAW, meaning it wasn't formatted.
Oh dear.
I took it home and plugged it into my computer. Same problem. Now...I open up CompuApps Swissknife and look at the drive. It says it is formatted as FAT32. Weird. I plug it into a MAC and look at it using Disk Utility. Says its formatted as FAT32, but I can't reach any of the files in it.

So, what might have caused this? Is there any way of retrieving the files? I know it was formatted as FAT32, but Windows doesn't seem to think so...and MAC won't recognise it. I don't think it could have "self-formatted"....
Is there any way of making Windows recognise it as an FAT32 drive instead of RAW?

I've got loads of my work on there, I mean like video projects, graphics projects, school work etc... and I need some help on retrieving the files.

Any help would be MUCH appreciated.
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BARROS

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Do you "safely remove device" everytime?
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Oh dear, I forgot to that time cause I was in such a rush. Might that be the problem? What should I do now...
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Well if you did forget to "Remove device safely" then there is a big possibility that that could be your problem...

Im in a hurry at the moment, but I think I know of a program or 2 that can restore the work youve lost...i will post back here either tonight or tomorrow and I can look for that program...

Till then...:whistling:
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It looks like your data still there but something definately did go a little haywire so it's hard for the computers to make sense of what's on the drive. What I recommend is "SpinRite 6". It is the best harddrive recovery program I've ever used. It costs $89 but comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and this data seems very important to you anyway. Keep it around too... it has saved about hundred's of GB's spanned over a dozen drives for me.

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

Edited by MNOB07, 19 February 2007 - 09:10 AM.

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Weird...

I'm gonna try GRC SpinRite 6 now.

I used PC Inspector File Recovery on the drive and it showed all the files....but I couldn't back up the files 'cause the program would crash.
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Right.

I got my hands on TestDisk (from CGSecurity.org).

I analysed the drive and it said that it had a bad jump sector.
Turns out there was something wrong with the boot sector, and that it didn't match the extrapogated files or something like that. I got it to rebuild the boot sector and now its fine.

Would this have been caused by not using "Safely Remove Hardware" or is it a bad sector?
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So you got it working?

Not using the safely remove device option could possibly cause that problem as your removing it suddenly from the computer without the computer knowing...
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Yep, got it working. I think it was a bad sector... or something wrong with the boot sector.

I got the program to rebuild the boot sector, and now its working fine.
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are the usb hdd inclosers powered by the usb or do they have an external power source? ive never used one before

Edited by AnthonyJ, 19 February 2007 - 04:01 PM.

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I think most of them are powered by an external power source... I doubt USB could power a drive to spin up to 7200RPM lol

For Attenttion of DJDaveX -

"Safely Remove Device"

:whistling:

Edited by BARROS, 19 February 2007 - 05:08 PM.

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MNOB07

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2.5" external drives are typically powered using two USB cables.
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It is a 120GB 2.5" HDD in an enclosure.

My computer can give sufficient power through one USB cable, although it does come with a double ended "Y-Shaped" cable in case the required power cannot be supplied through one port.
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Fair enough, I thought you had a full size external hard drive which would require an external power source :whistling:
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