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hard drive needs formatting?


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Farntet

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I was searching through my 500 external gig hard drive looking for junk to clear up the space and i think i deleted something i needed. I originally took it out of its case and used it as a desktop drive but then swapped to external to transfer files. Everything was transferring good and windows recognized it fine, but i remember deleting a weird looking folder with a bunch of numbers and letters that contained something called update in the root of the drive, thinking it was one of those hidden installs of spam. I transfered a couple of movies and turned it off. I switched back to desktop and it showed up as an unformatted drive asking me if i wanted to format it. I switched back to the external and the same thing, on two different computers. If anybody has any idea of how to fix this please help! I had like 435 gigs worth of media that would suck to get lost. Thanks!
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Go to Control panel > administrative tools > computer management > disk management. Click Action > Rescan disks.
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I tried doing that and it scanned but it still had the same thing. It shows it not having a file system in the disk management, but on properties it says its RAW. Maybe i deleted the file system information on the disk? Is there a way to copy the info back onto it without reformatting?
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Have a look at ADRC Data Recovery. Try to restore the file tables or, if not successful, use other recovery options. I never tried this programs but it looks promising and it's free.
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