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Disk in Drive E: is Not Formatted. Would You Like to Format It


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spacey2105

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When I click on disk E which is my secondary hard drive I get the error: Disk in Drive E: is Not Formatted. Would You Like to Format It ... which I would think I would not want to do because it will erase everything on there, or has it already done that since I can not open it. Is there a way for me to get those files back? Normally I would ask my dad but he is now in a hospice. I know this was my mistake for not backing up my work, but its about over a 100 GB worth of data on there I have no way to replace. Basically its my whole life's work. If someone could help me I would deeply appreciate it.
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Sounds like the disk may have failed, in which case retrieving the data would have to be done by a specialist data-retrieval company for rather more than pocket money.

You can check if the drive really has failed by testing it with the drive manufacturer's diagnostic software avialable free from the website's of nearly all the major drive manufacturer's. Obviously you will need to know the make of the drive (Device Manager should give you a clue, otherwise you'll have to remove it to check the label).
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Thanks for the response...
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Have you tried chkdsk e: /r from a command prompt, if it runs let it finish to the end.

Also some live cd,s have tools on the disk to check hard drives

Some are free some not

http://www.livecdlist.com/

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
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Thank you... I actually did that last night and checked this morning and it worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for your response :)
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