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corrupted external hard drive?


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kayax

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Hey, I am using a Toshiba external hard drive. When unplugging my DSL line, I accidentally unplugged my hard drive USB (obviously without the safe eject). I am (almost) positive it used to show in my control panel under the removable storage with a K: drive name. Now it shows in Hard Disk Drives as G:.

I cannot open the drive, it asks me to format it, which of course I don't want to do. In local disk properties of the drive, I cannot do an error check as once again it asks me to format it. I have Piriform Recuva, which I cannot use to recover files, as when I select G: to be recovered, it wants to format it first.

In Computer Management, the drive G: shows as RAW, Healthy, and (Primary Partition)

Properties of the drive show 0 bytes for Total, Used and Free Space.

I know next to nothing about any of this, and desperately need to know if the damage is reversable. This external was my back up of absolutely everything, as well as the only storage point for all my media files.

Thank you! x

Edited by kayax, 02 October 2010 - 04:52 PM.

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H, sorry to hear you have a problem. I think that as the drive is showing as RAW you will have to format the drive. If you right click the drive and select Format use the QUICK option if possible.

RECUVA states that it can recover data from a Formatted drive. See this link.


http://www.piriform....formatted-disks

I hope this helps

Edited by deggitt, 02 October 2010 - 07:14 PM.

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kayax

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Thanks for your help.

Odd thing is, when I rebooted my computer the next day (I had not yet been brave enough to format/recover), everything was back to where it was supposed to be. Though I seem to missing some files, but it isn't the end of the world anymore.

Thank you again, K
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Piriform's "Recuva" is good, easy to use, contains no malware and, it's free:
http://www.piriform.com/recuva
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