I was reinstalling windows on an additional PC and had the USB drive plugged in. As soon as I noticed that the drive showed up on the "drive list" part of Windows installation I quit out of it unplugged the external drive to prevent any partition/format problems and installed windows on the internal drive. Later with windows installed, the USB hard drive was plugged back in but was not being recognized under My Computer, but was Healthy in Disk Manager.
So then I connected the external drive internally. After a few different jumper settings, I finally got it to be the slave. Now when I try to open the drive, it says that it is unformatted. Of course I do not want to format the drive since I have important data on it.
So then I took the drive out, set it up as external again and connected it to the original machine where it was working just fine before.
When I go ot My Computer and click on the drive it now says that it needs to be formatted (this is on the original machine where it was working fine before)
When I run Partition Magic/Partition Info this is what I get about the drive:
The 60gigs of where the data used to be (and I assume still is) is shows as UNALLOCATED. The other 140gigs of empty space is shown as an UNFORMATTED partition.
I know this is a lot to read but PLEASE HELP! I have important 60gigs of data on the drive and I need it. Also, I don't want to spend crazy amounts of money for a "professional" data recovery place.