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How to retrieve files from a drive needed to be re-formatted?

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How to retrieve files from a drive needed to be re-formatted?

Healer
I have a portable drive that has some files in it. Somehow all of a sudden the files in there are not visible or retrievable. Connecting it to a computer USB port, I can only see a message saying the drive needs to be formatted.

If I follow the prompt to format it, I can imagine I would lose all the files in there. Is there any way I can go around it? I wonder!
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    AkJohnDye

    How about Steve Gibson's "SpinRite" $ 89.00 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee.
    See at (www.grc dotCom)
    I've never used it, but Leo Laporte recommends it, good enough for me.
    Good luck!
    John

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    Boris the Bold

    I've had it before where the internal drive connection (HDD to USB board) has fried.
    Open up the USB Drive caddy and remove the drive and stick it into another one, I bought one for ??5 and it has worked fine for over a year.
    Mine was a western Digital passport drive.

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    jamblaster

    Many file access problems with Windows can be gotten around through using a Linux distro. They have so many that are easy to install and use from a USB drive (boot from USB) that its worth a try at least.

    Try Unetbootin --> http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

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    techno0001

    it will really help when dealing with reformating

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    rj78

    hey you can use another usb cable to connect otherwise you can use hdd to usb converter (you have to release the hdd inside to see which type of hdd connector SATA or IDE).

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    OH Smeg

    The First recovers data from the drive and the second rebuilds Partition Tables etc.

    Different Data Recovery Software do different jobs in a different way that's basically the main difference. Some do a better job than others but basically speaking the Free ones are Data Recovery Software and read a Drive and recover Data from the drive. The more expensive types Generally Speaking Rebuild Partition Tables and the like and don't actually recover Data from the Drive and write it elsewhere they rebuild the drive and are generally speaking faster doing their thing than the Straight Recovery Type Apps.

    However saying that you could try Recuva Free from Piriform

    http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download

    I don't use it personally bit others here have said that they find it very good.

    As to the new Design of the Site I hate it as it's way too easy to miss things now.

    Col

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    Healer

    Above is the drive from which I try to recover the files. I've got it back and tried again.
    Today when I first plugged into my Windows 7 system. It was not even detected. Likewise when I tried with the Recuva Free I've just downloaded and installed.

    So I switched over to Ubuntu which was installed on the same laptop. The disk utility detected it. It didn't seem to give me an option to mount it. I plugged in another working 4GB USB drive so that I could compare the information. I didn't remember where I could access the Windows partition or the peripheral drive from the Linux file manager though.

    Now I switched back to Windows 7. The portable drive was then detected but reported as healthy and raw. I tried the Recuva Free again and it said not formatted.

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    OH Smeg

    Some may be part files and the like and not be readable even though they have a Header.

    Col

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    atsmar

    I've used both TestDisk and it's companion PhotoRec. I recovered 12 GBs off of a Sony 16 GB thumb-drive that I was sure had been fried. The thumb drive wasn't being recognized by three different PCs (two running XP and one running Win 7) and kept telling me it needed to be reformatted. I found this software while looking in Google and wow..., it worked. I had critical data on that Sony and I got all of it back. Once I recovered the data I reformatted the thumb drive. Good as new. You can find it here: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk.

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    AkJohnDye

    How about Steve Gibson's "SpinRite" $ 89.00 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee.
    See at (www.grc dotCom)
    I've never used it, but Leo Laporte recommends it, good enough for me.
    Good luck!
    John

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    Boris the Bold

    I've had it before where the internal drive connection (HDD to USB board) has fried.
    Open up the USB Drive caddy and remove the drive and stick it into another one, I bought one for ??5 and it has worked fine for over a year.
    Mine was a western Digital passport drive.

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    jamblaster

    Many file access problems with Windows can be gotten around through using a Linux distro. They have so many that are easy to install and use from a USB drive (boot from USB) that its worth a try at least.

    Try Unetbootin --> http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

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    techno0001

    it will really help when dealing with reformating

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    rj78

    hey you can use another usb cable to connect otherwise you can use hdd to usb converter (you have to release the hdd inside to see which type of hdd connector SATA or IDE).

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    OH Smeg

    The First recovers data from the drive and the second rebuilds Partition Tables etc.

    Different Data Recovery Software do different jobs in a different way that's basically the main difference. Some do a better job than others but basically speaking the Free ones are Data Recovery Software and read a Drive and recover Data from the drive. The more expensive types Generally Speaking Rebuild Partition Tables and the like and don't actually recover Data from the Drive and write it elsewhere they rebuild the drive and are generally speaking faster doing their thing than the Straight Recovery Type Apps.

    However saying that you could try Recuva Free from Piriform

    http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download

    I don't use it personally bit others here have said that they find it very good.

    As to the new Design of the Site I hate it as it's way too easy to miss things now.

    Col

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    Healer

    Above is the drive from which I try to recover the files. I've got it back and tried again.
    Today when I first plugged into my Windows 7 system. It was not even detected. Likewise when I tried with the Recuva Free I've just downloaded and installed.

    So I switched over to Ubuntu which was installed on the same laptop. The disk utility detected it. It didn't seem to give me an option to mount it. I plugged in another working 4GB USB drive so that I could compare the information. I didn't remember where I could access the Windows partition or the peripheral drive from the Linux file manager though.

    Now I switched back to Windows 7. The portable drive was then detected but reported as healthy and raw. I tried the Recuva Free again and it said not formatted.

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    OH Smeg

    Some may be part files and the like and not be readable even though they have a Header.

    Col

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    atsmar

    I've used both TestDisk and it's companion PhotoRec. I recovered 12 GBs off of a Sony 16 GB thumb-drive that I was sure had been fried. The thumb drive wasn't being recognized by three different PCs (two running XP and one running Win 7) and kept telling me it needed to be reformatted. I found this software while looking in Google and wow..., it worked. I had critical data on that Sony and I got all of it back. Once I recovered the data I reformatted the thumb drive. Good as new. You can find it here: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk.