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

By 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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by Healer In reply to Try connecting it on diff ...

I have also tried it on a different computer.

I don't quite follow using a USB cable with double connector. I don't know what is a double connector of a USB cable.

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by the edidas In reply to Try connecting it on diff ...

the two A connectors in the cable in the link I posted will sufficent power the portable hard drive, the other end type might be different for your drive, if not type B micro USB, you can buy these cables with an A connector on the other end as well... just do a search for it. Hope this helps.

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by the edidas In reply to Try connecting it on diff ...

and just one more thing, if the doublepowered UCB cable doesn't fix reading your files in your portable hard drive, then your drive file system is really damaged, so follow the data recovery procedures as per OH Smeg's suggestions.

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by Healer In reply to Try connecting it on diff ...

Thanks for the picture of the USB cable with double connector. What is the purpose of using it? Are we supposed to connect the drive to two computers?

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by OH Smeg In reply to Try connecting it on diff ...

The correct term is Y Cable

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GETDATABACK for NTFS/FAT

by jamie.parisi In reply to How to retrieve files fro ...

I have used this program many times on damaged formatted drives. It takes a while but will if the drive is not damaged too badly recover data.

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by Healer In reply to GETDATABACK for NTFS/FAT

Thanks!

When I googled it, I found more than GETDATABACK for NTFS/FAT. I got the Recover My Files as well.

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Let us know how it works!

by mikeadams1137 In reply to How to retrieve files fro ...

Let us know what your findings are.

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by Healer In reply to Let us know how it works!
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