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External Hard Drive Not Formatted Error

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External Hard Drive Not Formatted Error

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I have a Seagate 160 GB External Hard Drive that I've been using for about 2 years or so. Recently, I ran into a problem accessing it. When I turn it on, Windows assigns it a letter and I can see it under My Computer like normal, but then when I click on it, it says the drive is not formatted and asks me if I want to format it. I assume reformating it would erase all of te information I have on it so I didn't do it. I tried plugging it into a different usb port and i tried plugging it into my other computer, which is a Sony with Window XP, and it still didn't work. The computer I'm using is a Hp with Windows XP.

I downloaded a program called Test Disk which is made to find damaged partitions and read the drive. The harddrive has no partitions though, its just one big drive. I had the program display the list on the drive and all the folders and files appear to still be on the hard drive. The TestDisk program also came with a data recovery program. I started using it to recover the files, it estimated about 16 hours to move the files. After about 1 hr 40 min., I stopped it. It had recovered 366 files, all music files except for 2, but when I looked at the folder it was putting the files in, all the file names had been changes to f########. This wouldn't really be that big of a deal for my pictures, but I also have hundreds of cds worth of music on there, and more importantly, I make music in a sequencing program, and I use this hard drive to keep all my audio samples in. Without the folders and filenames, all of my samples are useless.

I think I know what caused the problem. I usually turn off the hard drive when I'm done with it and I didn't know that I'm suposed to click the little button in the bottom right of the screen before turning off the drive. I found the problem at Seagate's help site:
http://seagate.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/seagate.cfg/php/enduser/popup_adp.php?p_faqid=2526
It tells what can cause the problem, and what to do to keep it from happening again, but it does not tell how to fix it. I'm basically looking for a program that will read the hard drive and allow me to copy all the files and folders to a different hard drive without losing the names and folders. I don't really wanna spend a lot of money for this, but I need the files so I'm hoping for something as cheap as possible but whatever will work. Any suggestions?
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roctanberg
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I have the same problem so I put the hard drive in the computer as a slave drive and now have access to it.
I still don't know why when I remove a working drive from a computer and put it in a USB external case it says Drive Not Formatted, this never used to happen just recently why ??? and it happens on any computer I have and I have 6.

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user_786
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Learn how to fix the Hard Drive not formatted error easily ,here

http://www.brighthub.com/computing/hardware/articles/82893.aspx

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OH Smeg
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2007 I very much doubt that your answer will get any sort of response.

Col

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hi

mavzkie123
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I have the same problem....im using my external hard disk for maybe about a year...but when i used it yesterday...it tells me that "disk not formated"...i was freak out cause all of my VERY important files are there...please help us...i need all of those files...

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Charles Bundy
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not a media issue. Have you tried a different USB port? Can you extract the drive from the case and bypass the USB interface? I'm wondering if bits are getting glitched in translation...

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The OP gave up 5 years ago, or has since paid someone to recover
their files. Zombies should not be awakened.

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Charles Bundy
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Thx wiz, I usually check the OP post date but got suckered in by it appearing in the "new and shiny" bar under TR. <sigh>

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paventhan89
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Use Hiren Boot CD for Formatting your HDD and Do the Zero Level Formatting for your HDD, better if you do more than 4 Pass.

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The OP gave up 5 years ago, or has since paid someone to recover
their files. Zombies should not be awakened.
Also, the OP did not want to lose their data...