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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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OH Smeg
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No by default Windows only reads Windows Partitions. When you plug a External Drive or any Storage Device into a Windows Computer it needs a Windows Partition Type on it to be readable.

To get around this it's possible to install a piece of software that allows the Windows System to read different Partition Types. There are several of these but the most commonly used is Mac Disc

http://www.macdisk.com/mden.php

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KenMos
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Probably - have you tried Disk Management? In W7 (admin) right click My Computer, select Manage, then Storage, Disk Management and you will probably see your drive as an item in the list. Volume will be blank, but check in the Capacity column, If there, select the drive, right click the blank Volume, and select Change Drive letter, then choose accordingly. It should then appear as normal. I've got a drive that shows this behaviour every time I retrieve it from storage!
Hope this works for you (a no cost solution!).
Ken

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Healer
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Thanks!

I tried but it didn't fix it.

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the edidas
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So Healer, what have you tried from all the suggestions here so far? Have you been lucky in any way reviving it?

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Healer
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I have tried everything except buying a piece of data recovery software.

So far I have no luck.

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the edidas
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I have used Active@ UNDELETE and Active@ File Recovery with very good results in the past, give it a try... you can download a Demo for both and see if it reads your drive first. For more: http://www.file-recovery.net/products.htm

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AkJohnDye
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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
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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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Healer
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It seems to me there is no screw or fastener that holds the things together. I am not too sure how to open it.

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rj78
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you can use a minus screw to open it