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Cant open external hard drive

By Ablaze7 ·
every time i open the drive it keeps saying to format the drive,
for sure i don't want to that.

How can i access my files without formatting the drive?

its a seagate external drive


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It's either damaged or has a filesystem unreadably by your OS.

by seanferd In reply to Cant open external hard d ...

If you have been using this previously, then the drive's filesystem is corrupted. Did you disconnect it without stopping the drive first (e.g., Safely Remove Hardware in Windows)?

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Damaged FAT File on drive.

by Thmiuatga In reply to Cant open external hard d ...

Actually you are being asked if you want the drive to be formatted. The system is not reading the data which tells me that the FAT (File Allocation Table) is damaged. There is a program I use for this called Zero Assumption Recovery that is used to scan and recover the data. The result is much better if your data is contained in folders and I hope yours is. Even if you had formatted the drive, you could still recover the data by using this program. The trial version will allow the recovery of 4 folders at a time but the purchased version gives you full unrestricted recovery. Good Luck!

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