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By berniemaf ·
I had a Maxtor 40gig which was my slave drive. I just restarted pc then when i try to open the drive, it gave me an error saying "Drive is not formated" So what should i do?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Hard Drive Gone

Well by the sounds of things BIOS is seeing the drive but Windows isn't seeing a formatted drive so you could have a problem particuarly if you have important data on it that hasn't been backed up some where else.

Look in Device Manager under Disc Drives and see what the OS is telling you about this HDD. If it shows up as unformatted get a copy of the drive makers testing utility and test the drive these are generally bootable Floppies but can be different depending on the drive maker.

If the Drive passes as OK you will need to consider what you want to do and if you want to spend money recovering any data that was on it. If you do there are several options available to you but they all require you to perform the recovery differently so you'll need to follow their directions but Always Remember Never To Save Data to the Drive that you are Recovering it from as you run the risk of overwriting other data and making it much harder to recover all of your data.

The data recovery programs available are as follows

http://tinyurl.com/6vef4

http://tinyurl.com/rmvrv

http://tinyurl.com/r4oyz

http://tinyurl.com/pjmx8

http://tinyurl.com/70lc

http://tinyurl.com/djw6u

http://tinyurl.com/pxh3t

http://tinyurl.com/mbwfq

http://tinyurl.com/4oeqa

Each has its advantages and disadvantages and yopu'll need to find out which one suits you best though the one from On Track is fast Simple to use but Expensive. X Ways has 2 products available Win Hex which should only ever be used by someone expert in Hex and Davory which is the easy version to use and is fairly cheap as well though it is slow to recover foiles.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

Don't know how that double post happened but if there is no data that you want to recover from that HDD you can always reformat it in the Disk Managment of the Computer Managment section.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Hard Drive Gone

Well by the sounds of things BIOS is seeing the drive but Windows isn't seeing a formatted drive so you could have a problem particuarly if you have important data on it that hasn't been backed up some where else.

Look in Device Manager under Disc Drives and see what the OS is telling you about this HDD. If it shows up as unformatted get a copy of the drive makers testing utility and test the drive these are generally bootable Floppies but can be different depending on the drive maker.

If the Drive passes as OK you will need to consider what you want to do and if you want to spend money recovering any data that was on it. If you do there are several options available to you but they all require you to perform the recovery differently so you'll need to follow their directions but Always Remember Never To Save Data to the Drive that you are Recovering it from as you run the risk of overwriting other data and making it much harder to recover all of your data.

The data recovery programs available are as follows

http://tinyurl.com/6vef4

http://tinyurl.com/rmvrv

http://tinyurl.com/r4oyz

http://tinyurl.com/pjmx8

http://tinyurl.com/70lc

http://tinyurl.com/djw6u

http://tinyurl.com/pxh3t

http://tinyurl.com/mbwfq

http://tinyurl.com/4oeqa

Each has its advantages and disadvantages and yopu'll need to find out which one suits you best though the one from On Track is fast Simple to use but Expensive. X Ways has 2 products available Win Hex which should only ever be used by someone expert in Hex and Davory which is the easy version to use and is fairly cheap as well though it is slow to recover files.

Col

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by ptulskie In reply to Hard Drive Gone

Try putting it into another machine and see if you can retrieve data off the drive - or - try running a check disk on the drive.

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