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    this drive is not formatted


    by nimocen ·

    hello there…i have a problem with my 1TB seagate external hard drive, it was working fine but all of a sudden it’s giving me this error and i can’t open it. it appears in My Computer as drive G: but it won’t open, if right click on it and check on properties it says all the dis space had been used and it’s RAW… ive been trying to use TestDisk but it’s giving the choices since it’s not’s just a one whole drive..kindly help me..thank you..

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      When you use any External Drive with Windows

      by oh smeg ·

      In reply to this drive is not formatted

      You need to use the Safely Remove Option to dismount it before unplugging it or turning off the computer. You [b]Should Never[/b] leave any external Drive plugged in 100% of the time as it’s not designed for this and is not properly dismounted when you turn off the Computer as well as taking a Voltage Spike when you turn the computer on.

      If you do not correctly plug & unplug the External Drives they fail because of numerous reasons but the most likely is that it’s gets it’s Partition Information Corrupted and the Master Boot Records become unreadable to the computer.

      When this happens you can try the [b]chkdsk /r[/b] option and see if that works but if it doesn’t and you have Important Information on the drive that must be recovered you should send it to a Data Recovery Specialist and do [b]Absolutely Nothing[/b] tot he drive. The more that you do the harder it’s going to be to recover the data as well as making things considerably more expensive in the process.

      However if it would only be nice to recover the data you can try one of the many Data Recovery programs available. A short list is here

      While the last 2 are from the same company they are very different products. Win Hex should only be considered foe use by someone who knows Hex Inside Out while Davory is a great cheap General Purpose Application.

      Personally I prefer the On Track Option but it’s anything but cheap. However because I use this type of software a lot it’s paid for itself many times over by now, for a cheaper option Spin Rite from Gibson Research or Stella have both very good reputations by other TR members.


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