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Unread 27-09-2013, 03:20 AM   #1
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Can you help me to get back these files without formatting?

I have an external 1TB external hard drive that has got some problems recently. Every time I attempt to open it on my Windows XP computer, a strange message will pop out and asks me to format it before using. But, this drive has held some valuable files for me. So, I can’t simply format it and erase them all. Do you know what’s wrong with this drive? I have never encountered this problem before. So, can you help me to get back these files without formatting? Help me, please!

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Re: Can you help me to get back these files without formatting?

Do you remember what you’ve done to this external hard drive last time?

As I know, the dread “drive not formatted” error message generally indicates hard disk problems. This can occur for many different reasons including a computer virus, rudely extraction, hard drive problem, power surge, or problems with the operating system. If you receive this type of error message, it is important that you act carefully to keep your important data safe:

1. Do NOT click "yes" to format the drive in case that the formatting process makes things worse.

2. Do NOT attempt to write anything new on this hard drive in case of any data loss.

3. Download data recovery software to help you. There are many data recovery tools out there. But, no all of them could be efficient and useful enough. You should pay much attention to opt for a proper one.

So, you are interested, you can firstly try some data recovery freeware available online that always work much more efficiently than some paid ones, such as Recuva, TestDisk and iCare Data Recovery Free, etc.

4. Do not save or back up all the restored data on the same phone in case of any data loss.

5. After the data recovery process, simply format this drive to see whether it can work functionally as before.

In the future, you should learn a lesson to be more careful about your data and always back it up well.
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Re: Can you help me to get back these files without formatting?

1. Since this is an external USB drive, what other machines has it been used on?
2. What other operating systems has it been used with?

Procedure:
1. Connect the drive to your machine.
2. Right-click on My Computer, select Manage, select Disk Management
3. After a few seconds, a list of the drives on your machine will appear
4. IF this drive shows up, it may be accompanied by a message asking you to initialize the drive. DO NOT DO THAT!
5. The only purpose for this exercise is to see if the system will recognize the drive.

Next go to:

Active@ File Recovery: advanced data recovery software

and download their free version. This version has a file size limit, so I hope you don't have large files on the drive. The paid version is unlimited. Once the software is installed and running, read the help material, and follow directions on recovering your files. DO NOT STORE THE RECOVERED FILES ON THE SAME DRIVE. I don't think the program will allow you to, anyway. Be VERY careful which drive you select. The instruction and help information for this program are very good. Read them.
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Do you remember what you’ve done to this external hard drive last time?

As I know, the dread “drive not formatted” error message generally indicates hard disk problems. This can occur for many different reasons including a computer virus, rudely extraction, hard drive problem, power surge, or problems with the operating system. If you receive this type of error message, it is important that you act carefully to keep your important data safe:

1. Do NOT click "yes" to format the drive in case that the formatting process makes things worse.

2. Do NOT attempt to write anything new on this hard drive in case of any data loss.

3. Download data recovery software to help you. There are many data recovery tools out there. But, no all of them could be efficient and useful enough. You should pay much attention to opt for a proper one.

So, you are interested, you can firstly try some data recovery freeware available online that always work much more efficiently than some paid ones, such as Recuva, TestDisk and iCare Data Recovery Free, etc.

4. Do not save or back up all the restored data on the same phone in case of any data loss.

5. After the data recovery process, simply format this drive to see whether it can work functionally as before.

In the future, you should learn a lesson to be more careful about your data and always back it up well.
Thank you for your nice help!
In fact, I really know nothing about the data recovery problem and don’t know what I should do in my case.
But, after reading your answers with detailed steps, I exactly know.
So, I followed your steps and tried your recommended data recovery freeware. They all work well and for free. Now, I have got back all your wanted data back.
Thank you very much!
Have a nice day!
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Excellent, and you're welcome. Be sure to BACK UP all of your data, at least weekly or whenever a major change is made, from now on. Get a USB external drive to do it on. It's a little expensive now but you'll thank me the next time this happens.

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