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Accidentally formatted my external hard drive.. :\

Q: Accidentally formatted my external hard drive.. :\

I had 960/970GB full on it, and I accidentally overwrote it, trying to format my SD card, accidentally did my HDD..
Is there a way to 100% recover it? :\

Preferred Solution: Accidentally formatted my external hard drive.. :\

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

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You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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I accidentally deleted one my hard disk drive using "mini tool partition wizard"(still remained unallocated) , and immediately i selected partition recovery wizard in that software and scanned the entire hard disk and it showed the files exactly how they are in my formatted drive looks ..when i selected finish button it saying delete at-least one existing drive ...i selected ok then it showing my c drive empty and my deleted recovered drive , i have only two drives one is boot drive another one is which i deleted ...
i undid the process of this, in software ... and waiting for ur help ... to recover the data ..

A:I accidentally formatted my hard disk drive .....

Easeus Data Recovery Wizard is an excellent tool that you might want to consider.

File and data recovery software to unformat, undelete files. Recover deleted files and recover formatted disk or corrupt drives - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Piriform's Recuva is another good data recovery utility.


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I have a Lacie 1tb external hard drive. I have a lot of media on it and suddenly in use it stopped working. I then plugged it into my computer and it said that I had to reformat the hard drive. My other hard drive which had a backup of everything dropped and stopped working. However I really need this one to work and since it can still show up on the computer I was wondering if there was a way I could save it.

A:Formatted External hard drive needs to be formatted again?


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I'm not quite sure how but whilst I was formatting a usb stick with linux my external hard drive also seems to have been formatted at the same time. My computer doesn't even recognise it now as anything other than a usb pen drive with Linux on it and I can't get it to work as a hard drive again, any advice? The hard drive is a seagate 2TB external hard drive.

A:Formatted External hard drive

Format it again using linux but chose FAT32.

It is probably formatted as ext3, ext4 or some journalizing file type and windows can not see linux file systems.

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Hi Folks,
I am a new member to this Forum.
I ask your assistance or directions to software for recovery of data from a formatted hard drive.
I have a WD Passport 120G external storage disk and a Lexmark 512MB stick.
Well here is the problem, I was formatting the Lexmark stick and did format it, but it appears the WD was being formatted as well.
It shows no used space when I check the properties.....is all lost or is there software to recover this data.
Still hoping!!


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this may help

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I accidently formatted my external hard drive. Now whan my PC brings me to the destop the external hard drive is not aviliable.

How do I fix it.

A:I accidently formatted my external hard drive..

try formatting the hardrive again, by anychance were u formatting it then stopped cos you relised?

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I have an external hard drive form my old computer that had an operating system on it (Windows XP to be precise) and it has data. I'm trying to retrieve the data on that drive through a USB 2.0 external hard drive case.

Windows 7 is telling me it needs to be formatted, which is nonsense. What's going on?

Thank you so much

A:External hard drive needs to be formatted? No it doesn't!

What happens if you plug it into different computer?

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Guys i need help,,i accidentally dropped my hard drive its a 1tb buffalo hd-pntu3,,now when i go to disk management in my computer its showing up as disk 1 unknown allocated,,and when i try to initialize disk its greyed out!,,please i need help,, i have a lot of files on this drive,,please help!!

A:Accidentally Dropped External Hard Drive

It is probably corrupted, does it have a warranty? This happen to one of mine a couple months ago, it's pretty annoying. You have to keep these things in a safe spot lol.

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I need to recover from a formatted external hard drive - buffalo 160gb mini-station Turbo USB, FAT32. The formatted external hard drive has been partitioned into 2.

Is still possible to recover back the files?

On related problem - what is the best software to repair corrupted jpeg? using ulead photo explorer 7se, i managed to view the jpeg with full pixels but when I open the file, the picture displayed is only half and the other half is blank gray.

I have plenty of corrupted mov - is there any mov repairer out there?

Thank you thank you for your help and I really hope someone can kindly attend to my question this time.

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Here is the deal. My desktop crashed and needs a reinstall. It doesn't remain stable in safe mode long enough to copy all the data from C drive.

So I plan to use my laptop (Vista) to copy all the data off of desktop C drive onto another external disk using 2 external enclosures.

Put the C drive into a SATA external enclosure. All is well. Can see files, etc.

Plug in a Seagate 320GB hd in another external enclosure previously formatted under XP. Computer assigns drive letter, but when I got to explore the disk, Vista says it needs to be formatted. This disk is definitely formatted and has data on it.

Why does Vista not see this as a formatted drive? It sees the old desktop C drive just fine.

Any solutions before I reformat and lose all the data on this external?


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Hello there,
I had windows 10 backup on my 1TB WD external hard drive. My 1TB external hard drive was also having all my important files along with pictures and videos. I was using following the step given in this video : How to Install Windows 10 from a USB Flash Drive - YouTube.
After reboot, all my data/files/pics/videos on 1TB got deleted/formatted. When I plug in this hard drive again, it is showing only FAT 32 GB storage instead of showing 1TB. I went to manage and disk management, it is showing below info, which is showing 899.48 GB unallocated.
Can someone please help me how to get back all my deleted/formatted data/files/ics/videos ???

A:External Hard drive formatted / deleted while installing windows 10

Have you tried checking your primary drive for the windows.old folder? Assuming you chose either the "Keep my files" or the"Remove Everything" options instead of the "Restore Factory Settings" entry, then all of your old files should be stored there.

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Hi Everybody

Here is the scenario:

I was trying to remove the pre-installed Windows 8. I figured I should create a backup in case I ever have to go back to the piece of junk software. Anyway, I plugged-in my external hard drive to make the backup...

Here's the mess up:

It said 'formatting drive'. Within two seconds, I cancelled the operation and removed the hard drive.
Now, when I try to access it (tried on 3 other laptops), it just shows the Hard Drive as Recovery Disk with some 20MB data and total 30 GB space.
Disk management shows 890 GB unallocated space.
It's a seagate 1TB backup drive. There was nearly 500 GB of data on it.

Do I need to use some data recovery program or is there another way. I don't think an entire hard drive can be formatted in 2 seconds.

Can someone please help. I can't stress enough how important the data on the drive is to me.



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I'm not new to these forums, they've been very helpful to me just browsing through when I have problems. I am new however to signing up. What happened to my computer is, I kept getting the BSOD, I went into safe mode, removed the most recent programs I had installed, and it stopped happening. I then proceeded to plug in my external hard drive. It was not recognizing it for some reason, so I went to disk management. It was listed there, just without a drive letter. I tried to assign it a drive letter, and it gave me an error message saying something about refreshing the list, (this is the error message I should have researched), I tried refreshing the drive list, and tried reassigning the drive letter, same message. I right clicked on the drive again, and I saw mark as active. For some stupid reason, I clicked on this. Then seeing that it didn't do anything, I thought maybe restarting the computer would maybe do the trick. Now my computer won't boot. It gets to the windows logo, and boom, restarts all over again. I tried many things like, startup repair, system restore, marking partition as active CMD, with diskpart, I also tried some of the commands in bootrec.exe. By the way, if this helps at all, my hard drive is a solid state drive, I also have a slave drive in there which does also have a copy of windows installed on it, (it was my old hard drive), I tried setting that as my primary boot and it boots into my old install of windows, before i got my... Read more

A:Had BSOD, fixed that, accidentally set external hard drive as active

Unplug external, boot into System Recovery Options Command Line to Mark Partition Active on the 100mb System Reserved (preferred if you have it) or C partition. If it won't start run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to repair or rewrite the System boot files.

Once it boots, plug in the external to Mark Partition as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums.
Then run a Disk Check. If it fails run Partition Wizard Check File System and Partition Wizard Partition surface test.

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I may need some help
See, my little brother accidentally formatted an encrypted partition of my HDD (Disk drive D: 100 GB to be exact) which contained really important data that I need back! It had all of my photographs from the past 5 years (which I was too lazy to back up on cloud storage).
Would this help me recover the lost data? I do have the password and the recovery key. I hope this works

A:Accidentally Formatted Bit-Locker Encrypted Drive!

Hello Riley, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Since it was formatted and not just deleted, it may not be as recoverable. Especially since it was encrypted with BitLocker. You might see if you may be able to recovery the partition using the method in the tutorial below.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

Hope this helps,

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so, i have 2 hard drives. a 500 gb one with windows 7, and a 1 tb one with ubuntu. i never use ubuntu. i booted ubuntu from a flash drive to erase the 1 tb hdd and make it ntfs so windows could use it, but strangely there were 3 approx 500 gb partitions on the 1 tb drive. so i quick formatted all of them.( wanting to get rid of ubuntu) and now i cant boot into windows. i set the boot priority to the windows disk, and even unplugged the linux disk, but it gives "error: no such device a bunch of code, then grub rescue. sooo... did i just format the drive? if so its not a huge deal... but is there anyway i can get my stuff back? it was just a quick format, it was finished in 2 seconds. otherwise ill use my recovery disks. but itd be great if i could somehow save this one or at minimum get some of my data off it.

A:accidentally quick formatted drive? can it be recovered?

When you delete Ubunutu you deleted the Grub Boot loader,which booted both Windows 7 and Ubuntu.
To repair Windows 7 boot off of the Windows 7 DVD and choose Repair Your Computer. If that fails, it will take you to the RE (Recovery Environment) Here choose Command Prompt. Follow these instructions:
At command prompt (x: sources) type:-
bcdedit find “osdevice” (Must inc”) (press enter).

Now use the returned as the drive letter for OS assume C:
At the X:\Sources prompt, type:- bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup and press enter, next:-

Type:- c: and press enter

At the C:\ prompt, type:- cd boot and press enter

At the C:\Boot prompt, type:- attrib bcd -s -h -r and press enter
At the C:\Boot prompt, type:- ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old and press enter

At the C:\Boot prompt, type:- bootrec /rebuildbcd and press enter

The Boot Configuration File will be rebuilt at this point. Once it finishes, type exit and press enter. Click the Restart button

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Can anyone please help? While attempting to restore my computer I accidentally formatted my partition and now it doesn't even let me boot up. And I cant "Upgrade: Install windows and keep files, settings, and applications" because I have to "Remove the installation media and restart my computer so that Windows starts normally." The error message I am getting when trying to boot up normally is "An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system. Press any key to restart". What I did was clicked Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) clicked on Drive 0 Partition 1(system) and clicked format. I am willing to reinstall windows if any way possible.
Thank you for your time and I hope you can help!

-Cyberpower PC
-Windows 8.1 64bit

A:Accidentally Formatted my Drive 0 Partition 1 (system)

Originally Posted by ad84555

Can anyone please help? While attempting to restore my computer I accidentally formatted my partition and now it doesn't even let me boot up. And I cant "Upgrade: Install windows and keep files, settings, and applications" because I have to "Remove the installation media and restart my computer so that Windows starts normally." The error message I am getting when trying to boot up normally is "An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system. Press any key to restart". What I did was clicked Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) clicked on Drive 0 Partition 1(system) and clicked format. I am willing to reinstall windows if any way possible.
Thank you for your time and I hope you can help!

-Cyberpower PC
-Windows 8.1 64bit

Hi ad84555! Welcome to EightForums!

Try this:
Open your case, (hopefully you have a desktop PC), and carefully unplug all hard drives.
Boot to your installation media, and when you get to the following window, carefully plug in the desired hard drive then click the 'Refresh' button in the window,
then hopefully the drive will show.

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I just put about 25 gigs of data on this drive. It's an 80 gig drive and has about 20 gigs of space left on it before it's full. Out of all the files I cut and pasted over it got stuck on this last ISO file.. it refused to move this file.. so i stopped the move operation, and rebooted. I never had any trouble with this drive. It's a drive that is hooked up via a USB port. On reboot, to try to copy or move the file again, Windows tells me this drive cannot be accessed and needs to be formatted before it can be used.

That's not an option, or I'll lose tons of months worth of data. The drive is pretty warm.. I'm letting it cool down to try again, but i cant see any reason why this drive could have been damaged just moving files to it.

Any ideas of other reasons why windows might erroneously fail to detect the drive properly and give me this error?

A:External hard drive suddenly "needs to be formatted" after a reboot

Hello mate, perhaps checking the HDD will tell you something.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities

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Windows XP PC is extremely sluggish and makes a loud whirring noise, so bought a Seagate external hard drive. I inadvertantly moved the "my documents" folder on to it and now cannot open the folder without the hard drive plugged in. how do I move it back to its original home? It hasn't exactly stopped the extremely slow way the PC opens any file or even surfing the net. Please help!

A:Solved: accidentally moved "my documents" folder to external hard drive

Restore the My Documents Folder to Its Default Location
To restore the My Documents folder to its default location, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then point to My Documents.
Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.
Click Restore Default, and then click OK.
In the Move Documents box, click Yes to move your documents to the new location, or click No to leave your documents in the original location.
Let me know if that works.

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Hello everyone!
I know someone posted a very similar case some years ago but I still haven't found a solution - so I opened the topic.

I currently have the folowing problem and I hope someone could help me:

I wanted to format a microSD card using Fat32Formatter.

Accidentaly - the wrong drive was selected (my running SSD Drive with Windows) and after i clicked "initialize drive" the Laptop crashed: Bluescreen etc.

Restarting the PC doesn't help - no drive is found.

In my experience "initializing drive" doesn' format it, but it makes the drive space "unallocated"

Someone posted in another Forum that he managed to get his system back running with testdisk after the same problem so here I am.

Assuming I just have to create a partition Table, I created a bootable USB.

Testdisk doesn't find any recoverable partitions in the quick search, but in the Deeper search.
I actually have only one partition and testdisk is finding more that one and I am not sure which one to select.

so I just tryied it :writing the partition table. I tryied this procedure a couple of times but now I get annother error:

I don't get the error 'no drive found "
when starting, the Windows Bluescreen is reporting that windows needs to be repaired and I would need to insert the Windows CD/USB in order to start the Windows repair process.

So - before I make any more damaged I figured maybe someone can give me some usefull advice: maybe which partition to select or if ... Read more

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Hi everyone
I'm new here and even though i have been reading a lot of usueful threads , i couldn't solve my problem at all.

Well i have an external HDD Iomega 2Tb , that after a while stopped to work entirely.
At first i would get "corrupted data " messages on windows 7, but now i can't access any of its content, even though as soon as i connect it to my pc it DOES get recognized and has a letter assigned, but i just can't do anything on it.

I tried formatting it via windows but the proccess fails before even starting( it looks like any pc i connect it to, detect it at first(like a couple of seconds) but then its connection goes off even though its usb cable is perfect and i also tried connecting with several different cables just to be sure.

Then i used several programs, like "hard disk low level format tool" which as soon as i start the formatting process gives error strings and doesn't even start the process at all( remains stuck at 0%)

I also tried to use "Hard disk sentinel" program which gives it a status of 0% health and suggests me to back its data up. Too bad i just can't access it at all. it also states "REALLOCATED SECTORS COUNT"

I tried booting my pc with gparted and seeing if it could somehow formatting it and assign a new partition but it's like each program can access for a very short amount of time( the hdd led blinks as well) then it can't be accessed anymore and "gets lost" (its led stops b... Read more

A:External Hard disk Iomega 2 Tb recognized by pc but can't be formatted

Welcome to SF gabriel,

I would double check the connection by trying another USB port and changing the cable and let us know if that helps.

Sorry you tried different cables I see, does the drive show up in the bios? Does the drive have an alternate connection like esata or firewire you could try?

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I just purchased a 320gb seagate hard disk with casing X-craft cooler master a month ago. I made two partition. I already used up 60% space of the hard disk.

Now, when i plug in my external hdd, the hdd not detected. But after try plug in and out for a few times. Windows require me to format in order to use the disk drive.

i. What should i do now?
ii. is the hard disk spoilt?
iii. should i (re)format the hard disk?

NOW my laptop no longer detect my external hard disk. THE BLUE LED AND SOUND from casing is PRESENT, but nothing detected in My Computer.

A:Formatted external hard disk require format?

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I was working with two drives and mixed them up on a format. What is on the drive isn't essential, but it would be nice to see what was lost, so I can go from there. Can anyone recommend a way to get it back? It just happened and I haven't put anything else on the drive since it happened. Hit Quick Format, and stopped the formatting about 10 seconds into it, sucks, but what can you do? Be more careful next time, right? Any suggestions?

A:Formatted an external drive, now how do I get it back?

Quote: Originally Posted by netrate

I was working with two drives and mixed them up on a format. What is on the drive isn't essential, but it would be nice to see what was lost, so I can go from there. Can anyone recommend a way to get it back? It just happened and I haven't put anything else on the drive since it happened. Hit Quick Format, and stopped the formatting about 10 seconds into it, sucks, but what can you do? Be more careful next time, right? Any suggestions?

Unformat Freeware: Free unformat hard drive. Unerase unformat data recovery software. Unformat step by step data recovery instructions.

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Is there any concern for using NTFS formatted drives in an external USB drive where it may be used on multiple computers? I recently got a new Hitachi external drive and it came formatted as FAT32. Putting disk images on it with tools such as Terabyte's Image for Windows is a problem.


A:NTFS Formatted External Drive

NTFS will work fine on an external. The only issues you could have is if you try to use it on another computer that either does not run windows or is an earlier version that does not support NTFS.

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Sir/Madam,I accidently formatted my HP px3100 1TB External Portable Drive. Now I want to create the backup but it Doesn't Have the HP SimpleSave.exe file that I used to create backup. So please send me that software as soon as possible.ps: my mail id is: [email protected] you

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Hello, I have a 750Gb external drive that was originally NTFS. Windows shows it as 698Gb. I formatted it to fat32 yesterday, and now windows reads it as 185Gb. In disk manager, as you can see in the screenshot link (from remote desktop) that I have below, disk manager shows the whole drive as one partition that's 698Gb. However, disk manager says in the list of disks above the partitions that the capacity is 185Gb.


Why is this happening? Is the 698 or 185 correct?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

A:Space on a fat32 formatted external drive

Fat32 partition size is limited to 32GB but there's a runaround. How To Format A Large Hard Drive With Either FAT Or FAT32

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I recently reformatted my work computer. It is a Dell XPS and it is running Microsoft Vista Ultimate. I have saved my recovery point on a external hard drive. Though after reformatting my computer. Vista is telling me that it can not find a recovery point. What should I do?

Thank you,

A:re-formatted computer recovery is on external drive

What application did you use to back up the system drive or create a recovery point for it?

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We have multiple SSD that we use for video shoots and connect to our computers with Thermal Take Black X Docks. Yesterday I formatted one drive (called SSD3) and removed it from the dock. I then inserted another drive (Should be called SSD2) and it gave me an error saying the drive file system was damaged or corrupt. It was calling the drive SSD3 and showing the fresh formatted file system that was on SSD3. For some reason it still thought it was the other drive and now seems to have rewritted the header info or something, because now even if I try and connect it to another computer using a different dock it still reads it as SSD3. And it thinks it has been formatted. I need the video files off of the drive. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks everyone.

A:External SSD Drive Error, thinks it was formatted

software: recover my files
ssds are a bad idea for video, you'll want to have a look at HDD raid with hardware controllers (LSI, Areca).

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Misread the drive label and deleted the partition on an USB external 80GB SATA drive. Nothing else has been done to the drive.

I did this when using Macrium Reflect Rescue disc.

I know I've seen mention of a program that can recover the partition table but I've not found it yet.

I tried EASUS Data Recovery Wizard but that didn't do it. I thought maybe Paragon had something but I've not had any luck so far. Any help appreciated. Thanks

A:Accidentally deleted partition on external drive

Hey Rich,

You might see if either one of the options in the tutorial below may be able to recover the deleted partition for you.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

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Hi, I accidentally deleted the volume on my 3rd hard drive and now my Windows Vista PC won't even recognize the drive. How can I fix this?

The problem started when I put my old Barracuda 160 gig drive in a usb external case and couldn't get it to work until I put the jumpers on 7-8. The problem was, it was asking me to format the drive which was full of files which I wanted to retrieve. Through a series of now obvious mistakes, I first shrunk the volume backwards, I meant to shrink only 50 MB but deleted all but 50 MB and then stupidly deleted the entire volume.

What I need now is to at least be able to have my PC recognize the drive again and to be able to restore the full volume but would ideally like to still be able to retrieve the data, if that's even possible at this point. Also, why does, or did my computer only recognize this drive in the 7-8 jumper configuration? Any help would be greatly appreciated.



A:I accidentally deleted the volume on an external drive

Hello Tony, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if the method in the tutorial below may be able to work for this as well to recover it.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

Hope this helps,

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My external hard drive (2TB Toshiba USB 3.0) with BitLocker To Go encryption was accidentally formatted using Windows ?Quick Format? option.  My PC is running Windows 7 Home Premium.

I do have the following details in relation to the BitLocker encryption for this drive;
- BitLocker Recovery Key
- Full Recovery Key Identification
- BitLocker Password

Is there any way to restore the external drive to the ?pre-format? state so that I can recover/access the data?

The drive is in a good health, ? always removed safely by ejecting from notification area and chkdsk has no errors, ? unfortunately data wasn?t backed up as I was in process of migrating to new PC and accidentally deleted the master back-up .

Any help or suggestions would be greatly welcomed.

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I had a DVD recorder with internal HDD (Nortek, ndvx hd 160 p).
It was repaired once, but the second time it stopped working, the repairer said the vendor didn't longer provide spare parts.
I asked him to give me the HDD back as I had downloaded tons of home made movie of
my kids from a videocamera.
I bought a logilink bridge (USB2.0 to IDE & SATA) and I expected to see it as an external drive once collected to the PC.
Actually the tool seems to work fine but I do not see any drive.
I found on the web few information about how files are stored on that recorder, they used FAT32 file system.

On a previous thread "Windows 7 unable to read external drive formatted FAT32"
there is a nice procedure from user "balak46", last point is:
"4. Start ->Mycomputer->Rightclick-> Manage ->System->diskmanage.
See if your drive shows up without a letter. Assign a letter and it will work."
Actually my external drive shows up without a letter, but how can I assign one to it?


A:How to read FAT32 formatted external drive on Windows 7?

Right click the drive in Disk Management to assign it a letter.

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Hey folks,

I just reformatted a 350gig external hard drive as exFat so as to be able to use it with both Windows at home as well as Mac's - but now it seems my laptop does not read the drive ie I can't see it in MyComputer - although I can still safely remove for some reason.

I should possibly add that it seemed to take a seriously long time to format, around 5-6 hours I would say.

Any help at all would be MUCH appreciated! I can't use it for any purpose at the moment...

Many thanks,
Darkhorse Harrison

A:Formatted External HD as exFat - Windows does not read drive...

You did not say whether you formatted it to exFAT on a Mac or Windows machine. From what I have read ( I do not have a Mac) if you had formatted it on your Mac, you should choose MBR as the partition scheme and not UUID. Windows does not like UUID.

Not sure whether this info helps.

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I have an external drive that was formatted FAT32 which I have been using with my XP laptop for the past year. I have data on it that I want to transfer to my Windows 7 laptop. However, as soon as I connect it to my Windows 7 laptop, it comes up with a message saying "You need to format the disk before you can use it. Do you want to format it?" I assumed that Windows 7 was unable to read the drive because it was FAT32, so I connected it back to my XP laptop and ran the conversion: CONVERT E: /FS:NTFS - The conversion completed successfully and I connected the drive back to my Windows 7 laptop. But it still came up with the same message that the drive needs to be formatted. Does anyone know what the problem could be?

A:Windows 7 unable to read external drive formatted FAT32

What I would do, is format the drive using Windows 7 then copy the files with your XP then copy them over to your 7. Windows 7 uses NTFS system while XP can use both so if the drive is formatted with 7 then XP can backwards convert it. Windows 7 kinda sucks when it comes to accessing drives. I don't know why they did that but oh well.....

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I use Cobian Backup to produce a zip-file containing all files and folders, except for temporary-folders (I added an exclude-filter), of my system.

Before I can rely on this method, I need to find a way of restoring the 27 gb zip-file, which I store on a networked drive, easily.

Google-searches hasn't helped me yet, so I am trying out TSGF, warmly recommended to do so by a friend.

So: Is there an easy way of booting up a laptop with a formatted harddrive, be able to access a network-drive and extract all the contents of the networked zip-file to the hard drive?

Please help!

Any tips appriciated!

A:How to restore formatted hard drive from zip-file residing on network-drive

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Ok folks I accidentally reformatted my 3 TB drive with the USB drive formatter(dont ask how I did that)
I used EASUS recovery program, I utilized the middle setting but the files came up as lost files in no particular order. Is the any program out there where I can just reverse the format that I did and recover my files in their original file structure?
I now have the EASUS Partition recovery doing a scan,,,,,maybe it wil set my file structure back up the way it was.
I however have all my image files recovered but they are in a "lost files" folder and are just listed willy nilly. and there is 400 gigabytes of those to peruse through......it sux
I have yet to write any data on that HD and I refuse to until I can get this straightened up....too bad there isn't a program that just reverses the reformat mistake I made

A:Help! accidentally reformatted external drive!Need good file recovery!

No, no such program exists. Give Recuva a try. I've had good success with it.

If that doesn't do it then you would need to contact a professional data recovery firm which is not cheap.

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Hi there,

I won't get too deeply into the harrowing saga of how two external hard drives of mine died within days of each other. Rather, I'll just say that I would like to do a virus scan on several external hard drives (including/especially the one I just got to replace the others). In other words, I want to find out if there was a virus or something in the material that I'm putting on the hard drives that makes them die. Could this be possible? If so, how can I conduct a virus scan specifically on the external drives?


A:Scanning an external hard drive for viruses? External Hard drive DRAMA!

In My Computer . . right click the external drive and select Scan with { name of AV }

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Hi. My laptop is Acer with Windows 7 home premium 64 bit OS.
It contain only 1 single partition disk that is c drive only.
Recently, i accidentally convert the c drive which contain OS into dynamic disk.
After i restart the laptop, it shows the following:
BootMgr is missing
Please press Alt, Ctrl +del to restart
Now, i not able to enter the window. I am so worry because my important data is kept inside the hard disk, and i still not yet do any back up copy on it.
I searching on this forum and learnt that i need a window 7 installation disk to repair it, but my problem is the computer dealer not give me any windows 7 installation disk when i baught this laptop as their said all the driver and windows program already kept in side the harddisk.
Any help are much appreciated...

I tried to remove the laptop hardisk which is a 500GB toshiba SATA hardisk. Then, i use the other laptop with Windows XP professional with the intention to copy yhe file inside the toshiba hard disk.

However, after plugged in the hard disk to the other laptop, under the disk management, it shows that the toshiba disk as : dynamic disk, unreadable.
So, i having problem to backup the data inside the toshiba hard disk.....

A:Accidentally changed hard drive with OS to dynamic drive.startup fail.

Hello Yee, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look at Option Four in the tutorial at the link below to see if the "Set Partition as Primary" option is available; there's also a link in the same tutorial for the info on creating a Windows recovery disk.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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Hello eightforums, I accidentally formatted my 1TB internal NTFS hard drive today while battling with a dual boot system. What is worse I dropped and broke my back up hard drive 2 days ago.

I am now completely dataless and have lost all my photos documents and videos since 2006

I formatted using the Windows 8 disk CMD Prompt, diskpart, self vol 2, clean (and poof whole hdd formatted not just the partition) but luckily I immediately turned off my PC to protect what it had left.

Can anyone guide me through a way to recover data from the unallocated space on my internal hard drive, without walking over what is left (maybe a live boot cd that is good for this tasks?).

Should I make an image of this hard drive onto my friends 1TB hard drive. I know that whatever I do I must not override the empty spaces on the formatted hard disk until I salvage everything I can.

Please help I don't want to make another mistake and never get anything back. My back up HDD has had the click of death over the last 2 days and is not detectable with any cables or cases I have used.

A:Accidentally formatted everything!

Recover Files from Formatted Hard Drive and Partition.

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Hi Guys,

I made a really stupid mistake yesterday. I got a new 250Gb SATA HDD to replace my old IDE which I have had for a while. Before installing Windows XP Pro on my new SATA HDD I backed up all my data onto my external 250Gb USB drive (about 160Gb of data I have collected over about 6 year including family photo's etc). After a successful backup process I opened the computer and stuck in the new SATA HDD, put my XP disc in the drive and booted up the XP installation. Then came the screen asking me which drive do I want to install Windows XP onto, so I picked my 250Gb drive, then XP went onto format the drive before completing the installation.

At this point I was rather pleased with myself, having had no problems and everything was running smoothly. Then it hit my. DAMN!!! I HAD JUST FORMATTED MY EXTERNAL USB DRIVE WITH ALL MY DATA ON!!! I had choosen the wrong drive for the XP installation.

Anyway to cut a very long story short. I have now got XP installed on the correct drive, but is there any way I can recover the data on my USD drive that the XP installation formatted for me???

If anyone out there can help my I would be so greatful, because this data is invaluable to me.

Thank for any help in advance guys.

A:Accidentally Formatted HDD

There is a program called Restoration and one called Recuva. Both are free and are designed to recover deleted files. There are other programs available that may do a better job, but they will definately not be free.

I recommend you remove the harddrive from your system until you are ready to recover the files lest you accidently write over some important data.

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I bought a verbatim 2.5 mobile hard drive usb 500gb (62873) 2 days ago. I was transferring files onto it running XP no problems. When I turned it on the next time says not formatted and slows my pc right down. Have tried reconnecting several times. Very weird I guess I can reformat as long as my freind hasn't deleted the files I just copied. This should not happen with a new hard drive. Can someone help me out here? I just bought this drive because my other wd external died after less than a year!

A:2 Day old hard drive says not formatted

I guess I can reformat as long as my freind hasn't deleted the files I just copiedClick to expand...

First of all data you do not backup is data you do not care about. All drives will fail, it is only a question of when your drive will fail.

Next external drives are just not as reliable as an internal drive. This is for a number of reasons;
1 Heat. External drives that do not have their own cooling fan are NOT made for continuous duty. They are made to switch ON and backup what you want then switch OFF.
2 The extra interface ie the usb/firewire interface. It adds something else to fail.

If you are having problems with a 2 day old drive, return it and get another one.

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So I just installed a new Hard  Drive, installed Windows, downloaded all the drivers from HP but my wifi radio switch on the keyboard won't work so I can not use wifi. Also all the drivers for the LAN and Ethernet are installed but a Ethernet connection doesn't work either? Plz help! Thank you! -Jesse H. 

A:New hard drive formatted but....plz help!

Need full model number and Windows version. Drivers are going to depend on the exact hardware and the Windows version so we need to know thise things to find your drivers. 

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I went and did a stupid thing. I formatted my hard drive and now I can't find the cdrom to reinstall windows. I am booting up from a: As it boots up it recognizes the cdrom and it says "Primary Slave disk: CDROM Mode 3. If I can get it to find the CDROM, and reinstall windows, I can get it to boot from C: -- correct? I already went into the BIOS and the cdrom is not listed there. But if I list the CDROM then it doesn't boot from a: and it won't boot from C: Please help me.

A:Help! I've formatted my hard drive! Now what?

After you boot from the startup disk, can you type C: and hit enter, do you get to the c prompt.
As far as the rest, bootup with a win98 startup disk, at the menu choose with cdrom support. Once done your cdrom should be available but the drive letter will be one higher than it normally is, so if it was D it will now be E.

If you don't have a win98 startup disk go to http://www.bootdisk.com and download one.

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I'm sure this is gonna sound silly to you pro's, but:

I just got a used hard drive that I'm going to use as a replacement for my small one. After I physically install it, I plan to boot from my Win98SE CD. But I don't know if this drive has been formatted. How can I tell?

Also, if I have to format it, what's the difference between running fdisk and simply typing format c: after bootup in DOS?

A:How can I tell if a used HARD DRIVE is FORMATTED?

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Hey u guys.

I had a virus on my laptop. So as advised I formatted the c:drive, soon afta I did that I was advised to bak my stuff up photo, music etc!! So now I've lost my stuff but still got my os. So is there neway to self restore my things?


A:Re formatted hard drive

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Hey u guys.

I had a virus on my laptop. So as advised I formatted the c:drive, soon afta I did that I was advised to bak my stuff up photo, music etc!! So now I've lost my stuff but still got my os. So is there neway to self restore my things?


A:Re formatted hard drive!

Closing duplicate. Please do not start more than one thread for the same issue.

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Hi, I thought i could fix my kid's computer problems by formatting the hard drive and then simply re-install xp using my xp home disk. However, when the computer boots from the cd-rom and starts the setup it tells me "set up can not find a previous version of windows installed on this computer." and then asks me to put a windows disk ie. 98/me. I couldn't find my original me disk and all of the boot disk download cites i've found are for floppy disks, the problem is none of my computers have a floppy drive. Is there somewhere i can go to download them on cd or am I beyond help.

A:formatted hard drive

Floppy disk wouldn't help you anyway, the update install needs to see another copy of Windows, and I didn't say it had to be yours now did I?

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