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SATA USB Adapter With Macbook Formatted Hard Drive

Q: SATA USB Adapter With Macbook Formatted Hard Drive

Hello all,
I am trying to access my wife's macbook hard drive via my Windows computer using the Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter. The Apple techs said they could not get the drive to register when they hooked it up. However, we gave it a good drying with blow dryer.

The adapter works fine and all the correct drivers installed.

I am in disk management and the 250GB drive seems to be showing up. However, it is not showing up in My Computer and right click shows "assign a letter" is grayed out.

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Preferred Solution: SATA USB Adapter With Macbook Formatted Hard Drive

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: SATA USB Adapter With Macbook Formatted Hard Drive

You are going to need a utility like MacDrive
to read the files. About all you can do directly from the windows management in this instance is format the drive. (which would result in the complete loss of data on the drive)

Also if any of the apparent moisture involved got inside the housing it's very possible the data is damaged beyond recovery. Since hard drives save data to the disk by creating what is essentially rust (iron oxide) manipulated magnetically on the surface.

There is likely a free utility out there that does the job. I just don't deal with mac's very often personally so it's not something I would be aware of, you might try google.

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I want to transfer data from my hard drive in my laptop (Lenovo Y480) to a hard drive in my desktop. the cables for the sata adapter do not fit the hard drive from the laptop. Is there a different form for a 2.5 hard drive and a 3.5 hard drive?
 

A:sata to usb adapter cable dosen't fit sata hard drive in laptop?

Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.

Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.
 

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Hello guys!We are trying to install a Crucial m500 960Gb SSD into the hard drive bay adapter for the w540.While the drive fits, once it's connected is not snug and kind of "rattles" inside the bay adapter.It turns out that you need one of this little adapter/spacers that are present in the actual main SSD that came with the machine.We've searched everywhere for the part number or even it's name, with no luck.
Here's the picture of the part:
 
Link to image
How can we get one?
Shouldn't this part be included in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter IV?
Thanks so much for your help!Nicolas E.
 
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A:SSD "adapter/spacer" missing in ThinkPad 9.5mm SATA Hard Drive Bay Adapter IV for W540

No one has ever wanted to install a Crucial m500 SSD in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter?

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I have been trying to recover files from a corrupted hard drive. No OS will boot on it, scandisk freezes on trying to correct index errors, HDD Regenerator shows no bad sectors.

The only option left that I can see is using an adapter and trying to pull the files off through a pc, but this hard drive, Seagate Momentus ST9160821AS, has a interface that I am not farmiliar with.

I do have an IDE converter for laptops but it interfaces with pins, and I cant find a converter that fits with this one, probably because its SATA NCQ. Is there another name for this kind of adapter that i can't find?

Here are some pictures of the interface, hope somone can give me some info on it.



 

A:SATA/NCQ Laptop Hard drive adapter

You could buy an external USB Sata enclosure for the notebook drive, and access it that way. This Seagate drive should be replaced under warranty (5 year)
 

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i have a Dell 280 with a IDE Hard drive. I want to change to a Sata drive using one of these adapters. Dell has one for $17.99. Do these things actual work without reducing H/D speed and has any one used/ tried one?

A:Male ide hard drive to sata adapter

Add your link to the adapter, please.

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ok my friend has a device to be able to use a IDE internal drive externally
via the usb port i was wondering would something like that be able to be found for a sata drive. The case i have only has 2 slots for sata and it came with a dvd lite scribe burner and a HD both sata but I unhooked the burner for now so i can use my other sata drive that already had my apps and music,movies on it from another pc. the cd burner that is hooked up is a reg ide I dont know what the name of the device he is using or if it even has a name but its pretty neat has a power cord for it and you put the hard drive in it well slide it in and he hooks the internal drive to the usb port thru it.
 

A:SATA hard drive external adapter

This one.

http://www.usbsataadaptercable.com/

Mike
 

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I just brought this product to get access to one of my hard drives and I am simply unable to get it working on my windows 7. the directions are useless, theres nothing about windows 7, only xp and vista. I seriosly hope theres a answer to getting this functioning for me. thanks for your help

A:sabrentz usb 2.0 sata/ide hard drive adapter

Hi frusterateDUDE, welcome to the forum
Have a look here; SABRENT USA / Computer peripherals and accessories / Product support page and see if they have newer drivers

I guess it is a cable device? more details would help

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some people change ide to ahci in the bios then it worked.

some people put drive on master, hey then it worked
Second PATA hard drive not detected in the BIOS? - Yahoo Answers

some people put drive on cs, hey then it worked
SATA to IDE Adapter, Drive Not Detected in BIOS - Hard Drives - Storage

What do I do to make it work for me?
The yellow led lights up
the sata cable plugged into sata port and tried multiple ports.
Under sata configuration I tried AHCI which caused windows to BSOD
I switched that back to IDE

This Asus p5qc has a PATA DVD drive lugged into MB IDE port
And a sata drive plugged into sata port.
And a sata drive plugged into sata port.

A:sata to ide adapter do not see PATA hard drive in the bios?

Following this guide, i made it so windows boots ok with bios setting to AHCI
AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

Still the bios does not show drive with adapter connected.
I have tried 4 HD and a dvd drive.

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Interaction (interface?) between a Sabrent USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Hard Drive Adapter Product Code: USB-DSC5 and my Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I am having an issue with the following situation:
When connected to IDE Drives Maxtor and Western Digital, and through the usage of Windows 7 it tellls me that the Hard Drive "is not ready". Is that a message originated by the Windows 7 software?
If so how do I go about "getting the disk ready" so i could change disk type or number or sizes of each partition and/or reformat?
I would appreciate your support to help me solve this unexpected report from the Windows 7 interaction with this adapter and the Hard Drives it holds, 40 GB and 80 GB IDE drives Maxtor and Western Digital. I am trying to use Windows (or some other third party software) to resize the partitions, change the disk type and eventually reformat.

Thank you kindlly

A:Clash between Sabrent 2.0 to SATA/IDE Hard Drive Adapter with Windows

Check the power & DATA cables.
When using IDE HD Drives, make there are set to master.
http://sabrent.com/product-manuals/USB-DSC5_Manual.pdf

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I have an empty 2.5" HDD bay and I'm looking to install my SSD. Since the computer does not come with an adapter, what adapter should I get?

Would this work:
Or do I need this:

www.ebay.com/.../142352864379

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I have a 525 gb Crucial MX300 m.2 SSD drive (this one) on hand. I just purchased a ThinkCentre m93p Tiny i5-4570T.  If possible, I'd like to replace the 2.5" HDD with the above drive, using an m.2 to 2.5" SATA adapter (such as this one or any other one). I saw on another thread here that the Intel Q87 chipset doesn't support booting from an m.2 NVMe drive. However, this drive is not NVMe I don't think, it's just m.2. SATA.  If I have to purchase a 2.5 SATA SSD, that's fine. Just wondering if I can use this drive I already have.  It looks like the computer also comes with a Mini PCI-E slot - can I use this? It sounds like the WiFi adapter might be plugged into it, though. (Specifications)

A:m93p Tiny - upgrade hard drive to an m.2 SSD using an m.2 to SATA adapter? Will it boot?

The Crucial MX300 m.2 SSD is a SATA drive, so you should have no problem using the adapter.       The adapter basically just converts the M.2 SSD's SATA connections to the standard 2.5" SATA connection, and the computer will never know the difference.     Per the spec sheet you posted that model has: One half size mini-PCIe slot (only supports WIFI card) So the mini-PCIe slot is not an option.  Cheers, 

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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.
Thanks
 

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

Anyone?
 

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I managed to get hold of part 01HY319 for my trusty T460 and all works fine. It looks like this and converts from an NVME M.2 drive (M-key) to SATA Express connection on the motherboard.  SATA Express is only x2 PCI lines (rather than the 4 you get with "full" NVME support) so I was interested in performance. Performance before with a 1TB Crucial MX500 SSD SATA drive was like this  Performance afterwards with the 01HY319 part and a 1TB Samsung 960 Evo NVME drive was like this  Hope this helps anyone considering the upgrade.

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Iam installing a new Seagate SATAII 7200.12 1Tb hard-drive into a new build

how do I format it so its working properly?

I dont have windows to connect it to as its a new build - is there some tool i can run from USB at boot or CD i can burn?
 

A:new SATA drive not formatted???

THe drive will be formated when you install tour OS
 

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Since changing to 7, I've had a really hard time cleaning infected hard drives. In fact, it's been impossible. With XP, I could connect the infected drive using a SATA/IDE-to-USB adapter, take ownership of the drive and get rid of the offending files. With
7, however, the drive isn't recognized until I initialize it which, naturally, will blow away everything on the drive. 
It's another MSoft catch-22. If I back up the data so it's safe to initialize, then I have to be able to access the data to back it up so I can initialize it, right? If I do that on the infected computer, chances are I'm backing up the virus anyway.
Same goes for old hard drives I have lying around. I'd love to see what's on them but I can't unless I first initialize them which precludes my ability to see what's on them. I don't have an IDE port on my desktop so some of these drives cannot be connected
directly.
Finally, I don't do this kind of stuff all the time anymore due to health reasons so it's not worth building a retro machine just for this purpose.
Is there not some kind of work-around for this or is another shining example of planned obsolescence? 



I'm out of my mind, please leave a message

A:Cannot "see" hard drive connected via SATA/IDE-to-USB adapter

Something must be wrong with your disks, there should not problems with connecting old sata disk with a sata-to-usb adapter.

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Hi
My MacBook Pro (13-inch, mid 2012) model has recently stopped working. It was showing a folder with a question mark as it couldn?t locate the hard drive. I?ve tried everything and is hasn?t worked, so I took it the Apple store an they said the hard dive needs replacing but will cost 200. I?d rather do it myself for far cheaper. My question is can someone tell me what hard drive I require, which hard drive will meet performance needs and where I can buy this hard drive. Thank you
 

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Computer: Dell Dimension 5100. 6 years old.
Current hard drive: SATA 250GB (think it's SATA 1). Dell web site says its ATA-133

Looking to: Replace the hard drive due to faults

Question: Can I fit a SATA 3 hard drive in this computer? Would this just work at SATA 1 speeds because of the old mainboard? Most of the hard drives listed for sale are now SATA 3.

Thanks for any replies.
 

A:Solved: SATA 3 hard drive to replace a SATA 1 hard drive?

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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 i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

A:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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I have to replace my original hdd on my 9 year old Dell XPS 8100. The desktop  has an i7 chip so I'd hate to replace it with a new i7 PC because they are expensive.The bad drive is an esata drive. I notice that current crop of hdd's seem to be sata III drives. Will the old Dell PC mother board  on the desktop support the new sata III drivesIf I replace the bad hard drive would I be able to restore the W7 OS and all my data by using a macriumbackup file on the desktops external  backup drive?
Thanks for your help!

A:Can old oem sata hard drive be replaced with a new current generation sata III hdd on an 8 year old xps 8100 with an i7 chip??

Any 3.5" SATA drive will work.
As long as the system is in working order, and you purchase a SATA data cable for the additional drive, you should have no trouble cloning the existing drive to a new one.

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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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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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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?

PLEASE PLEASE HELP!
 

A:Re formatted hard drive!

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

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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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Today suddenly I got a message from my second hard drive saying that it had reached its information limit. But that's impossible since it wasn't even half-full.
When I double-clicked on the D-drive icon I received a message saying something like this (translated into English): "Can't access D. A unit connected to the computer does not work."
I tried to scan for viruses with Norton AntiVirus but it appeared that the hard drive was empty. I also tried to run IBM Drive Fitness program but it said everything was ok.
What has happened? Is there any way I can recover the files that were stored on the D-drive?
 

A:Hard drive self-formatted?

Sorry to hear about that your drive formatted. Have you tried it in another computer?

The only thing that I can assist you with is a couple of suggestions.

1. Back-up (extra harddrives if you can or partition your exsisting drive)
2. Their are some excellent products that backup your data.

If your running XP you may already have software available.

Take a look a www.powerquest.com
Drive Image takes a picture of your hard drive in case it fails or bad files.
DataKeeper is a good backup.
Partitioin Magic let's you create multiple partitions on one drive.

Check out this:
http://cnet.com/
Search backup

Good luck!
 

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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?

PLEASE PLEASE HELP!
 

A:Re formatted hard drive

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I have a HP compaq 8430 after getting my hp nx7010 replaced due to a poor connection between the internal hard drive and the motherboard supposedly (this is a completely different story) but my luck has not been too good with the HPs.

I then bought a WD My Book 500gb pro edition external hard drive to keep renderings, and such on for a grant that I am working on. I left the drive at the office and took my laptop home for the weekend and when I came in on Monday plugged everything in and the message:

"The disk drive is not formatted, format now?"

appeared and I have not even had the setup for a week!! I do have a weeks worth of work on the external hard drive which is not backed up else where that I would like to salvage - mostly psd files and photos. Which of the the previous ways worked best to recover photoshop files?

I can use my computer to make a good drawing but am not sure how to access the system that well. Thanks for your clarity.

Thanks for your help!
 

A:USB Hard Drive Saying Not Formatted

Hi and Welcome to TSG, I've split off your post into its own thread.

First thing as always is to try the drive on another computer or try a different USB cable.

For data recovery software you could try PCI Inspector as its free: http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

Additionally, I would recommend in the future that you always have two copies of your data, one on the internal hard drive and a second backup on the external drive. Having just one copy of the data on the external drive is no better then having one copy on the internal drive.
 

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i have a compaq pressario cq60 laptop my son has formatted the hard drive and now vista and all drivers have been deleted how do i put vista back on.

A:formatted hard drive

Welcome
If you have the install DVD it is very easy
Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista
You will need a product key number, however. It should be on the computer. It is 25 numbers and letters separaated into groups.
If you do not have a CD, you can burn one by using this ISO
[Direct Download Links] Download Official Windows Vista RTM with SP1 Setup Files (32-bit and 64-bit) - Tweaking with Vishal
You must have a product key number

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HI<
my seagate 120 gb pc formatted USB hard drive, 6 months good use, suddenly is asking me to format it. every other Pc, and i tried several other ones, gives the same response. Is the data on it retrievable with software? or am i resigned to losing data...? Help!!

scooby
 

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but it is.

Just recently installed XP Pro on my machine. I Already had a hard drive with all my music on it so i didnt go for that NTFS file system bollox just left the file structure the same.

It ran great for a while and everything was working when i downloaded a file from a website. Near the end of the download the whole thing froze and i restarted the machine. It went throught the usual your pc did not shut down correctly lark and when xp came back up it just has the second drive down as local disk when its label is secondary and when i try explore it it says its unformatted.

I took the drive out and tried it on another machine with W98se and its fine. Anyone know whats going on.
 

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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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Hi everybody!
I'm brand new to this site. This is just too cool. I'm hoping someone can help me here. My son formatted the hard drive "accidentally" on an old Windows 98 machine.(I think he just got too cocky and thought he could fix more than he could) Anyway, I am a student in Computer Information Systems, so I know a little, but I've hit a bump in the road on this one. I thought it'd be no problem.......just pop in a boot disk and reinstall the Operating System...............Not happening. The disk doesn't boot the computer. I tried going into CMOS setup, but it won't even boot to there. If I hold down the F8 or Ctrl key, I get a "keyboard error" and then the same old "Non-System disk error" or "Invalid disk" I thought the problem may be with my boot disk itself, but I have no way of knowing. I did try and download one, but it didn't work either.
Any suggestions?
Please help.
Thanks
Macsfan
 

A:Formatted hard drive

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Hi folks,

I have a 1tb hard drive containing movies, music etc.

I connected this hard drive to my PlayStation 4, and from what I remember (it?s been a while) let the ps format the drive in order for it to be compatible with the ps.
After doing this, the ps did not find any files on the drive.

Now when connecting the hard drive to my laptop (windows 10) the drive isn?t found and I can?t access any of the files.

Did I just loose all my movies and music, or is there a way of either making the drive work with my laptop, or extracting the files?

Thanks in advance, any help is much appreciated
 

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Hello,
I borrowed my friend's external hard drive and a I first connected to my PC it was working perfectly. Yet the second time I tried to my PC recognized it but couldn't open it & it kept giving me the message that I need to format the hard drive before using it.
I tried many time on different computers & I got the same result.
Is there any thing that I can do!

A:hard drive needs to be formatted

Try a chkdsk /r

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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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Hi all, new member here and am very emotional lol!!

I recently had to reinstall windows on my pc, and had to swop the drives over as it wouldn't install windows over the original c: disk.

I got windows installed fine onto the master disk and all works well until I try to plug in my second drive (which has all the original windows files on it and needs formatting). It then tells me there is a system disk error, or it just wont boot up at all.

I've checked all my cables, power leads and the master/slave switches on both drives and all seems fine there.

In the advances cmos it has the following listings -

first master - none (won't auto detect either)
first slave - samsung (this is what windows is now installed on, and should be set as master)
second master - dvd-rw
second slave - cd-rom drive

am at a loss as to what else I can do now, any advice is appreciated, thanks!
Tess
 

A:2nd Hard Drive Not Recognised after Master drive was Formatted!

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I suggested a friend's old P3 Dell Inspiron may be quicker running Ubunto. I repartioned and formatted the hard drive before realising there was no CD player. How do I now reinstall an OS? The hard drive connection is not the same as my Dell Lattitude so I can't swop drives. I've tried USB supporting boot disks but still can't access USB devices. Is there any other way to install Ubunto or other OS?
I've tried Duse boot and an Iomega version. USB is assigned a drive letter but when I run DOSUSB.COM (part of the booting routine) the system hangs.
How do I restore the machine?
 

A:Dell Inspiron has no CD drive and I have formatted hard drive

Ubuntu is an excellent free operating system
But you removed the Partition? How did you remove it? With a floppy disk? because that would seem very strange

Obviously No.1 is to get a working CD or DVD Drive installed (he'll probably need it for other stuff too )
And then >> chat with Dell to see if you can get the Windows Recovery Disc from them (although "P3" is very doubtful that it exists)
 

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Can anyone explain why after a hard drive, let's say 20GB, is formatted, the hard drive capacity is only 18.6GB or something along that line? The capacity tends to decrease more as the hard drive size gets larger. For example, I installed a 120GB Westerndigital harddrive with 8MB of cache and I lost 8.3GB of space after formatted. Am I doing something wrong or is the manufacture actually telling consumer the wrong number? For instance, on a Westerndigital wesbite a 20GB WD200BB hard drive, the specs show a formatted capacity of 200,049 MB but after I formatted the hard drive, the realized or actual size is approximately 1,449MB less the total size than what's reported on the Westerndigital webpage.

Any response is appreciated.

ljCharlie
 

A:Hard drive formatted space

It's the way drive manufacturers and Windows handle GB's....Drive manufacturers use 1,000 kilobytes = 1MB, and Windows uses 1,024 kilobytes = 1MB....so the box will say 20GB, because it is, according to their scpecifications...but Windows will say it's 18.6GB...either way, you're not really losing anything, it's kind of like currency values in different countries... in the US, a dollar is a dollar, but in Canada, it's worth more....but everything else costs more, so it all works out.
 

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i had a bad virus attack on 19/11/2011 and it formatted my hard drive but for some strange reason took all of my files but left notepad files ive used a program to find some system restore files and there from before the 19/11/2011 and there on my usb drive and don't know what to do with them in case i damage my computer more ive lost over 200GB of files what would be my next steps to recover all of my files as ive used one certain program called undo delete and it saying that the all the files are still there ive not done anything else since then

A:VIRUS has formatted hard drive

You can still boot into windows, right?

If it were me, I'd make an image backup of the infected hard drive and then try using the undo delete software. Then if it recovers what you're looking for, save those files on an external hard drive and attempt a system restore by booting off the Windows 7 installation disc.

That way, if the undo delete process fails or messes something up, you can restore the image as it is right now and try something else. Otherwise, if it does work you'll have the files you want extracted and can safely attempt to restore the machine without worrying about losing your data. If the restore doesn't work properly you can do a clean install; you'll have to reinstall all of your programs as well but at least you'll have your files

Good luck!

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Help, I got a 2nd hand lap top from my boss yesterday. Took it home last night and formatted the hard drive, then installed Centos and Linux over it. Got to work this morning to discover that my boss hadn't copied all his files over! I need to recover all his Outlook files. What do I do?
 

A:Formatted Hard Drive - Need Old Data

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I accidently formatted my hard drive and was wondering if there was any way of retrieving any of the files that were previously on my hard drive before the mishap?
 

A:Accidently formatted hard drive

Welcome to the TSG Forum
There's a good chance the files can be recovered .. See Here
 

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Hi,
I am running a sempron 3000 on XP prp SP2, with a 120gb primary drive (c & D) and an 80gb secondary slave drive (G & H). I noticed the other day that my G & H drives were not showing up in explorer. when i restarted the pc, the slave drive is being recognised in the bios. I went to disk manager and was able to turn the drive back on somehow.
The main problem is that when i click on either G or H ireceive the message that the disk is not formatted !.
The G drive contains many of my precious digital photos (yeh, yeh should have backed up) I took the drive out placed it in an external HD enclosure, tried that. Received the same error, tried it on my laptop running XP home, same message, tried it on my old PC running windows ME and am able to acess the G drive no problem. The only problem is that the HD in this old PC is not big enough to copy the data across from the G drive.
Anyone any ideas why XP wont recognise the format? and how i can sort it out.

Thanks Noel
 

A:Xp States hard drive not formatted ! (Oh yes it is ) Help please

How big is your power supply? WATTS I mean. If you only have 350W It might not be enough to power those HDDs you'll see them not show up under Windows. They may show up when you first bootup the PC. Also if the PS is okay then check your IDE Ribbon cables for color changes. They don't last forever. You might have to replace them also.
 

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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!!

Thanks
Keith
 

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http://www.stellarinfo.com/download.htm

this may help
 

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I accidentally formatted my external hard drive when I plugged it into my laptop and Windows automatically formatted it. Everything seems to be lost and I really hope to get all of my files back. Is there any free software I can use to get it back? Is there anything I can do?
 

A:Undo Formatted Hard Drive

Hi and welcome,
Firstly stop using that hard drive in case anything left there gets overwritten even more. Chances of recovery after a format are very slim. Recuva is a free prog often recommended here: http://www.piriform.com/recuva

You'll need to recover any docs etc to a different drive - probably your laptop.

Hope this helps.

Richard
 

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Hi, I have 3 HD in my computer, the smallest and oldest is a Maxtor drive (15 Gb). A week ago I noticed that no matter what you do to it, add files or delete them, as soon as you restart it, the HD goes back to his original estate. The you cannot add or delete files, you can access what it has (basically pictures, videos and some programs) I decided to copy everything in another disk and then format it. I did it in windows, nothing happend, after the pop up window that indicates that the drive was formatted is closed, you get into the disk and everything remains the same!!!!, Then I tried using partition magic, it formatted the drive, and then I tried to access it in my computer and the content was there!!!! Then I used a boot CD from maxtor to format it in low level and after a while i got the message saying it was successfully formated, restarted my computer and the drive and its contents where still there!!!! I cannot believe it!!! Please help me, I have formatted that disk 4 times and the contents are still there!!!! I think it deals with a virus, please help me!!


Rick
 

A:Formatted hard drive, but the info is still there?

If the Maxtor utility failed to do it, then something is very wrong. Are you sure you formatted the right drive?

Please post a screenshot of your Disk Management window.
 

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I have an old PC I am trying to restore and use for a dummy machine. (minimal speed tasks) It used to have spyware and possibly viruses on it as well so I slaved it to another machine and completely formatted the drive. Forgetful me wiped out the boot.ini, ntdetect.com files and other necessary files. So I am at my dilemma. I need to know what steps I need to take to install windows xp on this disk and get my PC up and running. I have no boot disk, just my windows xp installation disk.

please advise....

A:XP installation on a formatted hard drive

I dun think you can install XP while the hard drive is slaved towards another computer bczu after all the installation is done, the HDD will be tied to the motherboard and any transfer of the HDD to another computer will not work. In the end you will end up with 2 OS on a single computer

You will need to make the HDD a master in another computer and install it from there. Once the HDD is installed in another computer, set the PC to boot from the XP disk from BIOS settings

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