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Solved: External Hard Drive - Deleting partition, but accidently deleted logical drive

Q: Solved: External Hard Drive - Deleting partition, but accidently deleted logical drive

Hi all,
I recently bought a WD My Book Essential Edition external hard drive and wanted to change it from FAT32 to NTFS. I was following instructions given on WDs website, however the directions weren't entirely clear (of course only noticed after the fact). I right clicked on My Computer, clicked manage and used Disk Manager. The instructions said to find the drive, right click on it and click delete partition. It didn't mention however, to do that with bottom part of the screen and not the top. So, I think I just deleted the logical drive.

It shows up on the device manager and the "Safely Remove Hardware" window, but the drive letter no longer shows up under My Computer.

Is there a way to fix this? Or did I just buy a $120 paper weight?



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A: Solved: External Hard Drive - Deleting partition, but accidently deleted logical drive

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i was on disk management on my computer and i right clicked on my portable harddrive and accidently clicked delete partition how do i fix this. my hardrive wont show up in my computer or disk management so i cant partition it. i dont need to recover the data i already have it all backed up.

A:I accidently deleted the partition from my external hard drive

Unplug and re plug in the external drive while you are in Disk Management and see if an unknown device appears. You can also leave it plugged in and restart you computer. Do you get the "bing, Bong" USB connection sounds?

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installing a new hard drive, i wanted to wipe my old drive clean and deleted my external
hard drive. I assume all that was deleted was the boot. I have already given it a letter so the system sees the hard drive but nothing else. PC inspector is running in the background trying to find the lost files, but i was wondering if theres anything else i can do.

A:Solved: Deleted external hard drive accidently

Might depend on how you deleted it. What type of wipe was it?
Probably the only thing you can try at this time is recovery programs but some are a little better at recovery depending on how the files were deleted or lost, but if the files were deleted in any sort of secure manner they may be gone for good.

GetDataBack (http://www.runtime.org/) would be another good one to try, and only need to pay for it if it can recover the data.

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Im not sure what i deleted but i deleted a partition or a logical drive while reinstalling windows XP now my second HDD or Partition or Logical Drive is not showing. & when i go to DIsk mangment it does not diplay an unallocated space, RAW drive or unformatted drive its just the C: drive laying there.Is there any chance of recovering the drive but not the files the D drive only.
Please help .

Thank you
Newbie @ techguy forums

A:Deleted a partition or logical drive.

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i try to backup my laptop data using system image recovery.. In the process, the system told me that 'the backup could take up to 16 GB of disc space.' So, i just create another partition (17 GB) on my external hard disc as a backup location. The process went smoothly. But unfortunately, all my external hard disc partition has been deleted and there is only one partition (RECOVERY 31.9GB ) that include recovery data is created.. Is it any way that i can apply to get back my deleted partition?

A:System image recovery has deleted my external hard drive partition

Hi Fuadansari

Can you please tell us the manufacturer and the model of the hard drive that was overwritten.

I've done that process so I think that I understand what happened. Is it an Acer laptop?

The most important thing at this point is that you DO NOT WRITE ANYTHING TO THE AFFECTED DRIVE. That means do not format it or do anything that may alter the data that is currently on it.


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I have been searching for days around the net for a way to resolve this and haven't seen anything that can help me thus far, so hopefully one of you kind people may be able to help.....

I had a bit of a hard drive issue a few days ago.... my D: Drive disappeared... it's a partition on my Hard drive which I just use for music/photos etc.... it was there on Monday..... I did a full (Windows) back up (thank God) on Monday evening as I was planning on installing some software a few days later.....

I have an Acer 8920G running Windows 7.

Then on Tuesday my Acer proprietary media player needed lots of updates performed to it (it was the first time I had actually needed to play a Blu Ray disc in my laptop for over a year so I guess all the updates were successive).

When I rebooted for the final time, I noticed my D: drive was gone. Now, the thing is, I cannot be sure that the updates to the Acer Media Player was the issue but that is the only change that was made to the laptop since the back up.

I tried restoring my system back to a time point from Monday (when I knew the D: Drive was present)... still didn't come back. I then looked on Disk Management.... the only partition that is showing up with a letter is the C: drive.... there are three other partitions... the recovery one, another small one (not sure what that is) and then the 140GB one that says "Healthy. OME partition" or something like that.... I cannot assign a letter to it by right clicking on it ... Read more

A:Internal Hard Drive Logical Partition now missing...


What has happened to the space the old partition occupied? Is it unallocated space?

Could you please post a screenshot of your disk management window, and describe where the partition was?

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I need an easy and quick way to delete 110000 files (27.5gb) of useless images on a brand new 250 g external hard drive.

BACKGROUND: I might have lost a lot of documents and photos that I had on another external hard drive - stuff I had moved from my pc's hard drive (and then deleted from the pc). I have exhausted all the options to recover this data, save the professional 'forensic' option. ..... So I ran a program called "RECUVA". I hoped that some of the lost material could be recovered from the pc itself ... I did find some early drafts of a few 'final' documents that had been transferred to the external drive. ... The program ALSO recovered a lot of images: 110,000files!!

Without knowing any better I simply 'recovered' all of them and stored them ALL on one file in the brand new external drive. They take up 27.5g of the drive's 250 capacity.

BUT these files are every single image that has been downloaded on to the pc my myself and 4 family members over 3-4 years. the 110,000 files only contain less than ONE PERCENT of the photos I lost on the old drive. 99 percent are useless.

PROBLEM: I can't delete any more than 20 or 25 images before the whole drive AND the pc come to a grinding halt. Moreover, it takes forever for the ex drive to boot up. And when it's running it seems to slow everything else down on the pc. I tried highliting big blocks of images and hitting 'delete'. That just totally froze ... Read more

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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 a new WD Essential 1TB external hard drive. I intend to use the drive for photos and backing up my C drive. First, I need to reformat the drive to NTFS. Should I also partition the drive? The procedure for partitioning seems simple enough, but I don't really understand the pros and cons (if any) of partitioning. Any recommendations? Number of partitions? Sizes? Thanks.

A:Solved: External Hard Drive - Should I Partition?

For the most part, unless you have an organizational need or desire for partitioning, one big partition is fine. I did have one situation where I had to partition a 1.5 TB drive into 500 GB each but that was because the networked media player I use could only see partitions of 500 GB or less.

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Would like to have 40-50 gig sections/partitions in my WD 320 gig external USB hard drive (FAT32), but can't figure out how to do this. Used Partition Magic from my <Reference to illegal software removed> to partition my regular 20 gig hard drive in half (half is NTSF, Backup half is FAT32), wasn't that hard to figure out. Used Ghost to make a complete backup of my C: drive in case I screwed something up (burned an ISO file first). I'm running Windows 2000 Pro with SP 4.

However, nothing on that <Reference to illegal software removed> disk will recognize my WD external drive period (Partition Magic won't show it, Norton Ghost doesn't see it either). It's a Western Digital "My Book" drive....just plugs into one of my USB ports. Windows has no problem seeing it and my BIOS sees it too.

Now I'm stumped, probably cause I'm not very experienced with this. Have looked on the Internet a great deal, but what I've found is how to do this in XP, which doesn't do me any good. Can y'all help please?

Thanks in advance!


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A:Solved: How to re-partition WD 320 gig external hard drive

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I was attempting to upgrade my system from vista to windows 7 and i received an error saying that I needed to find a driver for the CD drive for windows 7 and in attempting to fix that problem i accidentally removed my CD drive from my bios, so it thinks that no CD drive is installed

Now I am unable to boot from a CD, but vista is able to see and use the CD drive. How can I fix this problem?

Here are my laptops specs:
OS Version: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5800 @ 2.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 4094 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 119232 MB, Free - 15350 MB; D: Total - 108242 MB, Free - 94590 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. , N80Vb , 1.0 , BSN12345678901234567

A:Solved: Accidently Deleted CD Drive from bios

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I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post but I hope admins can move it if so.

I think I'm in a screwed position which is frustrating me...
Here's the story...

So basically my buddy asked me to format his computer that had linux in it...

Before I even started, I backed up his personal pictures and files to my external hard drive..

After this was accomplished I began the process of Installing a fresh copy of Windows..

1) I accidently unpartitioned my External...which has 2 SATA 500GB Seagates in a Nexstar enclosure. It isn't formatted just unpartitioned...

2) To fix this I acquired Partition Table Doctor...I tried fixing the partition using this program...but for some odd reason it didn't work. I didn't really read the Guide to using this but I skimmed through it and it seemed pretty straight forward.

This didn't work and my laptop did regcognize the drive but didn't show up as Hard drives with letters attached.

My second problem is.. during this stage.. it said there was an error with sectors on my C drive...It asked me if I wanted to fix it and so I did...

I rebooted my laptop once more and BOOM... my Vista wouldn't boot....
and all I got was a black screen and some Funny Characters located at the top left part of the screen...

Can someone lead me to the write direction? I'm totally lost and not sure how to recover my files and fix my MBR at this point...

I'm using the deskto... Read more

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hi, i obtained an external 20gb hard drive a while ago as extra portable storage. a friend helped me at that time and partitioned it into 2 drives approximately 10gb each. now, i have decided it would be more convenient to have just 1 large drive of 20gb. is there a simple way to reformat the 2 hard drives and combine them into 1 20gb hard drive. i have winxp home version. the external 20gb hard drive is connected to my computer via a usb connection.


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Hi everyone.

I recently formatted my computer and decided to partition my hard drive 3 separate ways.

I have a primary partition ( C: ) with 30GB that holds Windows Vista (Running home premium).

I also have a logical drive ( G: ) with 80GB that is holding all of my programs

Now I also have two other drives, a primary partition and logical drive (They have no files on whatsoever).

I want to merge these two to hold my documents (music, video, etc).
Only problem is disk management won't let me do it and Partition magic would not work with vista when I installed it.

Does anyone know of a way to merge my primary partition and logical drive (they can be formatted)

I have already tried formatting one volume and extending the other.

Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Merging a logical drive with a primary partition

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Hi everyone!
I have an external 931Gb Seagate disk.
I wanted 5 partitions and it came out with 3 logical drives and 2 primary (all healthy)
After an infection with ransonware I had to delete one from the 2 primary partitions but suddenly
at the same time got unallocate one from the 3 logical drives too, like if they was connected (?).
So I lost everything in it which there was very important backups not infected.
Is there an easy way to allocate again this logical drive and find again the files was in it?
Why happened this? Is it normal?
Thank you.

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I'm operating on windows 7.

All I need is a way to format a single partition to FAT32, except I can't seem to find a way without losing all the data on my external hard drive.
So far I've shrunk my external hard drive by 200 gigs, but windows 7 can't format it into FAT32

So I downloaded Seagate DiscWizard, except it wants to delete everything on my entire external hard drive.
So I'm not really sure what to do. Is it even possible to have partitions with separate formats?

If you're wondering why I need to format into FAT32, it's because I need to back up my PS3.


A:Solved: Formating a Single Partition to FAT32 on a external hard drive

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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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I have an old customized computer from my grandma and when it boots up it asks me to select a operation system, there are two. How do I delete the operating system I don't want?

I don't care if I have to reformat the whole hard drive... I would actually prefer to. And I have tried to delete one, but I can’t seem to get rid of one of them.

Computer Spec.

Windows 2000 Pro.
Intel Pen. II
2GB Hard Drive

Thanks for your help!

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this isn't so much a problem as it is annoying. when i restart my computer it prompts me to choose which partition i want to start up. i think this happened when i redid my operating system. i dont know how to remove the part of the partition i dont use.

A:deleting a partition from hard drive


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I wanted to use this program to make my usb flash bootable, but instead i managed to choose the wrong drive letter and i removed my partition.

It was an external usb HDD, and it was a single primary partition, now this program made a non formatted primary partition with the size of 904.6 mb and the rest is unallocated space.

Is there any way to recover my partition, it was nearly full with all my music, and some other media files, I'm 100% sure it didn't format the HDD, just deleted the partition and created a new smaller one which it didnt format.

A:Solved: Accidently removed a partition using hp drive key boot utility

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I have Windows XP operating system and I want to move the C drive partition to make the C drive larger. But I do not want to lose the data that is now stored on the C drive. Thank you for helping

A:Moving the hard drive partition without deleting data

I'd look at one of the many utlities available for doing just that, like Norton Ghost. In fact many retail drives that you purchase include a disk for doing that. I know that Seagate and Maxtor both include utilities for migrating HD's.

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I have recently installed W2k OVER W98 on my laptop, and now realise this was a mistake! I want to delete the NTFS partition, and reformat my hard drive to perform a completely new install of W2K. Could someone please advise how to do this. I am by no means an expert, so please dont make any assumptions about my PC knowledge

Thank you


A:deleting NTFS Partition and reformatting hard drive

hmmm.....I'm not sure I know enough about windows 2000 to advise you step by step, I just felt sorry that no one has responded to your post yet. You came to the right place though. In the meantime, You'll want to save all of your personal files from your computer, b/c they will be erased. Also, I assume you have your own copy of windows 2000, it is not just an upgrade?

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Hey guys

Right, i'll start at the beginning...

Two days ago my girlfriend somehow downloaded some kind of virus to my system. Norton missed it and said that it couldnt' find anything, despite these random windows opening, trying to connect to the internet. I looked through the registry and couldn't find what was causing it, so i figured, what the hell, i'll just install windows again and delete everything.
So, i put the windows disk in and restarted. I went through the reinstallation up to the point where it asks what partition i want to install windows to! Of course, all my previous windows and software and the like were on the big partition (186gb) So i thought, i'll just delete the partition and make a new one.
I pressed the confirm and the partition disappeared leaving me with 127gb of unpartitioned space. This coincided with the the fact that I had about 60gbs used on the old partition.
So, now i have got a 200gb hard drive tht will only let me access 127gb. Is there anything that i can do to rediscover the extra memory? I've tried using the device manager and the windows interface, but my pc simply tells me that the extra space doesn't exist.

Please help....


A:Deleted partition without formatting hard drive....

If you are using xp, right click on "my computer", select manage, then storage, then disk management, and see if you can re-activate the missing partition there.

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OK well recently I was having problems with my PC and an MMORPG, I was trying to fix certain things, and well one thing lead to another, and files were deleted which were neccesary to start Windows. (These files which were deleted, were being shared by spyware, and other certain programs... )

Well anyway, attempted to repair the PC, by installing the lost files by booting up with the "i series" Recovery CD-ROM for Windows Home Edition SP1A. Anyway the person, who was doing this apparently couldnt get it to work, and decided to install Windows XP all together. And by attempting to do this chose to delete the partition of memory which contained all my information. (MY HARDDRIVE) Well I dont believe I have a Windows XP Home Edition CD, because frankly, it was installed by the company I bought it from. I was only given this Recovery CD, and am not sure what to do. Basically I have an empty PC right now. Nothing.... Zilch.... Nadda....

Any ideas? Is there anyway I can order an actual copy of Windows XP? I mean I have the Serial Number and everything, just no actual copy of Windows XP on a CD.

Edit: Pc was purchased from IBuyPower.com, I have yet to contact them about getting an actual hard copy of Windows XP, do you think they would send me one? I did purchase it technically.

A:Hard Drive Partition deleted, No Windows XP CD!?

Hi Lockecole, Welcome to TSG !!
Turn on the PC, put in the Recovery CD
Shutdown the PC and reboot. It should start from the cd. Select Format and reinstall.
If it doesnt start from the cd, at boot up press Delete or F2 to get into BIOS. Find the Boot Order and select boot from CD, Save your changes and reboot

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I REALLY hope someone out there can help me with this!

I have a failed hard drive/ stuffed partion, and i DESPERATELY need the data from it!

A computer was brought into me with two hard drives. The owner asked me to set up a duel boot with vista and XP on the first hard drive, and to leave the second hard drive alone (its his backup drive with all his photos, movies etc) I was working away as per usual, when i noticed the second hard drive was no longer coming up in Windows Explorer. Well it was, but not correctly. whenever i clicked on it it said 'would you liket to format the drive?' obviously, i didnt want to do that.

I ran Partition Magic 8.0 which showed the drive was only 8Gigs (it should have been 1T or 1000Gigs) Partition Magic also said there was a problem with the drive and offered to fix it. I agreed, however there was no change.

I've run a number of programs to try and fix the drive:
Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0
Partition Table Doctor 3.5 Demo
Dtidata Partition Repair Tool
Recover My Files v3.98

However, all the partition repairers claim that the drive is only 8 Gigs, and they can go no further. All the File Recovery Programs will only scan for 8 Gigs, and thus, i can not recover my clients precious photos and videos.

The BIOS comes up as recognizing the drive as 33Gigs?

I really REALLY need the data from this drive! Does anyone know how to fix my problem?

Thanx heaps in advance,


A:Solved: Hard Drive/ Partition Problems! My 1T Hard Drive appears as 8Gigs?!

I've used ZAR to recover files from a RAID box that seemed to have been corrupted due to a bad power supply.

You might check it out. It's free. Meaning it will only allow you to recover so many files at a time. I bought it, and like it.

They have a forum that is monitored quite often, from the developer too.

Good luck.


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I was recently doing a fresh install on my SSD (primary). I saw a 100mb system reserved partition and deleted it thinking it was from the primary drive. But it was from my data drive/secondary hard drive. Now the data partition is there in secondary hard drive but I'm unable to access it. Windows says I have to format the drive to access it, rightfully so.

Is there any way to access my data now?

A:Deleted system reserved partition from my secondary hard drive

Didn`t you even pay attention to what the Disk # was when you deleted it ? Obviously not.

Why didn`t you unplug your data drive before you even attempted the new install ???????

If you format your data drive, bye bye data.

There is no reason you can`t access the data on that drive.

Partition Wizard, Linux etc, there are many ways.

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I've had two disks:
1- SSD drive with OS
2- HDD with 4 partitions + system reserved

Because i wanted to get rid of system reserved partition i've deleted and extended one of those 4..
After that i formated and installed windows 7 x64 on my SSD.
Right now the hdd partitions won't show up, and the only way i can see those partitions is running windows installation cd, but they are listed as Dynamic and cant do anything about them. The partition i resized appears multiple times, i don't know what to do. I'm desperate here.

Gregrocker if you are around, please help me out.

A:Deleted System reserved partition on secondary hard drive

While you're waiting you should post a screen shot of the HDD.
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
If you have made 5 partitions you have probably made the HDD dynamic and should attempt to make it basic again. A basic drive can have a maximum of 4 primary partitions.
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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I have Toshiba Satellite, in case that matters. I have drive C, D, E of course. I also have 2 external hard drives. G is for movies only. F is for backup. Anyway, yesterday I noticed that the letter F wasn't showing when I clicked on Computer. I went into Disk Management and tried to assign a letter but I saw 3 G letters. One was fine but the other two confused me. I tried to change each one but the letter F was missing. In frustration I deleted that drive. Well, now I can't get it back. What do I do? BTW, I see the two externals in Device Manager and I think I see one in MiniTool Partition but the drive in question is marked as Unallocated.
Can you help me? All my important backups are on there.

A:I Foolishly Deleted External Hard Drive Letter

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Hi Is it possible to recover deleted files from an external hard drive or flash memory? If so, can someone explain how this is possible? I thought that once you had deleted a file, that was it..?

A:Can i recover deleted files from an external hard drive?

Quote: Originally Posted by Double

Hi Is it possible to recover deleted files from an external hard drive or flash memory

Not with certainty. It's hit and miss. Don't count on it.

"Deleting" in effect removes the file from the drive's "index" so it can't be found by standard means.

Specialized software may still be able to locate and recover the file if that space on the hard drive has not actually been overwritten and occupied by another file.

Recuva and GetDataBack are two such programs.

Some free software will tell you if the file can be recovered, but may make you pay to actually recover it.

The original file name may be lost.

Then there are professional data recovery services that examine the drive in a laboratory for a high fee--$1000 or more. Such services may have a higher degree of success.

I've fiddled with the free software a few times, but never had much luck.

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Deleted the wrong files from an external hard drive when plugged into a tablet. When I plugged the hard drive back into the tablet to restore the file, I am getting the following error message: :L/ is unavailable, the location is unavailable and it advises to make sure the drive is connected / plugged in....which it is. Is there anyway to restore the files???!!

A:Restoring deleted files to external hard drive!!!

use this recovery software called recuva. free and small. can also be used from a usb.

read the info on the side of the download page about recovery options.
also, its important not to use the external drive.. until running a scan with recuva, as the data may be lost.

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I recently download a backup program that deleted everything off my external hard drive. There is now basically nothing on my external, so I doubt any data was overwritten. I have a Western Digital 800BB External USB 2 with FAT32. I've tried almost every program I can get a freeware/trial version of and haven't had any luck. A few of them have shown me some of the files I am interested in but are missing quite a few I want. I've also tried restoring a few .avi files that did show up and all I get is a bunch of my mp3 files oddly strung together. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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while organizing my pictures, i hit upon the idea of deleting all photos under 100k since i was having trouble with way to many pictures and was trying to organize them.

Seems i deleted in those images the Icon of my external hard drive (Western digital 500gb). The drive SEEMS to me to be much slowwwer since then- but i see no way to change the icon under properties (as you can for a folder.)

so, my question is:

how do i fix this slowness issue? and do you think that the icon deletion is in fact what caused it? i now get a slow, haning external (although it comes around eventually...)

(i don't care so much for the fact that my icon is gone if that's not causing the problem.)


A:I Deleted my External Hard Drive Icon- and now it's slow!

I don't see deleting the icon as the cause.

I'd be more worried it has an error, right click on the drive and go to Properties and Tools to run a Disk Scan on it, make sure to check the box to scan and fix errors too.

You can also check the drive for a hardware failure with the WD diagnostics: http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?cxml=n&pid=999&swid=3

And try something as simple as plugging it into a different USB port.

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My environment: Windows XP Pro SP3

I use an external USB drive (G: drive) to make backups of my computer's folders and files. I am wanting to completely remove an entire backup of all drives (C:, D:, and E on the G: drive that I ran in the past. The problem I have is that when I backed up the C: drive, it included local shared object files several folders deep under C\Documents and Settings\Chris\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\.....

I have tried without success to remove those *.sol files using various file removal tool programs. Does anyone know if it is possible to remove *.sol files on an external hard drive? Thanks.

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I just bought a maxtor 320g HD, can I partition it in two halves to share with someone else? Also, is there a software I could use to automatically back up my entire drive without compressing any file? thankx

A:Can I Partition A External Hard Drive

Yes, you can. Use Windows Disc Management. To make a copy of your main drive read this article, missing out the steps on deleting files.
If you are unsure about any steps, post back. Let us know how you get on.

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I bought an external 120 gb hard disk. I would like to partition it into 6 partition.

Is this possible?

If yes, what software do you recommend? Any freeware options?



A:Partition external hard drive

should be doable using the XP disk mgr -- did you try it?

btw: 120/6 parts = (6x) 20gb partitions; why so small?

Also consider: An external HD can be used by other systems,
even Mac and Linux *IF* you plan ahead now -- format as FAT32

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This may be a stupid question, but when I try to connect my new external hard drive (that will be used for backup and file storage), how do I partition it? I have decided that I need to, but am not sure how to go about it. I do not have Partition Magic, but do run WindowsXP. I want to make sure I partition it before I start putting anything on it. Thanks for your help!

A:What do I need to partition new external hard drive?

Check the manufacturers website. They should have a program you can use to do it (usually automatically). I would check to be sure it is the one you need. Not sure if you need a special program for an external.

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Howdy. I have a Mac Mini with an internal hard drive partitioned with Bootcamp for a Mac side and an XP side. It is so full I can't run the SP3 upgrade (lots of photos). I need to add an external HD to store the photos - like in the 1TB range - and although I will use it almost entirely with XP Pro, I do want a small part of it for the mac stuff. It'd be a USB 2.0hookup.
I think I can just do this with Bootcamp, but the WinXP side is more important to me, so I'd like the opinion of you WinXP guys first. Any suggestions?

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hi, can i partition my external hard drive? thank you

A:partition external hard drive

Yes... I think it already is. What do you want to accomplish?

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I have windows 7 home premium 32 bit. I got a new WD Elements 2.5 TB external hard drive. The laptop detected it perfectly and it showed about ~2.25 TB space. The problem came when I tried to partition it into two partition, one 1.75 TB and other ~500 GB. I tried windows 7 data management. When I shrunk the volume to make first 1.7 TB partition it made it correctly but it created two ~250 GB un-allocated partitions. Then I created one partition from first un-allocated space and tried to extend it but it is not giving me an option to extend it. Also it is not allowing me to create another partition from remaining ~250 GB partition.

I tried EASEUS partition manager but it shows whole external hard drive as unsupported.

Can anyone help me with it please?


A:2.5 TB External Hard Drive Partition

paragon software's partition manager is the only one I know of that handles usb externals properly.
Paragon Software: Download free partition software for home

...it's not a free one though.

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I am new to the forum. I'm not sure if this is the right place to post my question, but hoping someone here can direct me or might know.

I purchased a 1TB hard drive to place media files on it so that I could plug it into my DVD player which has a USB port. I made sure to format the hard drive to Fat32. What I can surmise is that the 1TB hard drive is too big for the DVD player to read. I plug it in and it says Device Not Supported. But I've successfully plugged in an external card reader and used a 16GB SD card to place files on and it reads them fine. So I'm thinking it's the size of the drive that is the issue.

Someone who is more computer savvy told me I might have to partition the hard drive into two partitions. One partition 16gb and then the other partition with whatever is left. They did say they were not sure if there was a way to set it up so the 16gb Partition is what is recognized first when plugged into the DVD player. This way I would transfer movies I want to watch to the 16 GB partition, and transfer them over.

Now when I search hard disk partitions in Windows 10 the manager comes up and I can see the hard drive, but I can not change the size to partition it. It's grayed out. Is there a freeware program that works with Windows 10 that will split the hard drive into two partitions in sizes I specify, and make sure that the 16GB partition is the first one loaded or seen? And if I set it up that way when I plug it into my computer will the computer see ... Read more

A:How to Partition a 1TB external Hard Drive?

The easiest program to use for partitioning is MiniTool Partition Wizard Free:
Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

As long as drive letters are assigned to both partitions, when plugged into the computer you will have access to both partitions.

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Hi,  I accidently deleted the HP tools files on the F drive. How can I restore those files?The computer is a HP Pavilion G6 notebook. Help appreciated! Cheers,CPM 

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A:accidently deleted F-drive with HP Tools

Hi, Try reinstalling the uefi support environment, although it does usually default to wanting to install on the original D partition - it's on the following link. http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp61501-62000/sp61632.exe Regards, DP-K

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I accidently deleted my keyboard's driver and I don't know how to bring it back,I tried plugging it to our android tv but it doesn't work,I also tried it on my laptop and it didn't work as well but when i tried to find it on the device manager it showed as unrcognized USB on the USB port menu.Please help me.

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is it ok that one of my partitions is listed as a logical drive?

A:logical drive partition ok?


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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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I work on a laptop and a desktop. I use an external 320 GB hard disk to save my files.
The laptop is running windows 7 home basic 64 bit (more than 2 years old) and The desktop is running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit (recently installed with formatting new pc).
The problem is..
If the HDD connected to the desktop and I delete any file from the HDD, the file appears in the recycle bin of the desktop but as I connect the HDD in laptop the files are not appear under recycle bin of the laptop. Likewise any file deleted from HDD appears in recycle bin of the laptop when the HDD connected to the laptop but not appears in the recycle bin when connected to the desktop.
Is it normal? I do not think so. If it is a problem then how can I correct it. I have tried windows troubleshooting -- performance check , HDD error check but no error can be find out in both computers.

Wish for your helpful suggestions.

A:Recycle bin not showing deleted files for an external hard drive

I think this is quite normal if I have read your post correctly. When you delete a file from your external HD the deleted file get transferred to the Recycle Bin of the computer you are using. When you change the external HD to your laptop then there is no record of those files as they have already been deleted & would still be the Recycle Bin of desktop, unless you have deleted them from there.

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A client of mine lost all of her data on her external hard drive. It happened while she was away from the computer, and as far as I know, no one else touched her computer. I asked her if her computer were acting abnormally, like she had a virus or something, and she said, "No. It's acting fine."

She can access the drive, but it has nothing on it now.

Any ideas?

A:All data from external hard drive got deleted! No humans involved.

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