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I have been using my western digital hard drive with no problems, now it says it hjas to be formatted. I will lose all data if I format it now.

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If you still have access to the hard drive...
1. make backups now (if your hdd dies that's it.. and it will happen probably more sooner than later)
2. check the hard drive for errors and try to get windows to fix them for you... start>my computer>select the hdd/partition and right click on it>properties>tools>click under error-checking>check now.
3. a good program that may give you an idea about the status of your hard drive is speedfan
http://www.download.com/SpeedFan/3000-2094_4-10067444.html it checks how hot your system is running and the S.M.A.R.T tab will tell you about the general health of your hdd.. check can also get a through analisys by having your hard drive status compared to statistical data if you have internet access.

you may also want to run diagnostic tools for your hdd... download the one for your hard drive, install and run
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287#wdc

if you can't access the hard drive. get a drive enclosure, Uninstall the hdd from your system and put it in the enclosure, connect the enclosure via usb/firewire to another sytem and try to access it and then back up your data.. now you may also want to run diagnostics and after backing up your data is upto you if you want to keep trying to get your hdd to respond or you may want to start thinking about getting a brand new one.

fact: your hdd is destined to die when depends on the quality of the hd and how much you've use it. so always back up your data while you can and don't rely on hd that are over 3 or 4 years old.

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Ya format it now

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Might want to use the Windows software to reformat. It should be about the first thing you do when you put in your Windows OS DVD.

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Logical data recovery: In a data loss situation when the Hard Drive is perfectly fine and the BIOS recognizes the Hard Drive but reports a read error, logical data recovery technique is very helpful. Here the files that are damaged or corrupted by any user error or virus attack are rebuilt rather than repairing the Hard Drive.


Fragmentation: When the FAT entry is lost during accidental file deletion, formatting or partition deletion that particular block of Hard Drive becomes inaccessible. Some data recovery software makes an attempt to rebuild the files without a FAT entry. This technique is very efficient if the file size is smaller than the clusters size. But it is inefficient in recovery the larger files.


Data Recovery from deleted partition: Partition is allocation of memory in different sections. Each partition will be like separate disk drives. Partition is very use full when the user is using operating systems more than one. Usually after formatting the disk it may not be able to recognize a partition because of accidental deletion of the partition table or by virus infection. The partition is not actually deleted; it can be recovered by using recovery tools and copy the data present in the partition to the required destination. Formatting the drive erases a large amount of data present on it, but not all the data. The recovery of the data depends on the fragmentation of the file system as the parts of files are being placed on different places in the drive. The data recovery software will assume that files were not fragmented and stored in continuous clusters. If the partition was formatted using different file system, then recovery process will be very complicated.


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I accidentally reformat my removable hard disk, i need help on how to recover all lost data.


All your files are still stored on the removable hard drive.They're just invisible or inaccessible.You can recover them with data recovery software.
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I used this one to recover files from my formatted external hard drive and it worked. Anyway,you can download it and scan your removeable hard drive for free to preview whether you can recover your data.
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Format WD laptop hard drive in Emachine laptop


Normally when u restore, formatting is being done at a certain step. Therefore no need to worry as the OS is included in the recovery. However if it's exactly how u r stating, therefore buy an external 2.5" HDD casing,insert ur HDD in it, plug it to the USB of any computer or laptop & get it formatted.

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Given E-Machine 366I2. Will not take new hard Drive


Shouldnt think it was the cables since you got as far as you have. Could be a problem on the drive and you might want to do a low level format to make sure. Drive type should not matter. Western Digital has a low level format utility on there site. wd.com

my other thought is that for some restores you have to have the exact components present that originally came with the machine. so, unplug everything but keyboard, mouse and video. put back to original amount of memory.

use a windows disk to do restore from scratch instead of restore disk. good luck.

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Probably you have a defective hard drive. Scan it's surface with acronis partition expert. If it finds a bunch of defective sectors, replace the drive. If it finds some bad sectors, backup your data and replace or use it and risk losing data.

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Seems that the Hard disk is formatted with MAC format and not Dos/Windows.

Connect the hard disk to Mac machine and check the type of filesystem of drives. If they are not NTFS/FAT then it will not be read by windows operating systems.

You need to format the drives with FAT32 or NTFS to get it read by Windows OS, you can do this in MAC machine as well.

Hope it resolves your issue.
Thanks.

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try 2 get a software caller get data back. format your flashdrive and retrieve back the data using that software. software is readily available on torrent site just download it. t.y.

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Windows may need recognise it through it's system, right click on my computer>manage, then a window will pop up. Look down the list on left for disk management; on the right bottom of window, you should see your drive there but it will need to be formatted. Highlight your disk,right click and select format. The drive should then show in my computer

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