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All my stuff is gone

I have a Western Digital 500gb external Hard Drive. Last night I was creating a new file and adding pictures to it. It seemed to work fine. When I tried to access it again in just a few minutes it suddenly wouldn't recognize the drive. Everytime I try to access it it says that the drive is not formatted and it asks me if I want to format it. Does anyone have any suggestions? Is there anyway to save what was on there? Or should I just reformat and count it as lost? Also, anyone know why this would happen? The only explanation I found on the website is not disconnecting the drive properly. I don't think that is it because it recognized it after the last time I disconnect it.

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  • detector01 Nov 28, 2008

    Drive full of data, but now when I turn it on and try to select, it asks if I want to format.

  • brand0n027 Feb 11, 2009

    I have the same problem, except I can't back it up onto my PC because my internal drive is only 80 gigs. I've had nothing but problems with this hard drive.

  • sunshine-hot Apr 19, 2009

    My Western Digital My book 500gb is doing the same things it doesn't show any files and keeps and telling me that my files is not formatted and if I want to reformat it! Can some help me!

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009

    worked great for 3 yrs, ext usb 250gb WD drive, next time I tried to access it, the dreaded " Drive is not Formatted..."

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Don't reformat. You will lose everything. It's still there. If it shows up in My Computer, right click and select Properties, then Tools, then Error Checking - Automatically FixFix Errors - just check the top box. That should fix the file system.

I've had problems with these - the 500GB, the 750GB , even the Passport 160 (so why do I buy them...)

If you need to recover stuff, I use a little 260KB program called FileScavenger from Que Tek Consulting Corporation that someone sent me. Simple but can take a loooooong time if you need deep scan. Will find overwritten stuff. But hopefully the Error checking will work.

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I THINK I've got this solved. Right click on the drive, choose tools and backup your WD onto your PC.
Currently mine is backing up everything I couldn't see. Now I just have to pull it out of the backup and put it somewhere safe. Never WD again!

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OK! Don't panic!

1). Do not format it. The formatting process may increase the difficulty of complete data recovery.

2). Do not write anything new on this drive in case that anything new may rewrite the original data.

3). Download a data recovery freeware. The unformatted drive problem could occur for many reasons, such as the virus infection, power surge, drive problem and even operating system problem, etc. Therefore, in this case, your priority thing is to recover your needed data back with the help of data recovery software.

Here is an unformatted drive data recovery freeware that could be a good choice for you:
http://www.not-formatted.blogspot.com/2013/02/recover-data-from-not-formatted.html


4). Do not save the restored data on the same drive in case of data loss.

5). Format this drive to see whether it is fixable.

Note: Never forget to back up everything important at least on two drives or locations.

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