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Re: Windows Suddenly Requests Re-Format of USB Hard Drive
Yes there are. The first thing I'd say to you is you may want to involve a professional if the disc contains critical information because they would have experiance and tools you don't. If it's not that critical and you want to give it a shot you can run a file system check on the volume or run a program like spinrite www.spinrite.com
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Is the PC you've used before is the operating system is windows Xp? If you've using windows Xp before then you've plug it in a windows 7 Operating system, it means your hard disc have no problem the operating system of your PC is different than before. Try to plug it in a windows Xp operating system then recover it in there then format it in a windows 7 operating system then, the windows Xp and windows 7 try to make a network place in the connection then share the hard disc files that you've recovered then copy and paste it in the newly format hard drive that formated in a windows 7 operating system.
if you still can see files on the Hard disk from MAC, then the reason of being unabe to explore your file from MS windows is that your hard was initialized by MAC with a format that windows cannot read.
move your data from external hard disk to your MAC then format your hard disk from windows OS with FAT32 format .this format is readable on both MAC and WINDOWS
WARNING: This will permanently remove ALL data from your flash drive.
1) Insert the flash drive into a working usb port on your Windows PC. 2) Open "My Computer" in Windows XP or eariler OR "Computer" in Windows Vista/7 3) Right click on the Flash Drive (Usually labeled "Removable Disk") 4) Click "Format..." 5) Ensure that file system is "FAT32", Volume label is a name of your choosing, and that "Quick Format" is unchecked 6) Click "Start" 7) Windows will warn you that all data is about to be deleted. Click OK. 8) Once the format is complete, Windows will produce a pop-up window telling you so.
Theoretically, you can't format a more than 32 GB drive with FAT/FAT32 file system. In your case you have to choose the NTFS file system to format your 64 GB USB flash drive.
However, if you really need to format it with FAT32, you got to use the command line or a third party tool.
Hope this is going to help you.
Have you tryed chkdsk in the command prompt, goto command prompt and type CHKDSK F: /F and press enter, this is a tool that checks your drives for any errors and hopfully should resolve any problems, rather than formating it and loosing everything on the drive. Also have you tryed setting up the usb for mass storage in the bios somtimes there is a setting for this in the bios, or try setiing it back to factory defaults and see if that works. The only other option would be to update your usb 2.0 driver in device manager in the properties of my computer icon on the desktop. hope this helps in some way and post back what happens.
yes you could simply format the harddrive in Fat32 using your macos that would be the best solution but don`t forget to backup your data by copy pasting the files on your mac or something else and after that to move them on the external hdd again to be available on the windows machine
i hope u already tried unhiding the files and then then checked??as it xp a microsoft product which is know for bugs
it might have various reasons..
might be the drive is corrupted ..and the mc system is showing the drive files or temp files which are accumulated over the period of time !!!! if u think tht there are pics in it which are not showing up in xp try to run back up of tht drive on cd and then check if there are pics in it u can recover it but using the windows back up.... i hope it is computer doesnt freez wh u conect to drive threr is one one more way a soft ware from hp named data suit available on there website
which can recover data from a crashed drives also so u can try tht also and then format ur drive if there are bad sector format will fix it