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Recover data without formatting

I have windows 8 and there is no volume for my external hard drive. it has no file system that's what the system shows. I have about 400 gb of data which I need to recover please help me with it

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You may take a look at this external hard drive data recovery tutorial that helped me before.

Posted on May 18, 2013

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SOURCE: can't access files on external hard drive

Hi All had the same prob with my external drive and used a program called Easy recovery professional it worked for me .hope this works

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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SOURCE: Help!! Western digital 500gb external hard drive ticking noise

Yes. This is going to sound strange. Put the drive in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. Next day, take it out, hook it up, and see if it is recognized.

If so, under My computer, right click on the drive - click Properties - then Tools, then Error Checking. Check box Automatically Fix File System Errors. Let it run. If everything shows up, be ready to transfer wnat you want off of it.

Freezing shrinks the metal parts . Microscopically, but often enough to get stuck parts free enough to get working.

I just went through this with a 750Gig Book. now i have reformatted the drive (after transferring all over to new drive) and the clicking is gone and all disk checks are fine and i wonder whether to trust this device ever again... Hate to just throw out a large drive.

Posted on Apr 05, 2009

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SOURCE: Unable to access external WD 500 Gb drive: "You need to format the disk"

I have battled this for a few days. Your mentioning USB leads me to a possible solution.

I had a 500GB drive and put it in the USB enclosure and could only see 128GB one time, 138GB another. I found that external drive enclosures have their own IDE controller chips with older ones limiting the size of the drive they are able to "see".

The best test is to internally mount the drive (perverts will read this differently than intended and risk injury due to shock!) to make sure it can be seen. If so then the next best step is to spring for a new drive enclosure, one that supports the higher capacity drive. It worked for me! My old external enclosure's IDE controller could not handle the higher capacity drive and the new one was perfectly happy with it. Good luck! - Andy C

Posted on Apr 09, 2009

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SOURCE: External Hard Drive will not show up. Tells me to format it.

I have a Western External Hard Drive 320 and when I plug it in the computer will recognize it and allow me to access my files but after a short while if I go to click on a file t open it the WD 320 will click off for a minute and then reappear in the auto run mode.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Wiping WD hard drive

I suggest that you use Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN")application to completely Esare the Hard Drive. It is a freeware application.

Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.

For detail visit:

http://www.dban.org/


Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Sep 08, 2009

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