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WD 1TB MyBook suddenly needs reformatting?

Hi, I've been using my external hard drive for a while now and for some reason the computer won't detect it as a WD hard drive, just a removable disk that needs formatting. I've tried using it on multiple computers with the same result. The WD Drive Manager says everything is A-OK but I can't get at any of the data stored on the drive. Help anyone? Thanks!

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  • person157 Jan 22, 2009

    It must be beyond that, I get an error message when I try change directory.



    "This volume does not contain a recognised file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted"



    I think I'll just format it, there can't be too much to lose. Thanks for your help!

  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

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  • absolut_nena May 03, 2009

    How do I reformat my 1tb My Book home edition?I want 2 partitions. I want a small partition for the automated backup utility and a second one for separate data storage that I can access (music, pictures, etc).

    Can anyone point me towards a tutorial? I have a new laptop that is running Vista.

    Thanks!

  • Anonymous May 20, 2009

    i tried typing in 'chkdsk / p' but it didn't do anything.

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Most likely cause of this is that the partition tables are corrupt....you'll need to run a checkdisk on the drive..
go to command prompt
change to drive letter of the drive you want to scan
type in
chkdsk /p

you should get a message about windows finding some faults and repairing them....once done you should be able to access the data on the drive

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