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My external hard drive says you need to format the disk befor you

I have alot of files on my hard drive that i dont want to loose it was working fine and all of a sudden i get the message .
my external hard drive says you need to format the disk in drive h befor you use it . i cannot even open the drive now . i tried it on another computer and os xp and the same thing pops up so vista and xp say the samething . then i took the hard drive out of the case and placed a diffrent one and it worked fine in the enclosure. please help

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  • triumphtr6p Jan 23, 2009

    sorry not to sure how to use bartpe i downloaded it but very hard to understand it. Is there no way to get my external hard drive back up and running like normal ? I also downloaded VirtualLab Data Recovery Software v5.5.13 it showed the content of my hard drive but i could not open or use the files only jpegs to view only

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Download the BartPE bootable iso and burn it on to a CD:

http://www.download.com/BartPE-Bootable-Live-Windows-CD-DVD/3000-2094_4-10611131.html

It has some nice data recovery softwares. Boot using the CD and run the data recovery software(s) and you should mostly be able to get your data back - save it to your other hard disk.

You can also get some free software data recovery tools from:
http://www.freebyte.com/filediskutils/#datarecovery

You won't lose your data,
HTH,
Deboo

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