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Vista wants me to format my external harddrive.

I have recently bought a 500GB SimpleTech external harddrive. It was working fine but recently files in it started to become corrupted. So I turned it off and back on and let vista fix it. Today I go to access the harddrive and the entire thing is inaccessible. So I go around and turn it off and back on and this time Vista wants me to format my harddrive. And I have important stuff on their and wish to not have to format my drive. Is there a way to fix my files without have to format?

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Can you access this drive on a non-Vista system? If so, try the Simple Tech WWW site for a diagnostics program?

There are also a number of other software programs that can detect and mark the bad sectors or locations on your drive as bad.

Once those sectors are marked (at the FAT Table) as bad Vista may allow you to access that drive again. IF it does, copy everything available to a DVD. Now reformat the drive but DON'T trust it.

Bottom line is that I personally would not trust that drive again with ANY data that is important to me... I hope you will agree with me. If you decide to use it anyway please backup to two locations or drives!

Good Luck!

Posted on Feb 24, 2009

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