How can I retrieve the data in my portable hard drive. It says I have to format the drive.
You didn't give much detail as to what happened, but I will suggest what I can. It sounds like you have a corrupted partition which may give you a chance to pull that data off the drive. After your data is saved delete the partition and reformat.
>First, if you have a USB cable connection, exchange the USB cable for another; I have seen bad cables do this.
>The second thing to try is to access your drive from outside Windows; use the link HERE to download Reatogo. Reatogo is a program that loads from your DVD
drive and by-passes Windows and loads into memory. You can then "see"
your hard drive and attempt to access your data. It has a Windows XP screen so it is easy to navigate around in. So, do this:
>Download from the above link
>Double-click the file and burn to a CD
>Make sure your BIOS is set to CD=1st Boot Device (the BIOS checks the cd for bootable files before loading Windows).
>Reboot with the CD in the DVD drive; this takes a long time
to load so be patient. You may think the load has stalled, but it hasn't. When finished loading, you will see a duplicate
of the Windows XP desktop, and your hard drive will be listed. Click on
it, and if the hard drive is still working you will see your C:\
directory. Plug in a flash drive, locate your data, and drag & drop
it onto the flash drive..
If that doesn't work, post back for additional things to try.
Wish you the best!
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