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WD 1tb external drive

I was working on my WD 1tb drive and it started getting slow and jumpy so I restarted my system and BAM! Now I cant get any of my data from it it only comes up as format drive? I tried to format and it wont do that either. I updated the driver, I used the tools to no avail. I have a win xp2 2gb ram 2.5 processor. I think I got a bum hd. I only have 38gb used on the tb.

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  • tazman99 Nov 01, 2007

    That didnt work. I have tried pc doctor, testdisk, WD Backup and I cant grab the files I need from any of them. Seems everytime I shut down my cpu WD Book doesnt agree with it. It takes several minutes after the restart to boot and I am running on `1/2 the tb partician since the format.



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I got the exact same problem...I don't care much for the HD compared to the data on it...Some tried to format it as advised and it does not solve the issue...I ran the lifeguard diagnostic and it passed successfully....Very strange !

Posted on Oct 31, 2007

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    Incubus_DZ Oct 31, 2007

    I found a solution to your problem...If it works, all I ask is that you pass the info to someone else and so on...

    It seems that the reason for this is the partition suddenly becoming RAW which translates into "No partition" Why I don't know, but what I know is that there's hope with a program called Testdisk found here:

    I'm using it as I type..So good luck, some people reported success I hope I'm one of them...

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    Incubus_DZ Nov 08, 2007

    I feel you're a bit hasty from the way you write...I may be wrong. These things are easily solved but are indeed solvable..What I'm trying to say is that people who reported success within minutes are took me a week of triall and error, but you should have a clue of what you're doing...For example..You should have never attempted a format if you wanted your files back..

    Testdisk is the only way to go because despite it's looks it remains the most viable tool you have...Use it analyse your HD try to fix the FAT and if all this does not work then send the log file to Christophe Grenier its designer, he helped me get through the valley of darkness :) Try to give us a more up to date status of your problem...



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