Question about Ximeta (NDU10200CU)
This is the most horrible thing, I have old movies, all types of music, pictures, and for some reason, when I go into the drive, I get a message saying disc is not formatted. What do I do? I have noooooo computer literacy so if you can give it to me in simple kindergarten terms...that would be great!!! :)
SOURCE: 80 GB external drive failed
Have you tried the windows troubleshooter on the drive yet? (from properties select the hardware tab and the troubleshooter is there). if no luck, but the troubleshooter gives you some info, please let us know. Also see if windows will let you defragment the drive. Run a virus check on the drive if you haven't recently and it lets you. If you have access to another computer, check the drive on that to see if you get anything different. (the OS version of the other machine shouldn't matter) If you open the unit up and remove the actual hard drive, then install it as an internal drive on a PC, you will bypass any possibility of the external drive extra bits being the problem. Run a disk diagnostics utility on the drive, if you need one, try (there are many more also); http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Utilities/Disk_Analysis_Utilities/DriveSitter.html or use the built in windows one "chkdsk" which you can find in the folder C:\WINDOWS\system32. Just double click on the chkdsk.exe icon. If none of this gets you anywhere, chances are the drive has developed a fault in the location where the File allocation table is stored (this is usually the part most accessed). Formatting the drive again will probably solve this by saving the FAT elsewhere, but you would lose your data. For valuable data, there are data recovery companies that usually charge a fortune, but ask if you need this and we can try and source one near you for a quote. Ask again if you need more help or have more info from trying stuff out Hope this helps :)
Posted on Jul 02, 2007
Sometimes this kind of problem happens with internal hard disks and other removable medias like pen drive too. Your external hard disk's partition table got corrupted and that's why your system prompts you to format it. Don't ever attempt to format it as thinks will get more complicated to recover the files back from your external drive. You can recover the files from your disk using any ofo the data recovery softwares. Download any of the data recovery software from download.com and run it. Before that learn the software user guide to know about how to use it to recover the files. Usually scanning process to recover files in such softwares will take long time. Let the software to run and at last it may show you the list of all recovered files. safely transfer them to any other external drives/ pen drives. Dont attempt to store the recovered files to the same external drive as it may replace the existing data and makes it not possible to recover files strored on to that particualr location. Be careful in the whole process. and use any of the good reputed recovery softwares. All the best
I hope this is helpful to you
Posted on Sep 07, 2009
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