I have external hard disk 2.5" SAMSUNG HM120JC with 120 GB. When I connected into my laptop/PC, this hard disk can be found as a local hard disk. Then i double clicked this drive (hard disk), my laptop/PC asked me to format it. In this case i need the data inside (117 GB). What should I do? I've tried to use some recovery softwares, but they didn't work. So what's wrong with my hard disk?
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Re: Error to Detect, hardisk must be formatted
The problem might not be with the HHD instead it could be your bios setup. you will have to download drivers for the bios of you laptop and install them in your operating system then try to access the hard-disk.
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If your PC and Laptop can not detect your external hard drive, I do suggest you check its usb cable. A substitute cable will confirm if your current usb cable is faulty or has an open wire.
Most common reason why the external hard drive is not recognize by PC or Laptop is due to loose connection of the hard disk inside the connectors of the enclosure.
Anantsharma8, if you have a small precision screw, I recommend you open the enclosure of the external hard drive. Remove the front face where usb and power plug connects, then slide it out to expose the hard disk also. You will see two connectors. These are the ones that always loosen. Please disconnect both the connectors and then connect it again properly. Put the hard disk back, close the enclosure and try to connect again with your PC or laptop via usb cable.
Good Luck! I hope that it will soon recognize your external hard drive.
Try checking your connections. Make sure the usb cable is firmly in the hard drive as well as the pc. Unplug the hard drive, restart the computer and plug it back in. If that does not work I would suggest trying some sort of file recovery/back up software and then calling in the warranty.
connecting the hard drive to an USB hard drive adapter and
connect it to a computer's USB port. The computer should see it as an
external storage device and you can open the various folders and files
to backup your data. If the computer cannot detect the hard drive as an external device then the hard drive is faulty. If
the hard drive makes a clicking noisy then it is definitely faulty and
replacing the circuit board cannot fix this problem. There are companies that can retrieve data from a faulty hard disk BUT it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services.
OK, 2 things to check. First and foremost, when you plug it into the PC does it make that nifty noise to let you know it sees a new piece of hardware?
Second, if it does, you probably need to initialize the disk. Hit the windows button, right click on computer, and select manage. Under the storage category highlight Disk management. If you see the drive there, you can right click and select initialize, or format. From there the system should see the drive.
**Turn your computer off, then unplug the USB cable and then the power to the drive. Restart you computer, plug the power into the hard drive, wait 10 seconds and then plug the USB into the computer. This clears the hard drive buffer. See if the drive shows up in disk management. Before formating, turn off your antivirus. **
**1. Test your drive on another pc 2. Check your bios settings
If you're using the original XP version it wasn't able to format the correct size of the hard drives. You need to find a version with Service Pack 2 and boot off that CD in order to format the correct size of the drives. You could also boot off a Vista installation CD and format the correct size.
Not sure what could be the problem.
There are many issues here.
- Did this drive worked before?
- If it did, was this your boot drive?
- USB cable and connector problems
- How is this connected to the drive?
- Is it in a package that came with the drive complete, or you had to install it?
My two cents... Samsung and other Japanese drives are not that reliable and if it's new, return it and get a Seagate drive. They have five year warranty and much better drives.