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How to recover files from an infected external hard drive

I have a 320GB Buffalo hard drive.
one day, I used it with my friend's laptop, when I got home and tried to use it with my own laptop, entered the right password, but cannot retrieve any of the files.
Then I went to my friend's place again, using his computer, it worked.
Now that my friend is back home few thousand miles away, I need help to get all my files back.
Can somebody help?

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  • bob5354 Apr 27, 2010

    it is an USB2.0 Portable harddrive for PC. I bought it back in 2008 or early 2009.

  • Peter Wharton May 11, 2010

    Which Buffalo hard drive is it?



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There is a chance that you will be able to get back some of your inaccessible files, provided those items were not overwritten (if you continue saving more data to the external drive).

First things first: STOP using the external hard dive that you want to recover data from in case you may quite possibly ruin your chances of data recovery.

Then Recommend you have a try of Wondershare Data Recovery, a data recovery program with both Windows and Mac versions provided. It should help you. Get the related versions here,

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Remember - Do NOT try & write anything back to your external hard drive until you can recover your files safely! I hope you good luck!

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Contact a local data recovery center they can get the data back

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