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I am trying not to panic ? BUT I am in need of an urgent suggestion to try and recover files from a external hard drive that appears to be fried. SmartDisk Crossfire Desktop 160 GB Hard Drive My home machine does not recognize it. When I go detach and reattach ? it is not recognized and wants to be reformatted? I tried hooking it up to another computer and still it wants me to format it? I know if I do that I will lose everything. I have every single picture I have ever taken of my 3 year old daughter, every vacation, a record of every piece of original art I?ve made and the list goes on forever & ever

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If it wants to reformatted it's not fried likely. run scandisk first to determine actual damage and look for some recovery softwares. video and picture recovery specific ones preferrably if you wish the pictures most of all.

does it make a ticking noise? if so, only one chance i know of. vacume seal it and put it into a freezer. this will make the metal inside contract and perhaps pull the arm back onto the disk inside. make sure when you take it out that the room is warm and dry. not humid! you won't have much time when you plug it in, work fast.

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