After months of use... it now asks for formatting !
I bought this external HD months ago with no problem using it/transfering files. But now, everytime I plug it in the USB 2.0 port, I can see my drive still but i get a message when I want to open it: Need to format the disk.
Of course I said no since I have 140G+ data... How can I solve this? I thought it was pre-formatted already... I couldn't find any answer to my problem in other posts... thx in advance !
Re: After months of use... it now asks for formatting !
I had this very same problem...
I found good advise on another message board and it has worked!!
I downloaded a program called TestDisk from www.cgsecurity.org. It's a free program that runs in a DOS form so it's a bit confusing. But it can read your files off a secondary boot. Follow the steps below and you should be ok. Hope it works for you too!
1. Start Testdisk. 2. Select [Create] to create new log. 3. Select the drive you are trying to recover. 4. Select [Proceed]. 5. Select platform. I used [Intel] since I am running this on a Windows machine. 6. To restore your files, select [Advanced]. 7. Select [Boot]. 8. Select [List]. This will list all the files and folders on your drive. 9. Highlight each file and folder one at a time and type "c". Make sure it is a lower case "c" since it is case sensitive. This will copy the files to your hard drive.
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sounds like a faulty drive, afraid without sending it off only way you will be able to get info off is by transfering it bit by bit, best u use cut files at least u dont have to keep copying same files over and over that way
Check to see what file structure the drive is formatted as. It's possible that it's formatted as FAT32 instead of NTFS. If that's the case, backup your data from the drive, reformat, and then you can transfer the data back to the drive.
initially, pls verify that it is indeed an external storage problem rather than a laptop USB issue by trying other USB devices and determine if they are recognized and working;
disassemble the enclosure of the Acomdata external hard drive and remove the actual hard drive;
you would need the use of a 2nd PC, a desktop that could accommodate the HD from the Acomdata (IDE or SATA);
install the HD from the Acomdata as a Secondary Master or Slave internally to the 2nd PC;
boot the 2nd PC and determine if the HD from the Acomdata will be recognized as a local drive;
chances are that the partition of the HD from the Acomdata was messed up. This would explain the blinking blue light;
download and install a file recovery program. An example is GetDataBack (unfortunately not a freewarebut DEMO is available) and do a recovery. It would take some time based on the size of the HD from the Acomdata;
temporarily save the recovered data in the 2nd PC. You can burn this likewise into a DVD backup should the 2nd PC be capable of that;
after recovery, re-partition and format the HD from the Acomdata while still attached to the 2nd PC;
should the re-partition and format be successful, you can transfer back the temporarily saved recovered files;
a nice, simple, fast and safe partitioning/formatting software is Partition Magic (unfortunately not a freewarebut FREE TRIAL is available).
should the re-partition and format be not successful, you can replace only the HD and/or claim warranty.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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