Question about Iomega (33600) 160 GB USB 2.0 Hard Drive
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 !
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.
Posted on Sep 03, 2009
Under any condition do not format the external HDD,
try using a different USB plug.
if you have been removing this unit unnecessarily without plugging out correctly using the "safely remove hardware" there is a possibility that the USB firmare is corrupted
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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