Power failure has cused my 400g external USB Drive to lose partiton information as well as the MBR and MFT. I have software to recover my files from it, but would like to reformat the drive once recovered, I cannot find it in disk management but do find it in my computer but won't let me access it without the recover software. All I want is to reformat the drive and get it to work again, weithout spending $200 to have it recovered.
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Re: Reformat of external hard drive
You may want to try:
1. HP Utility Software (actually intended for flashdrives but I have tried it and it worked with my external USB drive)http://h18000.www1.hp.com/support/files/serveroptions/us/download/23839.html
2. Partition Magic http://www.soft32.com/download_151.html
(have used this likewise with no problems just don't forget to set in preferences your main drive as read only)
Hope this be of some help and give you ideas. Pls post again how things turn. Good luck and kind regards.
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Not sure if you still can recover your files. There are some good recover programs around, but not that many good ones for free. Some programs you can use to see what you can recover, and then you can retrieve 5 files or so and for more you have to pay.
Anyway when not to many files are already encrypted, you should be able to retrieve some or most files. Be aware you should not write one bit to the drive, till you really got back what you need.
Use this data recovery program: http://www.asoftech.com/adr/ You can find it in magazines or on a internet... It is a simple, fast program which thorough scan the computer, which allows you to recover lost files Do not use the machines to take more photos before you have recovered or is likely to override the old and losing it all .... The program can also use it to retrieve other types of files such as music and video.
First of all - STOP using your WD drive immediately! If you
continue using the disk drive, you significantly increase the risk that
the files you want to recover will be lost forever due to overwritten.
Every new file or action will take up more "free space" and reduce your
chances of retrieving your deleted files from WD. So really, you need to
The next step - get a good HDD data recovery software to retrieve the data as most as possible.
Asoftech data recovery program can recover data from formatted, lost or damaged hard drive or partition, Ghost hard drive . # Recover lost, formatted or deleted ( word ,excel ,ppt, office document, video zip, photo files etc ) from hard drive, Support USB recovery and other disk recovery . http://www.asoftech.com/adr/
It sounds like a damaged MFT but the first thing to do is determine the condition of the drive. You can check if there are problems with the drive using the free trial version of http://www.hdtune.com/
If it checks out ok then you can try to recover your data with Recuva it's free http://www.piriform.com/recuva
Or if you need data recovery help this a good choice for low cost and fast data recovery. All data recovery work is performed remotely over the Internet from a boot cd that you download and the best part is they just ask for donations if you are happy with the results: http://FreeDataRecovery.us
What has happened is that your file system on the hard drive became corrupt becasue windows had not updated the MFT on the drive. THe MFT is a table of contents regarding whats on your drive.
What happened is similar to someone cutting out a few pages of the table of contents in a book that has a lot of pages.
Windows tried to fix this stupid programming method by asking people to always use the "safely remove hardware" button in the taskbar to force it to update the MFT. In this case yur a victim of the Hard Discs MFT not updating properly probably because software was accessing the drive when it was disconnected from the machine.
You need to run chkdsk to have it rebuild your MFT.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265 <-- How to perform Check disk *NOTE: Remember to use the drive letter that the USB External is on.. Not just type CHKDSK. It will default to drive C to scan for errors. ex: c:\chkdsk g: (where g is the drive your external usb is) If you get an error like "CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.. see my notes below. Beware that it will take a LONG TIME to perform this procedure.
If this doesn't fix it.. contact a data recovery specialist.. It's worth the cost. There are two types. Simple and Advanced. Simple= recovering files your deleted with the delete button (fairly easy with the right software) Advanced = recovering files from a hard disk crash or file system corruption. (Not easy and very time consuming)