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Re: formatting my WD external hardrive
In computer terms, formatting a hardrive is the process of preparing/setting the different areas (for read/write) of the harddrive and keeping a list of the addresses. This way the computer would know what data went with what and to where in the HD.
Most if not all new HDs are not formatted (prepared) for computer use but are detectable by the PC. Formatting not only makes the HD recognizable, it is now usable.
By formatting, the PC also erases any and all references to the existing data on the HD. After being erased and prepared, it also checked for any possible errors.
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You will have to be the computer administrator to change any values on any hard drive
click start control paneluser accounts you should see a box with the administrator and the guest account if you have made one click on the administratorthis may vary depending on which operating system you have
click start click to open on my computer you should see your hard drive usually C: right click select properties there will be an array of options select the security tab option then advanced make sure you have full control in windows 7
Is the PC you've used before is the operating system is windows Xp? If you've using windows Xp before then you've plug it in a windows 7 Operating system, it means your hard disc have no problem the operating system of your PC is different than before. Try to plug it in a windows Xp operating system then recover it in there then format it in a windows 7 operating system then, the windows Xp and windows 7 try to make a network place in the connection then share the hard disc files that you've recovered then copy and paste it in the newly format hard drive that formated in a windows 7 operating system.
I would be tempted to format the drive using the disk utility whch can
be found under applications and then utilities once opened choose your
drive in the left hand window and on the right hand side click on
erase. If you are using the Seagate drive for the Mac only, format it as a Mac OS Extended (journaled) Choose your volume format and name and then erase. Hope this
First of all, restoring a hard drive rarely affects data stored on it. I usually just adjusts the supporting software that allows it to run properly. Definately check the manual prior to restoring it, though. Formatting it will absolutely erase everything (unless your the FBI). I'm about 99% sure that restoring it will leave your stored data completely unaffected.
You're better off performing the work using the newest OS available. BTW, your BF can plug into the internet and get upgraded to 10.4.11 as well for free and it doesn't take long.
Sorry to say not that many of the Free ones are either A) Actually free(most just show you the files then request money. or B) Al that good. GetMyDataBack seem reasonably good but any attempts you make to recover or fix the drive run the risk of further damaging files.
Both of your stated problems sound like file structure problems although the later problem sounds like the issue may have been the result of impending hardware failure.
First, IF you cannot afford to loose your data, DO NOT try the following suggestions and send the drive immediately to a data recovery specialist(I recommend Armor-IT in North America, if you're elsewhere give me Region and City and I'll point you to an appropriate location).
Now, IF you can live without you files in the event this causes new damage and are simply looking for a cheap/free shot at salvaging the data, open your start menu and click RUN(XP)/SEARCHBAR(Vista). Type CHKDSK X: /F and hit enter(change X to the current drive letter of the external drive).
Then reboot your computer, a screen will come up about disk checking or consistency check, allow it to run it's course.
If this fails, try GetMyDataBack, it's free and can resolve some minor issues. If these suggestions do not work you will likely need the help of a pro. Respond with your Region and City and I will point you to an appropriate Pro.
when the system is u and running normally the comp is using the hardrive to run your computer to format it you must enter the installation of xp and format the disk during the installation process. there is a part of the installation where if theres a o/s on a harddisk it will allow you to format it just make sure you format it to NTFS if will be one of the selections
You can manually disconnect the IDE/SATA cable temporarily from your motherboard (the one with NT PRO & XP HOME), then you can cleanly install a Windows XP on your new Hardisk. And after installing, you can re-connect the other hardrive on your computer and format it under your NEW Windows XP, be sure to set the BIOS BOOTUP sequence that you boot on the right drive.