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External Hard Drive being read as an Internal hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Taido, Nov 21, 2012.

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  1. Taido

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    Hi, for nearly a year now I've been using a Buffalo 500GB external hard drive.
    Just yesterday though, after unplugging it from my PC, using it on another Windows 7 machine and then attempting to reconnect it the my PC, it began to show up on My Computer as a Local Disk rather than an external. In addition, when I try to access it, it gives me this message: E:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable. My question is, is there any way to return the drive to it's original state or recover the data inside? The data is of extreme importance.
    Thanks for any help.
     
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