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external hard drive can't be recognized

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  1. austin1234

    austin1234 Thread Starter

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    One of my external hard drive have been used for a year. Several days ago, it suddenly can't be recognized. It showed in computer management as "not initialized". I plugged it into two of my computers. The result is the same. It seems it is not a ubs driver or cable problem. I tried the software "Recover my Files". After fast format recover, it found all my files. So, I think the problem is not big. But "Recover my Files" need to save the files to another hard drive. I don't have extra space for those files. I wonder if there is another way to let the external hard drive to be recognized. Thanks a lot.
     
  2. JohnWill

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    First off, screwing around with the drive and "trying" to fix it may actually result in the loss of those files. If you can recover them now, I suggest you do that BEFORE you attempt any repairs. I'd at least recover the most important ones before any attempted repair.
     
  3. austin1234

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    Thanks for your reply. After I backup those important files. What next?
     
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    One option is to find another system with enough space for the remaining files. Once you've recovered them, you can just format that disk and put them back on. Otherwise, I'd consider one of the many disk data recovery applications and cross my fingers. You could look at PC Inspector, it's a free disk recovery application.
     
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