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External Hard drive just failed

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Ryutso, Jun 28, 2009.

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  1. Ryutso

    Ryutso Thread Starter

    Feb 1, 2008
    When I woke up this morning, I saw that something on my computer went haywire and every external drive and memory stick was ejected. It was still on though so it wasn't a power surge.

    But then when I go to re-plug in my 500GB xHDD it tells me the "This device has malfunctioned." message. For a while I'm sad, but then I swap cord only to find it it connects. YAY!

    However then the "You must format this disk before you can use it" message pops up and I get sad again.

    This xHDD had everything on it. My music, my files and all my backups. Is there anyway to get into the disk and copy stuff out without formatting? I would really like to save my files.

    EDIT: Update with a picture of my Disk Management screen. K: is the external Hard drive:


    What the heck? How could a disc go from functioning NTFS to raw in 8 hours?
  2. win2kpro


    Jul 19, 2005
    The 1st thing to do is to remove the hard drive from the enclosure, and connect it to a desktop machine. You can then see how Windows reads the drive when connected directly to a desktop motherboard.
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