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[moved from Hardware] Recovering data from unformatted Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jazzGT, May 3, 2010.

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  1. jazzGT

    jazzGT Thread Starter

    Feb 12, 2007
    I have a Western Digital WD1200B011 external hard drive with 120Gb of nominal storage capacity.

    I just formated my computer and when I attempted to connect the external hard drive, the computer states that the drive K: is not formated. As a consequence, I cannot access my external drive. I certainly don't want to format since I don't want to lose the information stored in it.

    I've tried dowloading WD support software. I performed a disk check and apparently it turned out OK, although when looking at the drive properties: 0 bytes of space and 0 bytes of free space is displayed ??!!!!

    So I've tried Recovery Data software as well with limited success.. panda recovery, recuva, savemyfiles, etc,...

    My question is... is it wise to format the hard drive and later try to recover the data using data recovery software????

    I'm guessing that way the computer could recognize the external hard drive, and performing a data recovery could be easier, considering i'm not intending to use the external disc until I get the data back...

    Any suggestions.... thanks!!! :)

    My PC is a Gateway GT5228,
    running Windows XP SP3,
  2. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge

    Apr 10, 2000
    I recommend removing the drive from the enclosure and connecting it internally to a desktop computer. Reason: There are variables introduced in a USB interface that do not exist when connected directly to the main board, internally.
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