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Solved: Sudden loss of USB HDD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mnementh, Apr 30, 2007.

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  1. Mnementh

    Mnementh Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have a Maxtor Fireball 40GB HDD connected via USB to my computer. It was working fine until a couple of days ago and I cannot now access it. I get a message stating that the drive isn't formatted. I've looked at the Disk Management utility within XP and the drive is shown (Only the drive letter), layout = Partition, Type=Basic, File System is blank and it shows as having 100% free space. The drive had a FAT32 File system and I suspect this has been corrupted some how. Is there a way of repairing the FAT without losing the data on the drive, or do I have to re-format?

    Thanks,
    M
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Time for some data recovery software. I'd also take the drive out of the USB case and install it as a secondary drive in a desktop, since many data recovery applications don't work well with USB/Firewire connected drives.
     
  3. Mnementh

    Mnementh Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your update John. Is there any good freeware out there for this or can you recommend something else?

    Cheers,
    M
     
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  5. Mnementh

    Mnementh Thread Starter

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    Thanks Rich-M - have tried the software and has worked a treat. Much appreciated.

    M
     
  6. Rich-M

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    Great and glad to hear it. can we get you to close the thread solved by using "thread tools" above?
     
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