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USB Hard Drive Saying Not Formatted

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by landart, Jul 18, 2007.

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  1. landart

    landart Thread Starter

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    I have a HP compaq 8430 after getting my hp nx7010 replaced due to a poor connection between the internal hard drive and the motherboard supposedly (this is a completely different story) but my luck has not been too good with the HPs.

    I then bought a WD My Book 500gb pro edition external hard drive to keep renderings, and such on for a grant that I am working on. I left the drive at the office and took my laptop home for the weekend and when I came in on Monday plugged everything in and the message:

    "The disk drive is not formatted, format now?"

    appeared and I have not even had the setup for a week!! I do have a weeks worth of work on the external hard drive which is not backed up else where that I would like to salvage - mostly psd files and photos. Which of the the previous ways worked best to recover photoshop files?

    I can use my computer to make a good drawing but am not sure how to access the system that well. Thanks for your clarity.

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    Hi and Welcome to TSG, I've split off your post into its own thread.

    First thing as always is to try the drive on another computer or try a different USB cable.

    For data recovery software you could try PCI Inspector as its free: http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

    Additionally, I would recommend in the future that you always have two copies of your data, one on the internal hard drive and a second backup on the external drive. Having just one copy of the data on the external drive is no better then having one copy on the internal drive.
     
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