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External 1TB WD hard drive cannot be read in Windows 7/8 - what can I do ?

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December 1, 2013 5:39:28 AM

Hey guys, unfortunately I've got an issue with one of my hard drives, luckily I backup on a daily basis, yet I didn't backup the files of this hard drive since they are of secondary importance to me, however I miss some of the files I had on this hard drive, it's a Western Digital 1TB My book mirror edition external hard drive.

Even though it was a mirror edition I had only one volume, 1TB. (western digital encourages you to turn it into a mirror so that you get two volumes, however the real storage space would be 500GB since the secondary volume is just a backup).

Today I plugged it in and windows told me that there are some errors with the unit, he asked me to either analyze and correct the errors or to continue without analyzing, I selected "analyze and correct", then windows told me that in order to keep going with the analyzing process he had to restore the unit, so I clicked on "restore" because I was confident it was the right thing to do and because windows didn't tell me that all the files would be deleted from the hard drive.
Unfortunately the restore process didn't end, it got stuck, and so here I am, I cannot access the hard drive from windows, and I don't know what to do.
I downloaded Recuva, and I was very pleased to see that recuva could see all of my folders and files in the hard drive, however Recuva's purpose is to restore deleted files, not files that have errors.
Please guys, if you know what can I do in order to get the hard drive back up and running, without further damaging files and folders, tell me.
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December 1, 2013 5:45:21 AM

Grab the files off the drive with recuva, DON'T have recuva take the files off the drive then put the on the same drive. Thats a bad idea in general.

Can you see the drive in disk management? Might need to format/initialize it there.
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December 1, 2013 5:59:41 AM

mouse24 said:
Grab the files off the drive with recuva, DON'T have recuva take the files off the drive then put the on the same drive. Thats a bad idea in general.

Can you see the drive in disk management? Might need to format/initialize it there.


I ran recuva but it only showed files I had previously deleted, and I don't want those.
Out of the 400'000 files that recuva found on the hard drive, he wanted to restore these 40'000 files that I had deleted previously but I don't want those, I want the other 360'000 files.
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