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Drive Recognized..Will not perform Chkdsk

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August 14, 2009 4:00:54 AM

So I have a 500gb External Western Digital drive that all of a sudden stopped being recognized.It had (hopefully still has 150 gb of data on it).


I went through several steps and now device manager in XP recognizes it as a healthy 465 gb unformatted drive.


So I go to DOS and enter E: so I can go and run chkdsk /r and then it hangs forever and finally and I finally get a cyclic redundancy error.

I have connected it to two computers and the same error occurs.

Any other diagnostic tools or other suggestions ?

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a b G Storage
August 14, 2009 7:06:57 AM
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oh dear... I think the drive has failed? You can try using TestDisk, though I'm not optimistic?
August 14, 2009 5:45:19 PM

checkdisk (chkdsk) will NOT work on an unformatted drive. need to format it first. of course, at this time the previous data is probably gone.
August 25, 2009 7:45:17 PM

Actually this is not solved so I am not sure which answer to select as the "best answer" ..

Thanks for the effort though!
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