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Drive Recognized..Will not perform Chkdsk

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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    oh dear... I think the drive has failed? You can try using TestDisk, though I'm not optimistic?
  2. 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.
  3. 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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