External hd formatted incorrectly
I was using my WD passport on a mac and forgot to eject it properly. So now it is apparently broken. It shows up in windows explorer, but when I click on it there's a long pause and I am informed that it needs to be reformatted before I can use it. This isn't possible, because there's valuable data on there (my music library, around 300 GBs). I found a data restoration program that works, but there has to be an easier solution, maybe a program that allows me to access the hd and fix whatever is wrong with it from within. I'm not really sure about this stuff though.
Hi there not fun when it happens:
you can try that but i think your hard drive might be in big trouble
you could also try those from western digital: but don't format cause you will lose information if any is left on HD.
Sounds like you may have garbled the Master Boot Record. You could try MBRWizard to restore/rebuild your MBR.
I had a similar problem and I used Active Partition Recovery http://www.partition-recovery.com/ worked perfectly. I think it was free too. forgot for sure.