I have been using an old laptop harddrive as an external hard drive for a while now with no porblems. However, all of a sudden the device is not being recognised by any computers (I have tried 3 others in total). I think it might be from when I downloaded a film to it but i can't even access it to delete the problem file or files. It has all my work on it and I cannot afford to loose any of it - help!
I had the same issue. External Drive coruppted - couldn't be read and asked for it to be formatted. Took it to a PC centre and they couldn't do anything. I ran some programs eg. Tooldisk, Un-erase etc. No results.
I eventually found a software program called 'Partition Recovery' in Canada. Cost $35. Ran it and restores everything. No damage to drive and working fine
Unbelievable especially after the PC repair suggested I send the disk to the manufacturer who will bust it apart to access the dick drive without any guarantee of a fix.
Extract the above archive to the one folder and execute the SIrun.bat file. The procedure will generate a report file named SIout.txt which you can then upload to a file sharing service so that we can examine it.