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How To Open External HDD When it is asking for format

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May 20, 2012 12:35:36 PM

Hello,
Sir,
I AM HAVING A PROBLEM WITH MY EXTERNAL HDD I CANT ACCESS IT ON MY COMPUTERS THEN I HAVE SEEN IT ON DISK MANAGEMENT IT WAS IN UNALLOCATED CONDITION THEN I HAVE MAKED IT AS PARTISION BUT HERE IS THE PROBLEM I HAVE LOT OF DATA IN THAT HDD BUT WHEN I AM OPENING THE HDD IT WAS ASKING TO FORMAT THE HDD PLEASE HELP ME IN THIS @ CHANDUCREATIONS@GMAIL.COM
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May 21, 2012 2:45:16 PM

Please edit your post and remove your Email address.

This is a problem that seems to happen a lot. In most cases, it is the result of corruption of the formatting data on the drive, or the directories, and can be recovered with a simple utility.

The first line of attack is one of the utilities such as Recuva ( http://www.piriform.com/recuva ) or Easeus Partition Recovery ( http://www.easeus.com/partition-recovery ) . These do a fairly narrow job of trying to fix your disk information.

If those do not work, the next level is more intense utilities which read every sector on the disk and try to salvage the data. I'm not familiar with any of these, but if the first step I suggested does not work there are a lot of members here with experience. One of them will give you suggestions. These typically cost money.

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May 21, 2012 4:42:23 PM

I had a pretty similar problem with a backup drive that had an interruption during a partition re-size. I ended up using a program called Testdisk which you can find over at http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk . . . it worked surprisingly well to get the data off of the drive.
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