my i dropped my 1TB external hard drive but my laptop still recognises it and it still displays my files but when i try and open these files it askes me to format the disk. when i dont do this i cant access my files. I can i retreive my files. HELP PLEASE!
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If you physically damaged your hard disk you will need to replace it. you can try to recover some files with:
TestDisk, Data Recovery TestDisk is powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting a Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy.
NOTE If seeked lost file are still missing, give PhotoRec a try. PhotoRec is a signature based file recovery utility and may be able to recover your data where other methods failed.
PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks, CD-ROMs, and lost pictures (thus the Photo Recovery name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted.