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Hard-drive unallocated

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November 26, 2012 9:49:16 PM

Before I get into the direct details, some backstory to help you guys understand:

I had a 1tb external hard drive. I was stupid and tripped over the usb cable, essentially breaking off the usb port on the external. I opened the external up and the actual HD was fine, unaffected, but the attached chip that house the power port and usb hub was... well, it was fine, except the usb port was ripped off. That's the backstory.

I have 4 HD compartments in my computer, and 2 were currently being used, leaving me 2 free ones. I connected the HD from my external as well as another old hard drive I had sitting in a drawer for a while (I mean, what the heck). Well, my computer only recognizes the old hard drive, not the external HD I shelved in my comp.

I went into disk management, and in disk 2 I can see my HD, but it's unallocated. Thing is, I can't just format it — I have crucial information on there. I'm not sure where to go from here. Only alternative I can think of is buying an HD enclosure, but I don't think that would make a difference, and on top of that, if it doesn't, I just wasted a bunch of money.

Here's a screenshot of the disk:

http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/3010/asasac.png

Disk 2 is the one I need.

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a c 326 G Storage
November 26, 2012 10:39:55 PM

What is the model number of the external drive? Some devices (eg My Book Essentials) are hardware encrypted. If so, then you will need to repair your USB-SATA bridge board.
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a b G Storage
November 26, 2012 11:10:02 PM

Did you boot up into BIOS and have the hard drive detected there? Perhaps you should buy an external enclosure and pop the Hard drive in there.
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