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External Drive Problem please help

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January 22, 2013 12:27:17 AM

Hi guys recently I tried plugging my Hitachi 2TB external drive on my xbox to use 16GB (xbox's maximum storage on a external device) of my hard drive to store things from my xbox, but whent i said configure it started a formatting process so I unplugged before it started. When I replugged it on my PC it didn't recognised it and when I re-initialized it and set it on J: it said the file system was RAW instead of NTSF and the PC says I need to format the hard drive. Is there a way I won't need to fromat it because I have plenty of photo's videos and over 200go of files that are lost if I format it .. PLEASE HELP ME

BTW: sorry for my bad english :S :) 

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a c 110 G Storage
January 22, 2013 12:39:01 PM

Try using testdisk, it could recover the partition data off the drive.

Don't store files you only have in one place on an external drive, keep the files on your computer and use the external as a backup.
January 22, 2013 7:56:13 PM

How do I use it to recover my files ?
January 23, 2013 4:29:55 AM

Don't worry! RAW format problem is not a serous problem. You could easily fix it as long as you take the right measures:
1. Do not format your drive before you have recovered all your data back.
2. Download a RAW drive recovery freeware to save your data back. There are plenty of recovery tools on the webs. You should carefully select a trustworthy one to get back your data.
3. Preview you recovered data to see whether it is recovered rightly.
4. Save your recovered data on a different drive in case of data loss.
5. Format this drive to return its previous NTFS file system, not RAW.
Note: Back up your important data regularly on a different drives or partitions in the future.