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What to do for getting data from raw external hard drive

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February 25, 2013 7:04:00 AM

i have seagate backup plus 1tb hdd
suddenly with use of a software which makes usb bootable i gave an option to format,
unknowingly the drive selected to format was the HDD insted of my pendrive

but fortunately the software application itself was in HDD so as application was running it show error that it cant format

but since then the HDD is a RAW,
not showing partitions that i made on it
and demands format before i can use it
in properties also it shows 0 bytes
chkdsk in cmd is also not working for it

is there any soltution i can get my data back as it is

i thnk disk was not formated
bt don't know why its not showing up

i tried in linux also
but linux doesnt even detect the drive

if any one has any idea please help !
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February 26, 2013 12:56:12 AM

Yes! You are right! Do not format it before you have recovered all your data back.
To restore you data, you should try a free hard drive recovery utility:
This freeware can recover all your inaccessible data from this hard drive. It is really worth a shot since it has retrieved all my data from a RAW WD flash drive.
From now on, you should remember to make backups of everything important on your drive on at least two drives in case of data loss.
December 27, 2013 2:26:39 AM

No, I dont think raw hard drive will be readable.
January 30, 2014 9:04:31 AM

Firstly go to My Computer and see whether the external hard drive shows as a drive letter there. If it is not, use this step by step guide to assign a drive letter to the external hard drive

You should now be able to see it in Computer or Windows Explorer. Scan the external hard drive with anti-virus software to make sure that it is not infected by virus

Now you can go to recover data from the external hard drive, you can follow this guide

If needed, you can do a quick format of the hard drive fist. See this guide