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Is data on my external hard drive recoverable?

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#1 Aggiemundo


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Posted 11 January 2010 - 11:03 PM

I have a Western Digital WD2500 hard drive that stopped working some time ago. I replaced the original USB to SATA card that was in the case with a USB to SATA connection cable and now the drive does spin up (it didn't before). The drive doesn't make any odd sounds and appears to be spinning fine inside the unit. Windows does recognize the drive now with the new cable, but informs me that "You need to format the disk in drive E: before you can use it" when I try to open the drive. I'd like to try to recover the files if I can. Do you have a method of doing that?

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 12 January 2010 - 09:17 AM

You can try data recovery software.

One of the free programs that users seem to have success with, Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File Recovery - Home - http://www.recuva.com/ .


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