Posted 17 March 2010 - 03:20 PM
Last year I took the 200gb WD HDD out of a Panasonic DVD Recorder (DMR-EH55) and hooked it up to my laptop via usb. I didn't do anything once I saw that the recorder HDD data could not be read in Windows. So I put the recorder back together and since then when I turn it on it says it needs to format the HDD. I have important video on it, so 'no' to formatting.
I hook it up to my desktop and in disk management Windows 7 says it needs to 'initialize' the disk before it can be accessed. I have read and received pros and cons about initializing the disk. So as of now, I have done nothing to the HDD.
Should I initialize it and see what happens? Will that make it work again in the HDD recorder? Will that be harder to recover the data after initializing?
What I want is the data, once I have a copy of the data on my PC I can format the recorder disk and put the data back on.
Thank you for your time
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