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Recovering data, external HD

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#1 mattbirk


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Posted 14 October 2010 - 10:06 AM

Hi all,

I have a Maxtor 360GB external HD and it was used between a MAC and a PC, and now I can't get it to show up, says it needs to be reformatted. After reading this thread: http://forums.dealmac.com/read.php?5,2630100 it looks like it is common, and fairly simple...if you're into recovering data.

Does anyone have nay info on how to use TestDisk...I have been trying but I don't want to make anything worse.

Any solutions, or can someone walk me through the issue, I am just getting confused to what to do yet it seems like a fairly common problem and supposedly isn't too difficult to rebuild the MBR or partition table or something along those lines...


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Posted 14 October 2010 - 10:15 AM

Try running a diagnostic harddrive tool for your external.

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 10:39 AM

Generally...when a drive/partition which has been previously detected by Windows...becomes undetectable...it can be a number of things.

I believe the important thing when that happens is to first move any valued files from the partition/drive...before delving into possible causes.

If any file system was used on the drive which is not compatible with XP...it would be seen as an unformatted drive. Sooo...what's the file system used on the drive?

What is this Raw File System - http://blogs.technet.com/ganand/archive/20...ile-system.aspx


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