I have a WD 500GB external hard drive that I have used to store important files over the years. Recently I tried to access it through my windows vista laptop and it was not displaying as one of my drives on my computer. After some mucking around (i.e., trying different USB ports, shutting down and powering up the hd and/or laptop) it finally listed as a drive on my computer. The pickle now is: I am unable to access it. I receive an error message that prompts me to format the disk before I can use it. This is obviously not what I want to do since I need the files on this hd. Properties of this drive show that both used and free space are 0 bytes (?!!).
I have tried using the cmd function to rename the drive but it gave me an error message related to the hd being FAT32. I attempted to convert to NTFS but that didn't work; I receive the error message of "Conversion from FAT32 to NTSF volume is not available."
I have tried using Parted Magic. Through both the quick and deep scans came up with "No partition found or selected for recovery."
The contents on this hd is irreplaceable. I would like to somehow find a way to access these files so I can copy them to a reliable storage device. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.