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My zip drive says I need to format it

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#1 Charlie123


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Posted 22 March 2015 - 07:02 PM

It has several GB of data on it. When I plug it into a Windows 7 or 8 computer it says I can't use it until I format. It appears it is still useable but not recognizing the data on it. Any fix? 

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 07:44 PM

Check for errors either with Chkdsk command or from its properties sheet.

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 07:52 PM

DO NOT format it until you have exhausted all possibilities - this will definitely put your data beyond recovery !


If you ignore the format request - ie select 'No' or 'Not now' - can you see anything on this drive ?


One possibility might be to create a light weight Linux self booting CD and try to see if you can 'mount' the drive in that. There are any number of these but I can reccomend Puppy if only because I have a copy which has worked for me in data recovery situations. You can download it from here and you will find instructions on how to make and use the CD. Rest assured it runs entirely in RAM and will not turn your computer into a Linux box !




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