I am on Ubuntu via boot disc at the moment. When on Windows 8, I was not able to see a hard drive connected via USB in Computer but I read somewhere that I could go to a particular place in Windows which I can't remember now to be try and initialise the drive in order to use it in Computer. I tried that but it said it needed to be formatted first, despite it being formatted already - I had files/folders on the drive.
I read that if I did a high-level format (if I am not mistaken) that will 'zero-out' the drive so that I could use it and restore them with a programme to retrieve deleted files. I attempted to do that but it decided to be a further pain and not allow me to for whatever reason, and said only that it couldn't or gave me an error or something which wasn't very helpful at all.
I thought that Ubuntu might have worked to view the files on the drive itself so I could copy them to another drive because it did ages ago when I tried when Windows wouldn't, but so far I haven't had any luck. Is there a place to go in the latest version of Ubuntu (which I only just downloaded and burnt to disc today) to view its equivalent 'initialise' or other options for the drive?
Is there also an option to do a disk check, similar to chkdsk or error checking or whatever they prefer to call it these days, on Ubuntu?
I am not convinced the drive is completely lost yet because it has been temperamental in the past so I'm holding on to that small ray of hope it will decide to work again soon. I did mean to save the files from it before today but due to one thing or another I didn't. A standard piece of advice is to try the drive on a different computer to see if that works but I don't have access to another computer on which I could try it, unfortunately.