Hard Drive Issue

February 8, 2009 at 11:12:01
Specs: Win XP SP3, P4/2GH 1GB
I have Western Digital HDD out of a DVR that has video data on it. I have it attached to the computer via an external case (USB 2.0). When I turn on power to the drive then look in "My Computer" the drive is not there. When I look in the "Device Manager" the drive is there. When I look in "Administrative Tools/Disk Management" the drive shows up as "Unallocated" and the Initialize and Convert wizard comes up. I know that there is video data on the drive, nearly 74GB's worth only Windows XP does not see it because the drive is not initialized. If I initialize the disk will I lose the data that is on the drive? Once initialized can I uninitialize it?

Software gives me a headache.


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#1
February 8, 2009 at 11:19:21
Most DVRs employ a proprietary file system or video format to prevent you from doing what you are doing. Initializing should not delete the data, and you may have to manually assign it a drive letter- just so that you don't choose any format options. Good luck, but chances are it won't work.

What brand DVR is it?

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#2
February 8, 2009 at 11:19:48
The problem is probably because the drive is in a special format used by the DVR, and is not recognized by windows.

If I initialize the disk will I lose the data that is on the drive?
Yes

Once initialized can I uninitialize it?
No

Look into finding a way to hook up the DVR video output to your PC and copy the videos that way. You probably will need a video input adapter for the PC.


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#3
February 8, 2009 at 12:20:28
Thanks. That's what I was afraid of.

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#4
February 8, 2009 at 12:40:31
Is it Dedicated Micros?

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