a drive got corrupted on my windows xp

March 7, 2011 at 13:40:03
Specs: Windows XP
i have have formatted the C drive on my system and reinstalled new windows XP,,, so the system was been operated well without any problem,, then i installed kaspersky internet security successfully but after some days the drive E got corrupted, whenever i try to explore its contents this message pops up::

"The disk in drive E is not formatted.
Do you want to formatted now?
(yes) (no)??

i did not click on any option till now... so please guide me so the data in that drive not lost forever..... regards to all....


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#1
March 7, 2011 at 14:11:41
Which option did you click on?

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#2
March 8, 2011 at 10:28:28
i have not click om any option yet

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#3
March 8, 2011 at 10:59:11
Is E an external drive ?

If YES...

DO NOT attempt to format it !

Your problem can probably be fixed without you having to do that !

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

Check that out first.
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Rarely, not all the ports on the back of a desktop case may be able to supply 500ma each.

If you have a desktop computer, Note that I answered a Topic on this site where a guy had an external drive, which does require the full 500ma, connected to a port on the back of a desktop case - it would not work properly when a webcam was in the port next to it, but it worked fine when the webcam was unplugged. Ports on the back of a desktop case often have two ports connected to the same USB controller module that are ports one above the other - you could try connecting the cable to one of those and leaving the other un-used.
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If you have not dropped the drive or otherwise damaged it, your problem was probably caused by you NOT clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon in your Taskbar and STOPping accessing the drive BEFORE you unplugged the drive while Windows was running.
There are several programs that you could try that will probably fix your problem.

Specifically, links to some programs that can repair the data damage are here -
see response 2:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

That post also has info about testing the external enclosure's hard drive. Apparently, the Windows version of Seagate's SeaTools can test any hard drive brand when it's in an external enclosure.
Do the long test.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...
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#4
March 9, 2011 at 08:11:50
thanks for the information you provided, but you didn't explain if my E drive is a part of my internal hard disk.... the E drive on which i have the problem is not an external device... it is a part of my internal hard disk... so kindly explain about that if you have some information about it...
Regards

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#5
March 9, 2011 at 12:55:42
Are you SURE that the (logical) drive seen as E had data on it ?

Since you installed Windows from scratch on C, Windows might be using E for a different partition that it was previously.

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
http://www.computing.net/windows95/...

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

E.g.

Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.

The Windows version of SeaTools can be used if Windows works fine.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
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If the hard drive itself tests okay,

Links to some programs that might be able to repair the data damage are here -
see response 2:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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