cant not format or intialize external hard drive

July 8, 2013 at 05:07:29
Specs: Windows vista 64bit, 4.00 GHz / 8 GB
cant initialize hard drive, l have files on the drive but cant access them.Drive does not show in my computer, but in admin tool, storage, it shows as a drive, but bare drive.Its there any way it which l can retrieve the files, or reformat at the last resort, please can you help.....................................................................thank you

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#1
July 8, 2013 at 07:20:07
I use a Linux OS to mount drives like that. However, it's too much to explain in a post.

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#2
July 8, 2013 at 13:46:08
Post all the information listed for that external drive in Windows Disk Management.

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#3
July 8, 2013 at 14:26:33
when l enter windows storage/disk management, l get 2 windows that open, the 1st one says that l need to initialize the disk before logical disk manager can access it.it shows Disk 2 and its ticked, the under that it says MBR, which is highlighted...............When l click ok, to initialize disk, it just comes up with an error..........Data error (cyclic redundancy check)

On the other window, which displays the Computer Management screen, it shows the drives on my laptop.

Recovery Parition, my main C Hard disk drive, system reserved partition, usb drive

Below that it show a break down of the disks;

Disk 0: Basic 465.76 GB Online

Disk 1: Removerable 956 MB (usb drive)

Disk 2: Unknown, not intialized

CD-ROM 0: DVD (D:) No Media

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#4
July 12, 2013 at 17:19:41
does anybody know, how to correct this ?

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July 12, 2013 at 20:44:14
Do you have any Linux experience?

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#6
July 13, 2013 at 00:40:40
sorry, no l dont,never used it as an operating system

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July 13, 2013 at 04:48:40
The only other thing I can suggest is to connect the drive to a different machine & try to recover the files that way.

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#8
July 13, 2013 at 06:20:09
is there a way l could reformat the drive, not than worried about the files really, would like to keep them, but if it means to keep the drive working, then l would go that way

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July 13, 2013 at 06:44:41
The answer is the same. You have to connect it to something that will read the drive or boot the computer to something that will see it.

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