Computer says HDD is unformatted

May 2, 2011 at 07:02:42
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon/1.25Gb
I was in the middle of attaching something to an email from my external Lacie 160 gb hard drive and the computer froze for some reason. I went to restart it and when it rebooted I tried to get onto that external drive and now the computer lists it as a Local Drive that's not formatted. I tried to switch usb hubs and tried to open it on different computers but still coming up as not formatted and a Local Drive. Please tell me my computer didn't just fry my external drive!

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May 2, 2011 at 07:08:16
You may be able to repair the partition/s on the external using testdisk. Be sure to read all the tutorials before using. Get testdisk at the link below.

If the data on the external was your only copy, I hope you have learned your lesson and will start maintaining backup copies.

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May 2, 2011 at 07:08:49
Can you go into the control panel, click on Administrative tools, then Computer management, does the external drive show up in there, and is it "RAW"?

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May 2, 2011 at 07:17:52
Shows Healthy (Active) 152.67Gb total 152.67Gb Free. No File System listed for it.

By the way Othehill? You may want to stop yourself from making snide remarks like learning my lesson. THIS IS MY BACKUP DRIVE That's why it's EXTERNAL! I'd still like it working.

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May 2, 2011 at 07:50:13
Sorry for assuming the worst, which is usually the case. Your plea indicated, to me at least, panic.

Testdisk can repair partitions with faulty file systems.

If all that resides on that external are backups then I suggest you run a hard drive fitness test on it and if it comes back OK delete the partition and start over.

I don't think Lacie has their own brand of hard drive. You should be able to use the Hitachi test on whatever is inside the enclosure.

In Disk Management right click on the listing for the external at the far left. Choose properties> policies. Is write caching enabled?

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May 9, 2011 at 04:27:50
OtheHill, thank you VERY MUCH for your Testdisk suggestion. It's just salvaged the middle partition of my main internal HDD. It identified that it was the first partition which was causing the problem (after booting up the 1st and 3rd partitions were visible, so I figured, wrongly, that the problem lay with my 2nd partition). You've pointed me to what I'll now consider an essential app to have from now on. Cheers!

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May 9, 2011 at 06:35:04

Glad to hear that testdisk fixed your drive.

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