|i've tried to do my due diligence to poke around the forum before asking, but don't see what i'm looking for.|
aside from telling me that lacie isn't a reliable brand for external hard drives, i'm hoping someone can help me. i have a lacie 1tb external drive that now says "drive not formatted. format now? yes/no".
it was working fine fri and sat, but today it doesn't work. when it is turned on, it usually runs the autoplay window for a few secs and then opens the drive, but the autoplay window is now a mere blip, if at all.
i have another 1tb drive like it, though i haven't taken it out of the box until today. we have tried swapping out the power source and the usb cable with mine, but no dice. i also plugged it into my laptop but still got the same formatting error message.
when looking at the properties of the drive, it shows 0 used space and 0 free space (it should be about 300gb used space). we have installed a file recovery scanner, and the files are there. they are not named as we had them, but we recognise the files when we can see a preview of them. that is just a scanner, though, not file recovery software to actually retrieve the data.
the computer runs win xp. what other info can i provide to help solve this?