Solved maxtor diamondmax plus 9 250gb vista computer

July 30, 2011 at 17:32:33
Specs: Windows Vista sp3 , P4/1gig
maxtor diamondmax plus9 250gb removed from dead external fantom drive tfdu25072 and installed as slave, Vista Premium OS . icon w/ drive letter shows as local disk in computer , computer manager as 128gb RAW Healthy(Primary Partition). When I try to open the disk I am instructed to format to use. There are family pix and important files which I can not lose on this disk.

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July 30, 2011 at 20:13:56
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The original format was done in Win98? Win2000? WinXP?
The file system table of contents or media descriptor file has been damaged on that drive. Might try to use a recovery program first.
Then try running chkdsk on that drive. Safety first.
If that doesn't work you can safely format the drive and use it.

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August 1, 2011 at 19:45:31
FD external was a gift approx. 2002 already formatted. I ran "photorec_win" from testdisk 6.12 and have recouped lots of pix. The recovery program just stops after reading 250 mil sectors of the 430 mil listed . freeware probably a tease to purchase or donate. Am unable to boot into safe mode from F8, Vista OS sp2 . cmd prompt will not allow me to chkdsk.exe and I am the administrator ??? Vista will format in NTFS which puts my data at risk. thx for your help.

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