Do You Want to Format, Drive is seen ... has data

January 15, 2012 at 08:51:27
Specs: Windows XP
My slave drive in my HP now asks if I want to Format it, ... and Test Disk sees it and gives data and I can even see the files there. What steps do I take to make it not ask that option when I try to select the disk (do you want to format) and access the drive. It is one partition I think.

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#1
January 15, 2012 at 09:33:37
You need to explain your hardware configuration - "slave drive in my HP" is pretty useless.

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#2
January 15, 2012 at 11:19:34

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#3
January 15, 2012 at 11:22:31
I don't know why it didn't post my explanation. frustrating. .. The software link for testdisk sees the information on the disk which is in a slot in my HP and they call it a superdrive ... when I use windows explorer it lists it as drive J but use to label it the HP disk. But when I select it, the computer runs a bit and then pops up Do You Want to Format it Now or something to that effect. Thus the data is there but I

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#4
January 15, 2012 at 12:24:22
So then the slot you are referring to is a card reader and the drive is a memory card? See the link below for samples of memory cards.

https://www.google.com/search?q=mem...

If this is the case look for the drive in Windows Disk Management. Highlight the drive listing and then post all the information listed.


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#5
January 15, 2012 at 12:43:01
No, it is a Two Terabite hard drive that comes from the factory in a case and the whole case slips into the computer. I is a HP Pavilion m7659n computer. It slides into the left slot. It is not a flash or memory card. It has a disk light etc. on it. Will your link still work?


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#6
January 15, 2012 at 12:52:51
OK then, you have a hard drive located in a removable drive bay.

Same difference as far as Disk Management is concerned.

I suspect that the file system on the partition has become corrupted. Post the results as requested above.

Are you fully updated with XP, including SP3?


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#7
January 15, 2012 at 17:19:31
Ok, I am off work now ... I found the win disk management, I highlight it but not sure how to copy the info and post it.... will keep trying though ...

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#8
January 15, 2012 at 17:24:30
I do notice that drive says it is 100% free, Healthy and File system is blank. I have lots or had a lot of files on it, important ones... the other software showed some of them ...

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#9
January 16, 2012 at 05:01:06
Run testdisk on that partition. Read the tutorials before using it. FYI, the most common reason for that to happen is not using the safely remove icon in the tray to disconnect the drive before unplugging it.

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#10
January 16, 2012 at 06:00:46
Wow, thanks for all the feedback.

I ran chkdsk J: /r last night and this morning all was well, fixed. I have disconnected the drive by pulling it from the slot without using the software to disconnect it. First time I'd ever had that before. J is the drive letter it had.

Thanks again. I had forgotten about bunch of the ole' dos command days. Can we still use them in Windows 7, I have not had that os yet and like my xp ...


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#11
January 16, 2012 at 06:07:38
Glad to here you got it fixed. DOS hasn't been part of Windows since 98/ME days. You can still get a command prompt and some commands still work.

Windows 7 is for the most part better than WinXP.


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