External hard drive wanting me to format it.

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Feb 17, 2011
  1. kjb1686

    Member kjb1686 GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 30, 2009
    Olean New York
    United States
    I have a seagate 320gb that has some data on it that i wish to keep however windows wishes me to format my hard drive before i can use it. I have a lot of data i don't wish to lose so i was wondering if there was a tool to help me recover my data. I have tried Easeues Data Recovery and that didn't help at all. Delete this thread i didn't mean to post twice.
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  2. Nujui

    Member Nujui I need something to do.

    Aug 12, 2010
    United States
    May want to put a spoiler so that people can see.
  3. FAST6191

    Reporter FAST6191 Techromancer

    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Three main scenarios I see this under

    Failing drive
    External USB drives, especially one that I presume to be as old as that (320 has not been standard size for few years now), are prone to this. Windows often has a hard time with failing drives as well.

    Failing USB ports
    Usually about 6 years in I see these starting to give up the ghost especially on cheaper motherboards. One possible symptom is "this port is only USB1.1, click here to see a list of high speed ports" although it can be the result of the scenario below as well. Another is devices that suck down a bit of power (things that charge or can be used sans (good) battery on USB being the big two for more)
    Good news is PCI USB cards are all of $10 USD and the PCMCIA ones are nominally more expensive if you happen to be stuck with a laptop.

    Badly configured or bad drivers for USB ports/motherboard.
    BIOS sorts the configured part (even locked down vendor nastiness can usually have this done)- it will probably say something like legacy USB support. Disable it if you have to (keyboards and the like should still work fine) or if it has been put onto "always legacy" or another option that deals with hi speed support has been disabled then sort it. BIOS resets occasionally do it, updates occasionally do it, errors occasionally do it.
    Most USB drivers are windows only affairs (that is to say windows will have it sorted) but if you can find chipset drivers for your motherboard.

    In all cases I usually try using a linux liveCD (assuming it is a not a proper forensic grade job puppy linux usually comes through http://puppylinux.org/main/How%20to%20download%20Puppy.htm ) and you can punt it out through network shares* or to other USB drives or even in a pinch format another partition and stick things on there for a few minutes to allow you to grab things off)

    *stock puppy linux does not have sharing ability but you can access and write to other shares so set up a "allow users to change my files" share on windows and send things across a network.

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