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Hard Drive wont Open Unless I Format It

  1. #1


    John Mc Esq Guest

    Hard Drive wont Open Unless I Format It

    I have a 80 gig external Hard Drive with 1 corrupt file and a lot of other
    good files in it. It was connected to a computer running XP. After upgrading
    this same computer to Home Premium Vista,I am unable to OPEN this Hard Drive
    unless I Format the whole drive? Vista is forcing a format on a H/D with
    files on it that I need to keep??
    I would be enormously grateful if there are Any Ideas on how I can retreive
    my files, from this H/D??

    Thank You....

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  2. #2


    Malke Guest

    Re: Hard Drive wont Open Unless I Format It

    John Mc Esq wrote:
    > I have a 80 gig external Hard Drive with 1 corrupt file and a lot of other
    > good files in it. It was connected to a computer running XP. After upgrading
    > this same computer to Home Premium Vista,I am unable to OPEN this Hard Drive
    > unless I Format the whole drive? Vista is forcing a format on a H/D with
    > files on it that I need to keep??
    > I would be enormously grateful if there are Any Ideas on how I can retreive
    > my files, from this H/D??
    >
    > Thank You....


    Connect the drive to a machine running XP and try to get your files. If
    that doesn't work, then connect the drive and boot to a rescue system
    like Knoppix or a Bart's PE to retrieve the files. If that doesn't work,
    perhaps data recovery software will work. These are guesses because I
    really don't know what error messages you're getting and what the "one
    corrupt file" has done to make the drive unreadable to Vista.


    Malke
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  3. #3


    Johnson, Esq. Guest

    RE: Hard Drive wont Open Unless I Format It

    I have the identical problem, with multiple external HDDs, all connected by
    USB. I have confirmed that I can easily access the files via an XP machine,
    so the drives are operational and fine. With 100 gig or so on one of these
    drives, and about 40 on the other, I do not have the on-board HDD space (or
    the inclination) to pull these files over. I even have this problem with a
    manufacturer's PARTITION, which shows as Drive D. That partition is on the
    same physical drive as my C drive, which obviously works fine.

    "John Mc Esq" wrote:

    > I have a 80 gig external Hard Drive with 1 corrupt file and a lot of other
    > good files in it. It was connected to a computer running XP. After upgrading
    > this same computer to Home Premium Vista,I am unable to OPEN this Hard Drive
    > unless I Format the whole drive? Vista is forcing a format on a H/D with
    > files on it that I need to keep??
    > I would be enormously grateful if there are Any Ideas on how I can retreive
    > my files, from this H/D??
    >
    > Thank You....


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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