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Question: Solved: recover files off hard drive with exfat format

I'm new to Vista. I bought a 320gig hard drive and a external case and formated it with EXFAT. Ran into some problems and now Vista won't read the drive. I've tried 9 different recovery programs but none works with EXFAT. Is there anything out there that will? (yes, I didn't know what I was doing when I formated it. I thought FAT was FAT!) Any help will be greatly appreciated -Dot

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Preferred Solution: Solved: recover files off hard drive with exfat format

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I'm currently trying to format a hard drive to exFAT. It's not my main one it will be used for sharing files on my home network. Apparently you can do it just by right clicking the drive and choosing format however I just have the NTFS option, I don't have exFAT. Is there something else I need to do or get so I can format it?

Answer:How do I format a hard drive to exFAT

This previous Seven Forums thread may answer your questions.

exFAT format??

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A friend of mine's hard drive was damaged so I replaced it and installed Windows XP on the new Hard drive. This was fine and no problem. In an effort to salvage some of his files from damaged hard drive I connected it as slave and windows recognised it with out a problem.

Now the tricky bit! I was able to access "My Documents" on the old HD but when I tried to open his folder(for his profile) I got an "Access denied" message. He then told me that he had a password on his previous windows profile. Since Windows is not booting from this HD and I don't have an option to enter a password, is there a way to access this folder?

I hope someone can help me.


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Hello, I recently got a new laptop computer and i was switching out the hard drives and everything. I thought i had moved all of my photography over to one of my other hard drives, but unknowingly formatted that hard drive. So now i have lost thousands upon thousands of precious photographs and memories.
I have tried a few programs here and there, but it really doesn't seem to be working.
Is there anything i can do? is there anybody that can help me?
Any help would be greatly appreciated, even if i get back just a few of my pictures that would be just fine.
I kind of need to do this within a couple days, i have to return the other computer back, but i can't without getting the data from the other hard drive.
I also do apologize if i put this into the wrong category.
I am also running windows Vista ultimate 32bit.

Answer:Recover from Hard drive Format?

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Have an SSD from a Dell Latitude E6410 in which i am trying to recover the files.  I put the drive in an external case and hooked into my other working laptop.  When i plug in the drive it asks if I want to format it.  And when going to Disk Management it looks like the drive is now in RAW format.  Any good ways to try and recover the data?  Should i select yes when it asks me to format?

Answer:Recover RAW Format Hard Drive

The ssd is either de trapped or written to death.  It no longer contains data.
If it reformats then it didn't have power and was in a hot environment for a few days.
TLC SSD's are cheap because instead of 100,000 writes SLC or 10,000 writes MLC its 1000 WRITES TO DEATH.
The detrapping issue is common across all types.

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I have an external WD 8TB My Book: My Book - External Hard Drive | Western Digital (WD)

It is formated in exFat. Could I do a quick format with NTFS? Would this cause any drawbacks?

Answer:Overwrite exFAT format of 8TB external drive with NTFS?

It won't cause any drawbacks other than erasing everything that is currently on the drive. I would start with the clean command in diskpart. Just make sure you have the correct drive selected!

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I have an external WD 8TB My Book: My Book - External Hard Drive | Western Digital (WD)

It is formated in exFat. Could I do a quick format with NTFS? Would this cause any drawbacks?

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It is a 64 GB Toshiba USB drive (TNU). Problem is that every time I try to format to NTFS the normal way with Windows 7 or Windows 8 I get the message: Windows was unable to complete the format.

I tried to format it using the specific software from the drive manufacturer, TNA.

A friend managed to format it to FAT32, but the next time I tried to access the drive Windows showed a message saying that I needed to format the drive to use it. Then there appeared only the exFAT option.

I also tried some partition software, like AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition, and it could format to both FAT32 and NTFS, but when I removed and put the USB drive back Windows again warned me about the need to format and again I had only the exFAT option left.

Please, help me with that, it's driving me crazy!


Answer:I need to to format exFAT USB flash drive to NTFS/FAT32

It's possible that the thumb drive itself is defective.

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Would prefer to format the flash 3.0 drive as NTFS but there are considerations for my usage.

These mainly have to do with putting backup images of the entire pc on the thumb drive. So the pc would have to be booted from the usb flash in the event of a restore. Would be using the Acronis disk to do so, but:

a) how can the thumb drive even be recognized with it being run via a pci card combined with its driver loaded for Windows XP (which is to say, before XP is restored) and aside from this...

b) is it possible to boot from a usb 3.0 port, to mount an image? Can it be NTFS or should it be exFat (exFat in itself would require a patch to run from Windows, yet XP again would only be present after the restore)

Whenever I've done a restore I've booted from an image on the hard drive from the Acronis disk, no problem.

Answer:Thumb Drive Format - NTFS vs exFat & XP/Windows

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I am using Windows 7 OS. I had two logical partitions, E & F. I saw an unallocated free space on my disk. I tried to to mount unallocated drive to another

logical drive , it asked for the folder,where I wanted to mount I gave one folder in E drive. it asked if i want to format...i said

no. and thats all,process completed! And just then I saw there was no other logical drive left...neither E nor F.
Now I can see only C drive and nothing else.
how to recover my hard drive and the files now?

Answer:How to recover my hard drive and the files?

Hi mpandey

I have deleted your other two posts for this same issue.
Please do not create duplicate threads. Continue replies for this issue in this thread.
If you feel your thread would receive more help in a different forum, please use the Report button at the bottom of your post and request it to be moved to that forum.
Thank you.

Also, it would help us help you, if you posted more information about your system.

Download the: TSG System Information Utility

Copy the results and paste them in your next reply.

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I need to get files from a laptop that died on me. It had an IDE hard drive (western digital 400), I have access to an emachines t2042 desktop. What do I need to connect the hard drive to the desktop. I'm clueless so be specific. Thank you.

Answer:recover files from hard drive

If the desktop is IDE .. and you want to get inside .. maybe this.

This should work with any computer .. with about any HD .. via USB

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I have a computer that is dead. No power even with a new power supply.I want to know if I can remove the hard drive hook it up to another computer and save my files.

Answer:Recover files from hard drive

QuoteI have a computer that is dead. No power even with a new power supply.I want to know if I can remove the hard drive hook it up to another computer and save my files.Yes connect it to another computer like you would a CD drive and in my computer it will appear in place of the CD you can open it and recover all data, disconnect the CD rive Cable and attach it to your hard drive that you wish to recover data from.

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PC would noT start, so I have removed hard drive to recover some important files before doing a full re-set which will wipe clean.I have done this with a lap top hard drive and I have a 'special' cable with USB (I think its a USB IDE cable?), which plugs in to another computer, then you simply read it as another drive and copy files over.But, my cable does not fit seemingly fit the hard drive.Does anyone know what cable to buy?Hard drive is a Samsung SP2504C (250GB)

Answer:Recover files from a hard drive

You need a SATA connector likely. Something like this below...see imageThen you can look around on here for USB to IDE\SATA cables....Newegg

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I've been trying for 3 days to rescue my files from my hard drive and so far this is what I've tried.

-Windows is an infinite loop diagnosing and repairing on start up saying it's trying to fix disk errors.
-I jump into safe mode but that doesn't help it does the same thing.
-I open up a cmd from recovery mode, the only drives I can access are D, E, F, G, H, and X but it does detect the C drive.
-I just can't access it, I get a I/O error when I just to run commands on that drive.
-I tried repairing the RMB boot(I think that's what it's called?) That didn't work.
-I boot into linux and try to force mount the drive but I get an error saying that I need to disable Hybernate/fast boot to be able to mount it.
-Jump back into recovery mode and open up a command prompt and try to run the command "powercfg /h off",
it says powercfg isn't a command.
-I run the "Dir" on "X:/Windows/System32" but most of the system32 files are gone
along with the one that allows me to run the "powercfg" command.
I've also tried using a restore point but there aren't any and I've also tried refreshing the pc but that doesn't seem to be working either.

I'm at a lose and I really just want to rescue my files.

My last idea was to install windows on an external HDD and try to see if I can rescue my files within windows.

Any ideas would be really appreciated and I'm willing to try anything ... Read more

Answer:Trying to recover files from hard drive.

It sounds as though the drive has failed. and recovery from it isn't going to be easy. Doe the drive appear in BIOS in the boot order?

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We have two computers in my house... One day the older computer stopped booting past bios and since we had the other one, we didn't care... The problem is that we think that it stopped working because of the hard drive. When we pluggled the hard drive into my computer, it also woulnd't go past bios. Now, I am not very sure if we installed it right... It wouldn't show anything at all if it wasn't installed right, correct? Anyways...The hardrive (a WD Cavier Blue - WD800BB) has tons of pictures of my baby that I would be devastated to lose, and since I have no idea how to retrieve those pictures, I am here for help.

The hard drive doesn't make any clicking noises, which means that it probably doesn't have physical problems (I read that somewhere) Sooo... what do I do?

Sorry I don't have much information to give. I have no idea what kind of information you guys need or where to find it. I don't have very much knowledge when it comes to hardware, so please use "dummy language" with me, Thanks!

Answer:Hard drive not booting, need to recover files

I'm sure you didn't mean to write "pluggled", but I think it's great word.
What's the make and model of your computer?
This is a PATA drive, so the jumpers must be set correctly. Slave or Cable select should work if it's on the same channel as the other HD.
Do know if the HD is spinning?

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My mom is so distraught!!! Here's what happened:

My nimrod of a dad (whom I love dearly) thinks he knows all there is to know about computers (including fixing them). Really, all he knows is how to mess with the settings, then he tries to fix whatever he did, and makes it worse. My mom then calls me, and I go and spend a few hours fixing what my dad "fixed" in the first place. Except this time.

My mom was out, and my dad was trying to "fix" one of his mistakes. The screen froze on him, so he shut it down, and started it back up. He then decided it would be best to just erase the entire hard drive and start from scratch. And, no, he didn't back ANYTHING up!!!

Both my mom and dad are computer illiterate. My mom has no problem admitting this, but you'll never hear my dad say it! I've given them things to do on a weekly/monthly basis, including step by step instructions. One of these things is backing up the hard drive. They've never done it! My mom used to, but when they got a new computer (a couple years ago), my dad lost the instructions on how to do it.

So, all of my moms stuff (including hundreds of photos) is gone (my dad just uses the internet and screws up the settings). Is there ANY way to recover what was erased, or is she just screwed?

Thanks in advance,

Answer:Can you recover files after erasing a hard drive?

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Hello,I have in my possession a hard drive that the recovery program had been run on, in error. It formatted over hundreds of Word and Excel documents as well as Outlook emails etc. So, I am trying to recover them.I ran PC Inspector File Recovery program and it found hundreds of files, the folders were green in color, meaning the chances of success of recovery were good. I recovered some Word documents. They appear normal, but when I open them they are all encrypted, or at least look like they are. I was offered the opportunity to change the way Word reads them, but none of the settings worked.Then I ran DataRecovery program. It found 37,000 recoverable files. When I recovered an Excel file the icon looked perfectly normal. Here is a screenshot:When I open the file, it looks like this:Any ideas?

Answer:How Do I Recover Files If The Hard Drive Has Been Formated?

After running into a similar issue myself at onetime, you need to find and obtain the Personal key Certificate you used when you made these encrypted files, and then install it in trusted certificats on your PC to be able to decrypt the files. If you already have that personal key, and the old SID of the machine, you could use a program like NEWSID to recreate the environment - and then decrypt them using the cypher command while logged on as an administrator. I used to have a link to some pages explaining how to do this, but since I back up my keys now - after that one time, I discarded them.

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My friends' windows installation is corrupted and he asked me if I could recover some of his documents from the hard drive. I plugged the hard drive into my computer and I can see the files but I can't open them because it says I don't have the user security privileges. Anybody know of a way that I can copy the files to my computer and be able to open them?

Answer:How can I recover NTFS files from a hard drive?

You need some file recovery software. Search on google for them, most have free trials so you can at least see what it will recover.

I use PC File Scavenger, works best for me.

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Hi guys. My friend's sister managed to spill some alcohol on her laptop, basically killing it. Now she wants her pictures from the hard drive. I have the hard drive in a caddy plugged into my computer. When I try to access it, Windows says I need to format the drive. What're my options for recovering data off it?

Answer:Recover files of damaged hard drive

I know many ways to recover files but first are you sure that the spillage did not affect the Hard Drive?
Some ways involve spending some money, which I'm sure you want to avoid it.

#1 Download Test Disk for windows on your desktop >unxip > look for testdisk_win.exe. Click create a new log, right after this you will see all Hard Drives...highlight the one you are interested click proceed > click Intel > click analyze at this point you will or will not see partition on your hard drive. In any case > click Quick Search....If you find the partition that you looking for highlight click add you will have to enter the starting and ending sector, same with heads and cylinders...In some cases when TD see no errors it will show you dialog at the bottom if you want to write to MBR's what you are seeing... Documentation.

The other way is to download Xubuntu (or Ubuntu) Desktop edition burn the iso file Run the disk...look under Administration drop down menu for Synaptic package manager. click search enter NTFS and hit enter...right click on the packages and mark for installation you are looking for Admin tools for NTFS...then type in search "mountall" same thing mark for installation, you can as well install Test Disk on Linux...After installation see if you can access your drive
Oh you must enable read & write NTFS Drives. Look for this under Administration drop down menu..
the command for test test disk is (you must use... Read more

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Can anyone help me please. About one week ago I started experiencing a clicking sound coming from my Satellite L40 laptop. My laptop froze and when I restarted it, I was directed to the system setup with a message at the bottom saying
"Pri Master Hard Drive Disk SMART status bad, Backup and replace.
Press F2 to presume."

I have pressed F2 but I haven't a clue what to do?

Can anyone tell me how to backup my files before my hard drive has completly gone or if it has gone can I use another device to get them off.

I have tried to use the recovery disk but the disk is not responding??

Please help


Answer:Satellite L40: How do I recover files from Hard Drive


This messages looks like an warning notification from the S.M.A.R.T.
It does mean that your HDD will eventually fail.
It could happen next days or it may not happen for a few months but the SMART capability has detected that the drive is going bad so it should be replaced as soon as possible.
It looks like your notebook is not very old so the warranty should cover all replacements.

I see only one way to access and backup the data. Possibly you could buy an external USB SATA HDD enclosure and could connect the HDD to another computer.
I?m not sure if you will be able to access the HDD due to the malfunction but if you want you could try this.

Good luck

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A friend has a computer that will not start up properly and she has given it to me to try to recover some files that she needs. Although I can't verify it yet I think that she has a virus or something - on start up it trys to connect to the net and when it can't it reboots.

She and I have the same make and model computers running Windows XP Home. My question is this: Can I pull her hard drive out and connect it as a slave on my computer so that I can access the files she needs? It seems like that should work, but I don't want to do something that would compromise my computer.

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Swapping hard drive to recover files

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I got some virus and something went wrong with my computer starting i tried to reformat and reset to factory settings but I shut down my computer halfway through the procedure. the reformat completed but the reset did not. I need to recover all of my files from the hard drive from before the reformat please help me. thank you.

Answer:need to recover files from a formatted hard drive

Got a ton of money? The pros can get $2000 and up for that.You can try something like this.... look around for a free version....

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Hey everyone,

I'm hoping you can help me recover data from my laptop hard drive. The machine is a Dell purchased in 2006, the drive is a 100g seagate IDE. The drive has a (somewhat) recent WinXP SP3 install. The information that wasn't backed up from the drive is priceless - the drive itself I don't care about.

Two days ago, I performed a windows defrag on my laptop. Once completed, the system was running extremely slowly - taking 30 seconds to open folders, etc. I rebooted, and encountered the same problem. Realizing something was very wrong, I attempted to start getting important files off the machine - but it crashed. Following that, I began getting BSODs. They give the error "Unmountable_Boot_Volume". I immediately purchased an external hard drive USB adapter, hoping I could save the files and format the drive. When I hook my laptop hard drive up to a second laptop (running Vista), Windows recognizes the drive, but can't browse it or anything else, and the Vista machine begins to struggle and pause when the drive is connected. Vista eventually says that the disk must be formatted before it can be used, which of course I don't want to do.

While connected via USB, I tried a couple of data recovery programs, PC Inspector File recovery and VirtualLab. Both gave NTSC read errors during the process, and one of them was eventually able to locate deleted files on the disk - unfortunately, I'm not looking for any of the files that had alr... Read more

Answer:Recover Files from Laptop Hard Drive

you could try this
Create a UBUNTU liveCD

You can put this into the CD/DVD drive and boot the operating system from the CD
then hopefully
You should see the Harddrive and be able to copy files across to a USB drive
I did this on a PC last wednesday and copied 7.2GB of there important data
hopfully this will work unless the harddrive is really broken

if you freeze the harddrive - you can copy data off - this has been suggested a few times here and worked - BUT BE VERY careful water and electrics are not good

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I have reinstalled XP on a new hard drive and formatted the hard drive that contained the previous XP installation. I omitted to save my favourites from the formatted drive. Does anybody know a reliable way to retrieve the lost file

Answer:Recover files from a formatted hard drive

click heredon't think there is a free answer to this question,good luck...

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On my family's oldest computer (a Dell Dimension 8200, running Windows XP), we have recently gotten an error message that reads as follows.

"WARNING: Dell?s Disk Monitoring System has detected that drive 0 on the primary EIDE controller is operating outside of normal specifications. It is advisable to immediately back up your data and replace your hard-disk drive by calling your support desk or Dell Computer Corporation.

Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility."

Now, it says to back up the files immediately, but when I try and start up the computer, it takes forever but can get to the User Accounts screen (where you choose as whom you want to log in). When you select someone, it crashes and reboots. In my opinion, this computer is so out of date that we should just get rid of it, but my dad still thinks there are documents that he wants to save. I'm trying to just get the files off this machine and stored somewhere (on a different network computer or external hard drive on the network), but I can't access the files from anywhere.

I have the recovery console option or safe mode, but I have never used either of these, so I don't want to mess things up further. Any help would be appreciated!


(PS - If it really is a dud, just let me know?)

Answer:Recover files from (corrupted?) hard drive

Now I get a blue screen (Can't even get to login page!) that reads

*** STOP: 0x000000ED (0x822E5590,0xC000014F, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)"

I have no idea what any of this means!

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HelloI just reinstalled windows xp on a computer which was having problems with win xp installation. I do not remember how I reinstalled it but I somehow forgot to save a few data files I would like to have kept. Does anyone know of any utilities including freeware and non freeware to try to scan the hard disk and recover the files in case they still exist and the problem is that they are just not indexed by the file system?Thankshttp://www.arreglaordenador.comIn-home technical services for computers to individuals and small companies. Arganda, Madrid, Spain

Answer:recover data files from PC'S hard drive

Try using recuva. Get it at the link below.

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Does anyone know of any good software to recover lost files from a hard drive?

I have a drive which was booting properly before, running XP that began to hang indefinitely during the boot process. The bios recognizes the drive, but the OS doesn't appear to load from the disk. No messages are displayed, it just hangs. If I boot from another HD with the 'problem' drive as a slave, the problem drive is reported as being unformatted.

I need to see if I can recover any files from the drive, and check the drive to see if the drive is worth saving.

Can anyone recommend any disk utility software bootable from a floppy which can do this?


Answer:Need Software to Recover Files on Hard Drive
And a freeware one:,fid,23067,00.asp#

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i have a hard drive that has not been used in 3 years due to a Multi-virus attack that made the OS unusable
i want to use a IDE to USB wire to try to recover some files off of it

my question is...
how do i connect a virus filled hard drive to my computer without geting infected by it?

the hard drive was from a computer with a Windows Me OS
my computer is runing on Windows XP Home SP2 and i have Norton SystemWorks installed
i do not know what viruses are on the hard drive

(sorry if this is the wrong place to post this but it was the closest thing to my problem i could find)

Answer:How Do I Recover Files From Bugged Hard Drive

info on how to get bugs off a floppy disk/USB memory stick might help me find a way to fix my problem

anyone know?

the best thing i can think of is to make a non admin user and connect the drive then use norton

EDIT: i tryed my way and it worked...but use bitdefender's online missed some bugs

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Any1 know of a way or if it is possable to recover files from a crrrupted hard dirve myself with an application or another way? I have many Digital photos on the hardrive and photoshop work. Any help tnx in advance.

Tnx, Bob

Answer:Corrupted Hard drive (recover files?)

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I'm desperate to recover 120GB of files from a hard drive. How can this be done when the old hard drive is corrupted?

Answer:How to recover files from a partitioned hard drive?

Use PhotoRec

yes it sounds like a photo program but it's much more than that.

I've used it several times to get data back, I recently had a drive that had a corrupt MFT and it got EVERYTHING back for me. Only drawback is that it renames everything to like 1,2,3,4,5 etc but at least I got all my data back! So I was happy!

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i have a hard drive that suddenly went corupt. i didnt format it but did have to buy a new hard drive which i needed anyways for more storage and i reinstalled windows 7. when i pluged in the hard drive it comes up as a drive but asked to be formatted before in use. how can i recover my files off it. i have tried to use easeus data recovery wizard but it always stops and takes for every and wont complete. but i know my files are still on the drive.

Its is disk I

Answer:corrupted hard drive (trying to recover files)

Hello cbwhat, welcome to Seven Forums!

When the Hard Disk Drive is connected does it show up in Windows disk management and if so does it have a drive letter.

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I am using windows 7 ultimate.
Today I booted the computer and it went to a message that said preparing desktop. After windows loaded the normal software was present, but my customized links were gone and the default background was present. My files that were in my normal user folders were not present, but were later located in the users/username folder. I moved some of these folders to the desktop as that is where they had previously done. In the users folder there were 3 folders (public, my username and whatever the new default user was called). When I restarted the computer everything came back to normal, except the folders of files I had placed on the new desktop. I went into the user folder, but it only had my current user and the public folders.

How do I recover the files from the desktop from the random corrupted profile that windows created which I can not manually log into? I searched for the files and the last record of them is linked to my user and says the shortcut is not valid. I tried a system restore and that did not help at all.



Answer:Help! Recover missing files from the hard drive.

Welcome to SevenForums NickMc46, give us your system specs and how long has this ultimate version been installed, any hard drive reconfiguration recently?

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Hi Is it possible to recover deleted files from an external hard drive or flash memory? If so, can someone explain how this is possible? I thought that once you had deleted a file, that was it..?

Answer:Can i recover deleted files from an external hard drive?

Quote: Originally Posted by Double

Hi Is it possible to recover deleted files from an external hard drive or flash memory

Not with certainty. It's hit and miss. Don't count on it.

"Deleting" in effect removes the file from the drive's "index" so it can't be found by standard means.

Specialized software may still be able to locate and recover the file if that space on the hard drive has not actually been overwritten and occupied by another file.

Recuva and GetDataBack are two such programs.

Some free software will tell you if the file can be recovered, but may make you pay to actually recover it.

The original file name may be lost.

Then there are professional data recovery services that examine the drive in a laboratory for a high fee--$1000 or more. Such services may have a higher degree of success.

I've fiddled with the free software a few times, but never had much luck.

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Hey Guys,

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. The end result is I need to recover the Documents and Settings folder on my HDD. Here is the scenario:

About two weeks ago, I came home to a dead computer. The fans were on in the case, but the monitor was off. Every time I rebooted, the same happened. I finally had to send my motherboard and CPU in. Intel sent me a warranty replacement Dual Core 2 2.4Ghz processor and ASUS sent me a new motherboard. However, it was not the original. It was the same type of board but the premium model (P5N32-SLI Premium, original was Deluxe) as they didnít have mine in stock.

While I waited for the new components to arrive, I was able to hook up my old hard drive to my brotherís computer. The hard drive is a SATA Western Digital 250GB. I was able to grab a few files off but didnít need any others at the time. Plus, the hard drive seemed to working fine so I had no reason to think it would be a problem to get files off in the future.

When I finally got the components back, I hooked everything up. The computer posted with no problem so I went through and configured the BIOS to my liking. Upon reboot, I received an error along the lines of ďNo Operating SystemĒ found. I rebooted but the same occurred. I then put in my Windows XP Pro CD thinking that maybe the new motherboard was giving Windows a problem. When I went through to choose the ďRĒ Repair option (NOT Recovery Console), it should ask me which Windows installation I wou... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Corruption - Need to Recover Important Files!

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I will start off by saying that I have 3 hard drives, a 60gig (Main HD with windows), a 40gig (Old HD used for Storage) and a 160gig (Music, Pictures and Video Projects). A couple days ago my computer froze and when I started it up again it said it was missing a important windows file. I ended up reinstalling windows then reformatting and installing windows again. There is nothing wrong with my 40gig and my 60gig is now clean with only windows, however I have lost access to my 160gig. It comes up in device manager and says its working but I does not come up in Disk Defrag or management. I'm very confused on what to do and help would be very appericated. I have a lost of time I invested in the 160 gig and I hate to see all the data i've worked so hard on being lost. Any idea on how I can possibly get the HD working again or at least recover the files before I have to reformat? Please Help!!!!!

Answer:Backup Hard Drive Probelm, need to recover files. Please Help!!

Can you see the HDD in BIOS?

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I think I'm screwed but I want someone to tell me in writing. Yesterday I was on my computer when my hard drive started making a clicking sound ("click of death" from what I gather). My computer immediately froze and I had to hold down the power button to get it to turn off. It won't turn back on. I can't start it in safe mode and when I tried to use the recovery CD it said there was no hard drive. Since then I've been using my friend's laptop and searching all over the internet for answers. I booted it with a Linex live CD tonight but I can't access any files (confusing, I don't know if I'm doing it right).

I bought my Compaq computer online in 2006. It came with Microsoft Office 2003 installed on it so I don't have a disk. I've upgraded to Office 2007 since then but downloaded it online so I don't have a disk for it either. All I have on disk is Office 2000. I backed up my Documents and Settings a few months ago but that does me no good if I don't have the software to go along with it.

Paying a professional costs a mint and I don't know if they would be able to recover anyway. Do I have any hope? Do you think I should try a new logic board or should I just give up and start over with a new hard drive and new software (with all of that extra money I most certainly don't have)?

Answer:Dead hard drive. Possible to recover files w/out professional?

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My harddrive have 3 partitions. I accidentily formatted the one that I need. The Windows files are not in there, but almost every programs that I installed is installed in that partition. Now, I could launch any program, it says Avast snxhk.dll is missing. If I try to launch a portable program from my use, I get this "file system error (-1073741515)" message. What should I do?

Answer:[emergency] Recover files from formatted hard drive

If you can run it from one of the other partitions, this may bail you out:

How to Recover formatted Windows 7 partitions with Windows 7 Unformat software?

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My friend has been using AutoCAD on fairly new Windows 10 install. No problems till today when he got an error stating he needed to reinstall the OS. I didn't see the error before he shut down. To be safe he pulled his hard drive and asked me to backup his personal files using a USB enclosure, before reinstalling OS.No problem right? I've done this for other people many times in older OSs, but this is the first time I've seen Windows 10 file structure. I plugged in the drive and found that I can't access files in the OS partition. I can't crack it. Basically, it can't get the rights to see files there. I actually plugged the enclosure into an old XP computer I had laying around and was able to see some folders and files, but no personal files.
Can any of you help me understand where his files are located on the drive and how I can access them?

Answer:Recover personal files from hard drive using USB enclosure.

Hi W10 is pretty new . Have you thought about using Linux OS to recover the data!

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I have a Lenovo IdeaCentre K210 desktop. My hard drive ran out of room and now will not boot. I tired using 'safe mode' to delete some old files and I did recover some extra hard drive space but it still will not boot. (The .exe file that starts the OS appears to be hidden in a special 'Lenovo created partition and I am unable to find it in safe mode.)

I hooked my hard drive to another computer (using a USB device) to recover my data files but all of my data files are missing my latest saves? I seems that Lenovo creates a special type of file or partition called 'dynamic buffer.' I can only assume that my most recent saves are located there and are placed on 'C drive' when I 'release the dynamic buffer' (of course did not happen when the hard drive became full.)

Lenovo web site has a 'recovery' program but (if I understand correctly) it reformats the hard drive and reinstalls the OS. If this is true, all my data would be losted.

My best solution would be to be able to 'boot up' from my hard drive. I tried the OS cd to repair the boot problem but apparently it does not know where the special .exe file is and nothing is fixed.

The second best solution would be to find a software program that can extract my data from my hard drive. Anyone know of one?

Answer:Need to recover data files from Lenovo hard drive

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I recently download a backup program that deleted everything off my external hard drive. There is now basically nothing on my external, so I doubt any data was overwritten. I have a Western Digital 800BB External USB 2 with FAT32. I've tried almost every program I can get a freeware/trial version of and haven't had any luck. A few of them have shown me some of the files I am interested in but are missing quite a few I want. I've also tried restoring a few .avi files that did show up and all I get is a bunch of my mp3 files oddly strung together. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Ok, in my excitement and haste, I managed to format and install an OS on the wrong hard drive...

Long Story Short:

I used to be on 2 hard drives. a 250gig primary and a 300gb data HD. I had thousands and thousands of songs, videos, pics, and software on the 300 gig, and somehow when I went to format my new 1tb drive, managed to select the wrong drive instead; I lost everything and didn't realize it until it was done.

I was told by a buddy that there are programs for retrieving lost files and formatted hard drive. I have tried a few, but they all, including EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard, find all the files the New OS installed, rather than what was there beforehand.

For the specific purpose of not overwriting the files that are still there, I haven't used it since, aside from installing programs on my new 1tb drive and trying to use them to salvage the data.

1) Is it possible to do what I'm trying to do, now that I've installed a new OS?
2) What software would you recommend I acquire in order to do it?
3) Anything else?
Thanks so much!!!


Answer:Formatted Hard Drive and Installed OS... Can I recover Files????

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My friend has a dell laptop, and now when they turn it on it just gets a black screen. I tried it, it just has a blinking cursor in the top left corner.
I booted to a linux mint cd, but when you try to mount the hard drive, it gives an error about the file system being half broken or something (sorry I don't have the exact error, but basically it said it couldn't mount and you should run chkdsk /f in windows)
So I took the hard drive out and put it in my usb drive dock. At first it seemed to add the drive, but, in explorer it only showed the dell recovery partition drive, not the main boot drive. I looked in computer management, and it doesn't show the drive at all, and then in explorer the dell recovery drive disappeared. Now explorer won't respond.
If I go to safely remove hardware it does show it as E and G, so I guess it's sort of seeing both the recovery and main drive partitions. I just clicked on it to safely remove but nothing is happening. Explorer is still not responding.
How should I proceed?

Answer:Trying to recover files from maybe dead laptop hard drive

10 minutes later safely remove finally comes up and says its safe to remove the drive (and explorer is no longer frozen) haha. I'm going to just turn off the dock for now and wait for some replies here because I'm not sure what to do next.

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Yesterday, I cleared the directory "Search Results" thinking it was a directory with only references to files, and not files themselves (such as the "Recent" file). When I noticed it started deleting 100k+ files (22 GB), I canceled it as I began to grow suspicious. For some reason, only a handful of files were in the recycle bin, so I restored those files thinking that my computer would return to its original state. To my surprise, I realized that there were several folders on my computer (C: drive) that were completely empty. Somehow the files in those folders were deleted and did not get restored properly. I tried utilizing the Windows System Restore and by choosing a restore point from several days back, yet the files that I deleted were simply gone. Is it possible for me to restore my hard drive to a previous date/time completely? This means that files that didn't exist before the date won't exist after the restore. If it is not possible on Windows alone, is there software that you can redirect me to? I have seen software that has done something similar to what I want, except it only allows individual files, while I would like a full drive restore. In case you all are wondering, I have yet to back up my hard drive (I'm using a fairly new computer) in any way.



Answer:Recover all files on hard drive from a previous date?

Quote: Originally Posted by IndividualPercy

I tried utilizing the Windows System Restore and by choosing a restore point from several days back, yet the files that I deleted were simply gone.

This should really be known as "Windows Operating System Restore" -- as that is what it does. When it makes updates to system files (as in the registry when you install an app), it saves off the current version of every file it changes. When you later do a restore, all it does is overwrite the current file with the one that it saved. It is not a "time machine" that will reset the entire system back to an older date.

Is it possible for me to restore my hard drive to a previous date/time completely? This means that files that didn't exist before the date won't exist after the restore.

This is what an image backup/restore does -- it makes a complete backup of an entire partition at a certain time. When you later restore from that backup, it returns the partition to the state it was in when the backup was taken. However, you have to do the image backup BEFORE you can do the restore.

If it is not possible on Windows alone, is there software that you can redirect me to? I have seen software that has done something similar to what I want, except it only allows individual files, while I would like a full drive restore. In case you all are wondering, I have yet to... Read more

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When I delete a file my hard drive it doesn't decrease space. Instead it keeps telling me my hard drive space is full when I know that's not the truth. I've tried going into safe mode and scanning with Malwarebytes and it didn't pick up anything. Then I tried Superantispyware and it picked up two Browser Hijack Objects and regular cookies. I thought maybe I caught it but when I booted by in regular mode my space still didn't decrease after deleting a huge file. What should I do next?

Answer:I can't recover hard drive space after deleting files

What is the total capacity of the harddrive and how large is the file you deleted?Excellent job scanning with both Malwarebytes and SuperAntispyware before posting your question!Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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Hello, I am having issues with my external hard drive. I cannot access the drive from computer or device manager. I do see the icon for the drive listed but any left or right-click freezes explorer. The drive is a 1TB Iomega USB drive. I have tried to run chkdsk on it but it will not run. I do not have access to another computer at this time to see if the drive works elsewhere.

2 things : I have gotten a popup on startup that I need to reformat the drive to be able to use it AND I have also seen the cyclic redudancy check error box. After searching for answers I believe the problem may have been caused by 1 or more instances of power loss to drive while connected to my desktop pc.

Any help retrieving my files & photos would be greatly appreciated!

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I had deleted a folder of important files by mistake and I really need them back.
is there any program to recover them or something? Please help!:cry

Answer:Can I Recover Files Deleted On a External Hard Drive?


You should be able too, so long as you have not been saving more files to that exHDD as the more files you save the less likely it is that you will recover what you want, as you delete a file its flagged up as an empty block to the OS but the data is still their (caveat to this is if you use secure deletion apps) so can be recovered, that is until the data block is needed.

So try the following apps

PC Inspector File Recovery

Do remember not to save the recovered filed to your external drive during recovery, save them to your C Drive.

If you are using the likes of Vista or Windows 7 then try right clicking the folder or drive the deleted folder was in and choose Properties > Previous Versions tab and look to see for a backup of before the folder was deleted and then double click that date to open then navigate to the folder you need and rigth click copy and paste to your desktop.

Pervious Versions is good tool but doesnt always work in XP or for external drives but worth a try.

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Does anyone know how i can manually recover my files. I would prefer to do it myself cause its free or if you can point me to some good freeware that will help me recover my files...if not please please please i will pay as long as i know i will get my files back.
i lost lots of mp3's and family pictures....this really sux

Answer:Formatted Hard Drive can i recover my files

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I had an Acer laptop which fell off the bed and stopped working. I now have been trying to recover my data from its hard drive for about 2 months. I connected it with my new laptop via USB and am using Remo Recovery Software to retrieve the files but the problem is, the hard drive keeps disconnecting every couple of minutes (there is a click every time it does). I would really appreciate some advice on how to fix this problem, reconnect it different or ideally what software would not stop the recovery when the hard drive disconnects but pause it and wait until it connects again. Thank you!

Answer:Hard drive keeps disconnecting - unable to recover big files

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
CPU Speed 2.00 GHz
Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive
Pioneer DVD-RW DurkD08l... Read more

Answer:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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So, the title basically says it all.

This is what happened:

My 1TB external hard drive worked just fine. I used to store there everything. It was using NTFS file system.
Last week I connected it to my laptop and it was really slow when I tried to move or delete files from my pc to the drive.
I disconnected and reconnected it to my laptop. Suddenly, it said that I had to format it! I couldn't even access it neither the files in it.
I managed to take some of the files to my laptop using recovery software and they are now safe.
I thought the trouble would be gone now. I thought now I would just format it and store my files again.
I was wrong. I can't even format it! I tried disk management, cmd, almos everything. I downloaded various programs to run tests and try to write everything zeros. Turned out quiting that cause it tells me it needs a lot of hours.

So: I tried a different approach that I was so stupid not to have tried yet. I tried formatting in other file system. I tried and it worked, well, almost... I can only successfully format it to exFat with the 'quick format' option enabled. If that option isn't enabled or I try to ormat it to NTFS, the formatting proccess takes forever or crashes. I would stay with my HDD formatted to exFat, but it is too slow...


Answer:Can't format external HDD, except to exFat and 'quick format' enabled

Hello mate.

Have a look through the information below, you may just need to let a full clean all run though it will take hours, it may be the best option if you need the HDD for storage and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


Open an elevated command window from the Windows desktop and run the clean command as listed in Method One of this first tutorial linked below to over-write just the disk format information, if that doesn't work use the clean all instead to completely over-write the entire HDD with zeroes then use Windows disk management to create the desired NTFS partition(s) needed. Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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Hi, I will be as concise as possible on this thread.
My hp pavilion dv6000 is running windows 10 currently the 1511 version. Pc is passworded and associated with Microsoft account. Somehow it developed fault that resulted to spark on the board resulting to system unable to power on. I have a new system but I need to transfer my files from the old laptop's hard drive so I used the socket that connects internal hard drive to another laptop as external hard drive via USB. it FAILED to install the hardware. It installs as unknown in device manager. I have tried on other sockets and PCs still noticed the same thing. Hard drive is healthy..
I am almost certain this has to do with windows 10 attempts to prevent me from losing my files to theft perhaps my hard drive was stolen, something that is obtainable in earlier versions of windows. However, that's just my guess.
Meanwhile I have NOT tried connecting the hard drive via IDE socket to try booting windows 10 on another laptop BUT I tried booting it as OS on external hard drive & it is not read by the laptop
I really need help on how to access the hard drive and get my files as the spoiled laptop shows no sign of coming up soon.

Answer:How do I restore and recover personal files from a Windows 10 hard drive?

Originally Posted by Choji Choji Hi, I will be as concise as possible on this thread.
My hp pavilion dv6000 is running windows 10 currently the 1511 version. Pc is passworded and associated with Microsoft account. Somehow it developed fault that resulted to spark on the board resulting to system unable to power on. I have a new system but I need to transfer my files from the old laptop's hard drive so I used the socket that connects internal hard drive to another laptop as external hard drive via USB. it FAILED to install the hardware. It installs as unknown in device manager. I have tried on other sockets and PCs still noticed the same thing. Hard drive is healthy..
I am almost certain this has to do with windows 10 attempts to prevent me from losing my files to theft perhaps my hard drive was stolen, something that is obtainable in earlier versions of windows. However, that's just my guess.
Meanwhile I have NOT tried connecting the hard drive via IDE socket to try booting windows 10 on another laptop BUT I tried booting it as OS on external hard drive & it is not read by the laptop
I really need help on how to access the hard drive and get my files as the spoiled laptop shows no sign of coming up soon.
Thanks Can you hear the HDD spin when you plug in the enclosure?
If so it may be recoverable if not, you will need a repair centre.
The other way to tell if your hard drive is faulty or not is to open disk management via right clicking the start menu. Plug in the us... Read more

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My 500 GB NTFS hard drive running windows vista DELETED all it's files except some of the most basic windows ones that where in use at the time.

This happened because I put the wrong setting into a program I was running, I now cannot boot up in vista, and I'm running Ubuntu from another hard drive in the same computer.

I have not used the HDD since this happened to avoid overwriting the deleted files, and I'm looking for a way to get all those 450 GB worth of files back.

Do you know of any software (freeware if possible) that can help me (it must be able to run from a cd or from linux)?

Answer:Software recommendation needed, to recover almost all the files on a hard drive.

I had to install windows on my other drive i was able to recover it all with a prog called 'freeundelete'.

No thanks to you guys...

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Computer died. Will not turn on. Motherboard has expired. So the Geek Squad backed up my hard drive onto DVDs for me. I had to go back and ask them to do the outlook express files, so I could recover my email. I even took them printouts with instructions on what to do.

You guessed it. What they gave me today is a CD with all the *.dbx files (in their folders), but I can't figure out how to import them into Outlook Express (loaded again on my new computer). When I click on 'import', I get an error message because it is looking for files that were saved in Outlook Express, not just saved as raw files.

There must be a way to work around this, but I don't know what it is. Can anybody help me? There are lots of things I need in those mail folders.

I see why people like web-based email like yahoo, where if your computer dies, your email is still allive....


Answer:recover Outlook Express mail files from hard drive

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My 500 GB NTFS hard drive running windows vista DELETED all it's files except some of the most basic windows ones that where in use at the time.

This happened because I put the wrong setting into a program I was running, I now cannot boot up in vista, and I'm running Ubuntu from another hard drive in the same computer.

I have not used the HDD since this happened to avoid overwriting the deleted files, and I'm looking for a way to get to get all those 450 GB worth of files back!

Do you know of any software (freeware if possible) that can help me?

Answer:Software recommendation needed, to recover almost all the files on a hard drive.

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Hi all, glad I found this forum, and am hoping somebody will help me out.

Here's the background to my issue. I have an older HP NC6220, XP Pro, with a Seagate 40gb ST94813A Momentus 5400.2.

While downloading pics from my camera to the hd, which I've done many times before, the laptop died. I think something with the power supply went bad. I pulled and re-installed the aux and main batteries, but could not get it to power up.

I bought a new HP G71 W7 laptop.

Someone suggested buying an external case for the old laptop's HD so I could get my files off of it. I did. The external case comes with two USB cables; one seems to be for power and one for data. I plugged the drive into it, making sure the one missing connector matches up with the same location on the pc board fo the holder.

I plugged it into my new laptop, the red light on the holder changes to green, but I get one of three results: driver missing, there is a problem, or no message at all. The drive does spin when plugged in with either or both cables.

I did go to the Seagate site, but all I could find on this drive was info related to the drive being inside a laptop. I could find nothing on accessing it in a holder. If you know of info there on how to do this, please send me a link to the section.

Then someone suggested that because the old laptop was XP Pro, the new W7 could not work with it. So I Plugged the thing into my homebuilt desktop that runs XP Pro. The light never turns green on the ho... Read more

Answer:Attempting to recover files from a removed laptop hard-drive

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Hey everybody. I have made the mistake of not backing up some important files on a computer at work. This computer was connected to an APC battery unit, which lost power. Now the computer won't start (even when connected to a normal outlet) and I need to recover these files by whatever means possible. I'll describe the troubleshooting I've done so far:

-Computer will not power on when connected to a known good outlet (CPU fan doesn't spin, no LED's come on).

-Disconnected power switch wires from motherboard. Connected wires to multimeter and verified continuity when pressing power button.

-Unplugged all power supply connections from motherboard and drives. Plugged power supply to a known good outlet. Shorted pins 15 and 16 on the 24 pin connector. Power supply fan runs. Checked voltages with a multimeter (3.3V, 5V, 12V) and all were very close, except one of the connectors which read 3.0V. (I read that this is out of spec, but not by much) It seems to me that there might be a motherboard or CPU problem, since it isn't starting at all (CPU fan does NOT spin when I press the power button, and no LED's come on).

-Removed hard drive from computer and connected this hard drive (via Power supply and SATA connections) to a known good computer. The other computer recognizes the hard drive in BIOS. However, within the Windows 7 OS, I can't see the files on the hard drive. Perhaps I'm oversimplifying the issue by thinking I can simply swap hard drives and access the files on the s... Read more

Answer:Need to recover files from dead computer. Can I read them directly from the hard drive?

Try booting into a Linux LiveCD and hooking the HDD up as a secondary drive (either internal or external - doesn't matter). See if Linux can read the drive since Windows can't.

One thing to check before doing that though is, while in Windows and the HDD hooked up, go to start > right click Computer > Manage... > click Disk Management on the left panel > and see if it is recognized there. See what options are there if it is there when you right click it.

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I recently performed a full system restore, and lost all my music files I had downloaded with limewire, and now they're all gone, and I had alot of music files I still needed to burn. How can I recover all the music files from my hard drive??? I hate to lose all my music files I had in my limewire library due to this full system restore that was un needed when I thought I had a virus, and took my dad all of 5 mins to fix, but also lost all of my pictures, and favorites as well, and Im trying to get them all back off of my hard drive. Just not sure on how to do it. Can someone please help me!!!! I have alot of family pictures, and really want to get my music files as well as all my favorites back. Plz help you guys. Its greatly appreciated!!!!​

Answer:Recover music files from hard drive due to full system restore

Most are no doubt gone forever. Depending on what the restore did to the drive, some may still be present. You can scan with recovery software for those. but you should stop using the computer because each second you run Windows from that drive, more files are overwritten and lost forever.

You might check in the root of the C: drive to see if files were saved in a folder from the previous installation. How much space is used on the drive now after the restoration? If a large amount, maybe some things were saved.

I'd suggest booting from a CD and not using that drive so more files can be spared. There is recovery software on Parted Magic.

Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image)
If you prefer a bootable USB key, download and run Linux Live USB Creator. Choose the Parted Magic distro, and it will download it and automatically create a bootable USB key.

This CD (or key) contains many useful tools. You can partition, recover files, recover lost partitions, make disk images (by several different methods), transfer files between media, scan for viruses (It can serve as an Alternative Trusted Platform for search and elimination of rootkits and bootkits), examine and benchmark hardware, access the internet, and much more.


If you have UBCD4Win, you can also run other recovery programs from that.

Free recovery applications:

Dr. Freeware Boot CD (also has partition tool, drive cloner and imager)
DiskDigger &... Read more

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I currently have a computer that will not properly boot, so I was wondering if there was a way to move all the files from my current hard drive to an external hard drive, then format the hard drive on the computer and reload the files I know are "clean" or would my only option be to buy a new hard drive, install windows xp on it, and then move the files from the old hard drive to the new one?



PS I have a 160gb maxtor external hard drive and a 160gb hard drive in my Dell Dimension 8400. I can also boot to the recovery console, but safe mode is quite difficult to access and I'm not 100% if I can even access it anymore. If you have any other questions just ask.

Answer:Move Files to external Hard drive to format

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I have a Cruzer Glide 64 gb with exfat. I've tried to reformat it to fat using the format command in my windows 7 but have no luck. The format screen appears but thats as far as it goes.
Please tell me how to format this in regular fat.

Answer:Solved: thumb drive with exfat

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Can somebody please help?
My C:\ is a WD300BB (Western Digital 30gb). I ran Disk Defragmentation and when i finished I ran Scan Disk. Scan Disk wanted me to restart first. With the Restart it never loaded my XP, instead I recieved a message to start up in "Safe Mode" or "Safe Mode With Networklng" or "Safe Mode with Comand Prompt" or "Normal Windows".
No matter which one I choose, my Computer starts up, up to the black screen with the XP logo and blue bar showing progress. The next moment it just restarts again.
I think my partition table is broken.
I've tried fixing the problem by booting with XP cd and restore/fix, with no success. It wants me to format the HDD and re-install XP.
There is no software tool from hard drive manufacturer that I can find.
I've even made a old 20gb HDD as my C:\ (master) and installed XP on it, then connected my 30gb HDD as slave to try and recover the data. My 30gb is displayed in explorer and Disk Management, but it is not accessable.

How can I retrieve/save my data from that HDD? Or how can I fix my HDD?

I will apreciate all help.

Answer:Solved: Recover data on hard drive

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On My XP MCE I wanted to print an interesting file and started the CTRL and P. When it was taking a very long time to load the data I realized there would be a multitude of pages to print and the only way I could interrupt the process was to power off. Upon reboot, it kept cycling offering a screen with choices -- Safe, Last known normal, etc. It did not matter which I selected it would cycle and return to that screen. Giving up, I replaced the HD and now I would like to recover the data. I have the failed drive in an external case and when I try to access it I get, "Corrupted file -- cannot access". The HD with the corrupted file is a WD SATA 250G. Is there software that will allow me to gain access to the data? I have the files backed up on another drive but the last back up was two months ago. Thank you for considering my question.

Answer:Solved: Recover Hard Drive Data

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Hey, I'm currently using Windows 7 and when I turned on my computer today it said something about needing to scan my hard drive. I let it begin but after 30 minutes I decided to turn my computer off because I had to get onto it to reply to an important email. When I rebooted it, I checked the hard drive and its now empty. In disk management it shows up and says its active and healthy, however if I right click onto it I have the option to format it. Also, if I try to drag a file onto it, a window pops up saying "could not find this item, this is no longer allocated in Computer. Verify the items location and try again."

Is there any way to get my files back?

Answer:Hard Drive stopped working, need to format an lost all files.

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there is a program called "recover my files" that boasts being able to recover files from a formatted disk, even if you have re-installed windows, is this really possible, is there no way of safely deleting data that doesnt involve destroying the HHD???

Answer:Solved: recover files from formatted drive

I've no personal experience, but claims made by quite a few of the makers of programs like you mentioned, support the statement that formatted drives / files can be recovered.....and, overwritten data, that is overwritten very hard to recover but still at least doable by those dedicated enough with the right tools.

In our forums here at TechGuy, we are often asked for help with file recovery, and I have read threads where there was some success with data still being found.

It depends....

Some of the better Data suites claim that recovery of a whole partition is possible.
There are also, very much more thorough file wiper utilities around that can "shred" files so they are much much less able to be recovered....

Think hard before you install one.... they can instantly cause you a great deal of problems in the wrong hands so it computers areound yu are used by need to ensure some security.

Or, use the file shredders after the computer is ready to be passed along, or sold.

The only sure way is to physically destroy the drive, a tank would do a good job...... stick it in your woodstove for a few days....

I dunno...personally, I still can use a laptop hard drive that was inside a laptop that exploded, and burned here in my home.

It was in an IBM ThinkPad that had a bad battery and caught fire on my workbench! The whole laptop b... Read more

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I had this idea, see if anybody has an opinion about this. my wife has an old ex computer I want to buy her a new one but she doesn't like the vista and she wants to keep the old xp operating system. What I want to do is take the old hard drive and put it in the new computer as the master and take the new hard drive and put it in as the slave erasing the vista off it. Then using the master slave way can I transfer the xp operating system and all her files and data from the old hard drive to the new one.

Answer:Variation on this theme,format Vista HDD and then install XP hard drive and files

NOT as easy as it sounds is about any OS. Vista adds a few extras to the mix

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I seem to have lost an entire folder from my personal flash drive containing all of my household budget/income/finances information!

I plug this USB drive mostly into my computer at work, which is on a huge network and very protected by our IT department, meaning I don't have administrator priveleges on the machine/can't install anything and probably can't recover anything.

I hesitate to ask for our IT department's help becuase they are... uh... not very helpful even when it's work-related. :-(

Where could my files have gone??!! They are not in my deleted folder. Can I get them back??


Answer:Solved: How do you recover files deleted from a flash drive?

You'll probably need to install some data recovery software. If this is your personal drive then you can do the recovery at home where you should be able to install software to run a recovery.

Free recovery program:

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?

Answer:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?

Answer:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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I have two hard drives on a computer. I started reformatting the secondary drive, which doesn't have the operating system on it, and realized soon after I started that it has some important data on it. It had barely started when I cancelled it. Now the drive needs to be formatted to be used. Is there a program that can recover deleted data from an unformatted hard drive?

Answer:Solved: Cancelled reformat hard drive, trying to recover data

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Question: exFAT format??

I just built a new machine and want to test my luck with Win 7 on it. The OS HD is a SSD so I am really interested in using the exFAT format. A few of my friends said they were able to format their HD's to exFAT during the Win 7 install but for some reason, while my install allows me to format the HD, it does not allow me to choose the type of just formats NTFS. My other machine running Win 7 has a second HD attached...only option for formatting there is NTFS as well. can I format this SSD in exFAT without pulling it out and connecting it to another machine?

Answer:exFAT format??

First off Welcome to the seven forums!

There are two things to know first about seeing a drive formatted to the exFat file system. 1)Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and now 7 can only format any drive or partition to the NTFS or NT File System. Your friends obviously a 3rd party tool or recent MS driver update package 2) seeing the decription for that at Description of the exFAT file system driver update package

As you will see there the exFat option replaces the old Fat32 for the recent growth of removable devices like usb hard drives, flash drives, pen drives, and support for volumes over the 32gb limit seen with Fat32 itself. The term exFat refers to "extended Fat" or "extended File Allocation Tables".

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I recently had to install Windows on another hard drive because of a problem on my previous drive. I can still access that drive from my new drive, but i need to recover important files/folders from my Outlook Express on the old drive. Right now i'm using the standard Outlook Express that comes with XP Pro, but if i remember correctly on the old drive i upgraded it to Microsoft Office 2003 Outlook...don't know if that matters...

Answer:Solved: How do i recover files/folders from Outlook Express on a different drive?

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I installed a new hard drive and have some errors when booting up. I just want to format the drive and start over but it wont let me format saying cant use with this version of dos........please help!

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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I have a windows 95 operating system computer. I need to load windows 98 to it.I was told that the Windows 98 Full O.E.M. version cannot be used I have to buy the windows 98 upgrade. The problem is I already purchased the Full version over e-bay is it true that even if I format the hard drive the O.E.M. still cannot be used?

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

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I am trying to format my hard drive using the Windows XP CD. (I have Windows XP Pro installed on my computer).

The computer boots from the CD OK.
Then loads Files.
Then "setup is starting Windows".
"Welcome to Setup".
"To set up Windows XP now Press Enter".
Then I get the following message.
"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer. Make sure that any disk related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufactures supplied diagnostic or setup program.
Setup cannot continue. The quit setup Press F3."

I have ran check disk twice with no results. I have downloaded a program called kill disc to a floppy but am reluctant to use it if I have underlying problems. The hard drive appears to work fine as do all the programs. The computer has been checked for viruses and spywear etc. and is clean.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:Solved: Why can't i format my hard drive?

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i installed linux then decided i wanted windows back so i tried to format the hard drive it wouldnt format, i looked at the file system and it says raw, what do i do???!!! i need that hard drive!!!

Answer:Solved: cant format hard drive

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I have a new harddrive I have run seatools on it to clear everything having done this I tried to format the harddrive but everytime I try this it says format did not complete, if I plug the harddrive into an icybox and try to format it on another pc then put it back in mine it works apart from i can't run chkdsk or disk defrag can anybody tell me why it won't work on mine as if it is faulty i can get my money back.

Answer:Solved: can't format hard drive

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Have a 160 g seagate sata hard drive that has a bad install of xp on it and am trying to format it to get rid of the bad install so I can install windows 7. Have it attached to another machine and tried to format but it still has the bad install of xp there. cant get rid of it. am I doing something wrong? Obviously, huh. write protected possibly...I dont know. Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Cannot format hard drive

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Hi, I want to format my hard drive ( been two years ) ! It is now running XP Pro, which I do not have the discs, and I want to switch back to XP Home, which I have one disc that came with the computer !
I've tried booting up with the disk, so that I can format my hard drive, but nothing happens!
Can anyone help me to get rid of the Pro and switch back to Home ! The last time the computer guy put in Pro for me , but now I can't upgrade, because I don't have the disk !!
I want to try and save money by doing it myself, I guess that's the reason he put in Pro - so that I would have to call him !!
Please help, I know it must be easy, I just need to be shown the way !!

Answer:Solved: Format hard drive xp pro

Is your Bios set to boot from the cdrom first?
Where did you get this XP Home disk from? Is it a restoration disk or an actual install disk?

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I'm putting an extra hard drive in my friends system and I can't find the proper procedure in my school book. This is my 3rd format but this time I'm leaving the origonal in place as master. I'm not going to do anything to that one. The system has XP Home and I will use ntfs. The new 160 gb hd did not come w/any inst. cd. It is man. by Seagate. I'm not real experienced so please give explicit inst. Thank You

Answer:[Solved] How to format new hard drive?

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replaced hard drivewhat format should I use on hard drive to load windows xp (fat) or (ntfs)

Answer:Solved: hard drive format


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Hi guys.
I have a second hard drive that's lost all of its content so I thought I'de format it before reloading my data.
I'm tried to format my drive without success.
I've tried through both Windows explorer and disk management.
It shows that it's formatting but sits at 1% for ever.
Any ideas guys?

Answer:Solved: Can't format a hard drive

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I bought a used 80GB hard drive and installed it in my computer as a second hard drive (F. When I started the computer it showed up and was accessable, showing all the files of it's previous owner and everything was fine.

I thought rather than digging through it and manually deleting redundant files I could simply re-format it by right clicking Local Disk (F and selecting properties/format. I chose the "Enable Compression" option and clicked "start". It went through the process and when it finished I got an error message saying "Windows could not complete the format".

My (C drive is jumpered to master and (F is jumpered to slave and it was working fine untill I attempted to reformat. Now all I get when I try to double-click on it is an error message: "(F is not accessable. The parameter is incorrect." If I double-click Local Disk (F, and select properties, it shows " Used space: 0 bytes. Free space: 0 bytes."

I'm not sure if it is even relevant, but is it possible that if it had a different version of XP than the original one on my (C drive (XP Home/SP2) that this could be a possible connection? I have never formatted a hard drive before other than a clean install of Windows on (C and I really have no idea what I did wrong or how to even go about formatting just the (F drive with a clean install of Windows.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Format... Help

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is it possible to format a hard drive using my desk top and install the hard drive in my laptop and expect it to work?

Answer:Solved: Format hard drive?

The hard drive needs to be formatted and Windows installed in it in the computer that it's going to be used in.


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I am having to format a hard drive and have never done one before. I am looking for some help and advice. If anyone wants to give me a hand I am all ears and willing to learn.

Answer:[SOLVED] format hard drive

Bryan posted this awhile ago, but it's a good read on how to format and reinstall win98

First what type of Microsoft CD do you have? I'll assume it's W98. If it's not, don't use these
instructions til you let us know what version you'll be installing. Anyway, if itís an upgrade CD then
youíll need to be sure you have your old W95 CD or 3.1 diskettes available. During the install you
will be required to prove you have a qualifying product for the upgrade. If you have a Full Copy of
W98 on CD, then that's all you'll need.

You'll also need a W98 bootdisk. If you donít have one then you can make one
from here. Or if you still have access to your W98 PC or any other W98 PC you can make one from


Be sure to have your Windows "Product Key" available. Youíll need it during the install. It should be
on the sleeve that holds your W98 CD or on the Windows booklet. If you have neither but have
access to your W98 PC, then you can get it from the Windows registry. Start>Run, key in regedit
and press enter. Navigate to here by single left clicking on each one of these in the left pane,

The ProductKey is listed in the right pane.

Once you have all of that, insert the bootdisk and power on the machine. It should boot up to a boot
menu. If not, youíll need ... Read more

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I had a 23gb partition containing an o/s and installed apps.

As a test, I deleted and reformatted it twice - first with Diskpart, then Disk Management.

I then ran these 3 apps. Thought you may all be interested in the results.

You can see from the previews, they could recover what they found if it wasn't overwritten.

Recuva 52399 files in total

PC Tools File Recover 30699 files in total

Pandora Recovery 2263 files in total

This might seem low - but it only looks for certain file types - the other 2 recovered lots of files that were part of the o/s - which you probably wouldn't want. It seems particularly good at photos ( probably MP3 too, but I didn't have any on that partition to test specifically for it )

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File Recovery - Download

Pandora File Recovery - Find and recover deleted files of any type - free.

Answer:Recover Files After Format

Interesting SIW2...

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Is there any way at all to recover files after PC Angel was used to format and reinstall to original state? Let me know if you have any ideas or programs that are good for this or if this is even possible. Thanks!

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have tried to format my new exfat usb drive on xp but no joy.
downloaded the xp driver,and tried disk manager. got to 100% and said did not complete the format,now the drive is in raw format.
what do i do now.
just want it in ntfs.

Answer:exfat to ntfs format (raw)

Try this tool HP">">HP Disk Format Tool

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does the Exfat Format installed with the installation of windows 7 or you need to download and Update for that?

Answer:Exfat Format in windows 7

Hello Silverline, welcome to Seven Forums!

Your question makes no sense, please rephrase it and be very specific.

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Hi everyone! ^_^So, I have this 500 GB external hard drive, which is formatted in exFAT with my Vista.  As we all know, Windows XP can't read exFAT.  But I want to use that external hard drive to transfer files from my Vista computer to my WinXP computer.  So I tried using Vista to re-format the external hard drive into NTFS. EDIT:: [Oh yea, sorry about this, but I forgot to mention earlier.  During my first attempt to re-format the hard drive, my sister shut down the Format tool before it was even done.  Does interrupting a format ruin a hard drive?]Since then, all my attempts have resulted in failure. v_v  The "Formatting Removable Disk" function goes all the way to the end, then announces that the format has failed.   Please help...  Are there any other programs that I can use?  Or am I formatting it wrong?  Does anyone else have the same problem as me???  Any help at all is greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance. ^_^

Answer:Cannot Re-Format exFAT to NTFS

Is the drive old? Did it work right before you tried to format it? Have you tried to format it using XP?If all else fails I would download the disk tools and check the drive.

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Purchased a SanDisk 64GB USB drive. Mistakenly reformatted to NTSF. Drive is not 31.9 GB. SanDisk guys say reformat using exFAT. Did that. Still 31.9 GB. Windows 8 and/or Windows 7 both have "maximum capacity" format of 32.0 GB. Can anyone tell me if it is possible to format 64GB USB drives in either Windows 8 or Windows 7?

Answer:Format 64GB in exFAT

Welcome aboard Try this utility: and format it in FAT32.

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Hi! I'm trying to format a harddrive to exFat but the only option available is NTFS (Default). Why is the other options not available?

Answer:Not possible to format harddrive to exFAT

You need to run format from an Elevated Command Prompt perhaps? The format command indicates exFAT is supported.

I don't know what the max size of a exFAT partition is supported though.

Hmmm, looks like it's only meant for flash drives, not hard drives: exFAT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I have a Western Digital External hard drive and had problems with some corrupted files. As a result I decided to use the WD dianostics software to fix the problem but it didn't solve the problem. The WD software gave me the option of wiping the hard drive and I did that in the hope that I could start affresh and then copy my back up files to it again. The problem is that my computer now does not recognize the hard drive at all so it looks like I am going to have to reformat it to NTFS format. How do I get my computer first to recognize it and then how do I reformat it to NTFS format?


Answer:Solved: Format an external hard drive

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