Hardware Question

External Hard Drive not accessible but the drive letter is appearing on My Computer window

06/05/2017 684 views
Hi Guys,

Do you have a Ninja way on how to repair this kind of external HDD problem?

Thank you,
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Is it formatted in a format that Windows can read? Is it even formatted?
Answered 06/06/2017 by: VBScab
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  • Hi, yes, it is formatted as FAT32. Whenever I plug the external Hard Disk to a windows PC, it is sometimes being detected but as Letter only, the drive it self can't be opened.
  • It is working previously, but all of a sudden, the drive has gone defective. All my files are there. :(
Use Linux. If a modern, full-featured Linux OS (like Ubuntu) can't read it then something is very wrong. Unless you know it's not formatted. In which case, format it as NTFS to use with Windows or exFAT to use in Windows and Mac.
Answered 06/07/2017 by: JasonEgg
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>All my files are there.
...and you don't have a back-up, right? Oops...

Make a copy onto another drive (use a disk imaging program) then attempt a recovery using one of the many tools available. If that's unsuccessful, your only other option is to send it to a data recovery company.
Answered 06/08/2017 by: VBScab
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