I recently plugged an NTFS hard drive which I believed to be functional into a Mac Mini via a SATA-to-USB adapter. The Mac did not appear to read the drive, and after waiting a while and giving up, I unplugged the drive, which caused several error messages to be displayed. Obviously, this means the Mac did read the drive, but for a mystery reason was unable to display its contents or show the drive in Finder's sidebar. Now, when the drive is reinserted, I am prompted to initialize the drive.
When it's plugged into a PC running Windows 7, the drive is only recognized by Drive Management as an unrecognized format. Windows prompts me to repair the MBR or Partition Table.
I need to recover this drive without deleting data. Windows Recovery Console does not recognize the drive, so I'm unable to use the
fixmbr command. What options do I have? Will the built-in Windows MBR/partition table erase data from the drive in the process?