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I have a 500 GB Seagate portable hard disk. It was partitioned with 5 partitions, each of 100 GB. 3 partitions are working properly, but 2 partitions are corrupted. When I plug the hard disk into my computer, a message like "you need to format the disk in drive k" is displayed.

Is it possible to repair the corrupted partitions?

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What filesystem is/used to be on the partitions? What operating system do you use? Are the corrupted partitions primary or logical? Is the partition table MBR og GPT? Did anything uncommon happen before the partitions stopped working? Could you give us the actual error message? What do you see in "My computer", "Device Manager" and "Disk Management"? – Eroen Apr 16 '12 at 17:23
If you just want to recover the data and you use Windows, you might want to look at recouva. – Eroen Apr 16 '12 at 17:24

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