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How to format/recover data from external SATA hard disk of notebook? [duplicate]

Recently I was bought a lenovo notebook. but due to motherboard issue It not started. I removed SATA hard disk from there and try to format and recover data but It not working in other machines.. ...
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External USB 2.0 hard drive asking me to reformat

Had a power loss yesterday, but the external hard drive are connected to UPS. Today when I turn on computer and click on this drive in my computer, it's asking me to format this drive before use, but ...
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External drive not showing after NTFS format

I just refreshed my Windows 8.1 installation, and I wanted to make a system image on my external drive using the native System Image program. It required me to backup to an NTFS drive, but the ...
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WD My Passport External HD stuck at Formatting

My WD My Passport 1TB stopped working all of a sudden. I just got it 3 months ago. The computer recognizes the hard drive and when I went to Disk Management the file system says RAW. The light just ...
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Formatting and partitioning a 3TB disk?

Have a 3TB Lacie minumus disk. External with USB3.0. I can see the thing okay, but can't seem to format it as NTFS or exFAT on windows 8.1. No matter what I do, it just shows as RAW. Using the ...
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Is my data gone after unplugging my external hard drive while formatting with TrueCrypt?

I unplugged my external hard drive while it was being formatted 30 seconds in, using TrueCrypt's Volume Creation Wizard. I unplugged the external while it was actively being formatted because I ...
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Why would re-formatting an external disk drive stop random drive disconnects in OSX Mavericks?

My old MacBook Pro Retina was over heating, so after a long story omitted, I got a new MBP Retina with Mavericks pre-installed, and my Seagate Thunderbolt(TB)/USB3 drive started unmounting and ...
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how to format a 500gb external hard drive to fat32 using windows 7 [duplicate]

I want to partition and format my 3TB wdbacw0030hnk-01 western digital external hard drive. I want to partition the drive to at least 2 partitions, one being 500gb (512,000 MB) and the rest to 2TB ...
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How does hard drive formatting work? [duplicate]

What exactly happens when you format/wipe a hard drive ? Is it overwritten with random data or something else ? Is the format process the same for all types of hard drives and for all brands ? Also, ...
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Will installing windows format the disk?

I have a problem with my hard disk so I removed it, stripped off an external hard disk and inserted it into my laptop. Now i want to install windows 7 on this disk but the installation is not showing ...
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Can't format external hard drive (“in use”)

I'm running (via Boot Camp) Windows 7 SP1 on my 32-bit MacBook, and I'm trying to format a new Western Digital My Passport external hard drive to use NTFS. It came formatted of course but I wiped it ...
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How to format an external hard drive as UDF on a Mac

I have an external USB hard drive that I'd like to format to UDF for cross-compatibility with Windows and Macs. I tried exFAT, but for whatever reason, because of the block size (56KB) of the format, ...
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Understanding SMART results

After experiencing slow copying from an 2.5" USB hard drive, I copied off all data, except for a few files which were unreadable, and then deleted and recreate the partition, and quick formatted the ...
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Can I reformat an external hard drive to have the maximum amount space that was previously available?

I set up my external hard drive that had 1.5TB of space as a recovery drive, and afterwards it showed that I have 32GB of space. Is there any way I can get my space back?
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Cannot format external drive as it could not be detected

I have an external HDD. Suddenly, I got the message to format the harddisk in order to use it. I clicked on format. I accidently aborted the format as it was taking hell lot of time. Now that I plug ...
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567 views

EFI System Partition and unallocated space?

I just got a 3 TB external hard drive (I didn't look closely enough and ended up buying one for Mac but I run Windows 7) and it came with a bunch of software I don't particularly want. I want to ...
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How do I recover data from a HD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I recover lost/inacessible data from my storage device? Today I tried to read an external HD, and it was dead. The only way it could be re-detected by the system ...
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How to format my external HDD back to as “removable storage”?

Recently I formated my Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex external HDD in Mac OS X using GUID partition table since I wanted to install another Mac OS X onto that external HDD. However I changed my mind after ...
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How to partition and format a new HDD when it is connected via USB 3.0 (Linux)?

I just received a new unformatted 2.5" hard disk (1 TB) and an external USB 3.0 enclosure to use with my laptop (Thinkpad). I'm running Kubuntu 12.04 on my laptop. How do I access and format this HDD ...
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Please explain wasted space on an exFAT formatted external hard drive [duplicate]

I recently bought a 750 GB 2.5" hard drive and put it in an external enclosure. It has Advanced Format Technology (AFT), but I use Windows 7, so I assumed I would be safe. I decided to try exFAT, ...
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Should I use the entire hard drive when I repartition it?

I bought a Fujitsu Celvin Drive D100 (external USB HDD) as new and now I want to partition and format it for Linux use. I noticed however that at the factory they have left some empty space before (1 ...
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“You need to format your disk in drive X” message on my external hard drive

I have an external hard drive which worked fine and it is my backup harddrive. There are also some files on it that I would really want to keep. It's a 400GB Freecom drive in FAT32. All of a sudden, ...
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How to use external hard disk in both Windows and Mac OS X? [duplicate]

I have one external hard drive (Seagate 320 GB). I have used my hard drive in a Windows XP system and it works fine (Read and write). But when I used it on a Mac, I couldn't write any file on the disk ...
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Trouble using Cavier 2TB external HDD as internal drive

I recently got a 2TB Caviar "Greendrive" external hard drive. I tested it, and it works fine. Because of the low price I got it at, and the fact I dislike externals, I removed it from it's enclosure, ...
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My Western Digital 500GB Passport disk says “not formatted” when I plug it in Windows

When I plug my Western Digital 500 GB Passport disk in my Windows machine, it says "not formatted, do you want to format it" something. I started having this problem after I put it in an old desktop ...
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626 views

Need to format my western digital drive

The problem I have is that I pluged my western digital elements portable hard drive into my bell sat receiver so that I could use it as a PVR. during the format process something went wrong. When I ...
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How long does it usually take to format a 2TB external HD using ext4 and gparted?

How long does it usually take to format a 2TB external HD using ext4 and gparted?
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Format external HDD to NTFS

I've just bought 2 TB HDD to be able to backup my desktop and laptop. I will have some files bigger then 4 GB, and I'll use it on at least 2 computers for backup. Is there any downside to format ...
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How can I cancel formatting a hard disk and get my files back?

While I was viewing the settings for my external USB hard drive, my 1 year old son clicked the "start format" button. I managed to unplug the drive within 5 seconds. Now, when I connect the drive to ...
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259 views

How can I get Vista to recognise my harddrive?

I have Windows Vista Home Premium with SP2. I recently bought a Maxtor 1Tb external harddrive. I started to format it (FAT32) but it took hours. I left it running overnight - when I came back it was ...
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How should I format my external hard drive if I want to use the files on both Mac and PC?

I just got a new LaCie external hard drive, and I want to copy my files to it so I can take them back and forth between work and home. At work I have a PC and at home I have a Mac, so I need them to ...
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Unable to see External HDD in Windows Explorer

I have bought a 320GB External HDD which I want to use with my Playstation3. I know it will only work with a Fat32 file system so using some free HP software it formatted it, unbeknown to me it will ...
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FAT32 External HDD formated with Mac OS not mountable on a Windows machine

I have an external HDD that I formated in FAT32 using Mac OS X. I don't know how but it's unmountable in a Windows XP machine running SP3. The HDD size is 500Gb and it contains a single partition. Is ...
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Mac OS X fails when trying to format external HDD

I have an Iomega Prestige desktop hard drive (1 TB) which I purchased from Amazon. I connect it to my white Macbook (purchased late 2007, 2.14 GHz with 2 GB Ram), open Disk Utility. I click the ...
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Formating WD 500GB drive

I bought a 500 GB passport drive yesterday. I noticed it was FAT, so I thought I'd change it to be NTFS. Format as NTFS, and use, right? Wrong. It has been formating since 10 AM. It is now 4:25 PM ...
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Prevent a hard drive from being formatted?

I have an external hard drive and I partitioned it in 3 partitions. I want do something on one of these partitions, so nobody can format it (its data is important to me). What should I do? I use ...
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Using Windows XP Professional SP3, how do I reformat an external hard drive as FAT32?

I'll soon be getting a new laptop with Windows Vista or Windows 7 and turning my current laptop into a Linux box. Since FAT32 works out of the box on both Windows and Linux machines and I've had some ...