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Fix file system on external WD passport?

  1. #1

    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 64-bit

    Windows 8 not detecting WD passport properly...

    Hi guys,

    My external WD passport started showing up as empty and I can't access it directly in explorer. I ran a few chkdsk commands and it came back clean. When I attached it to another USB slot, it came up as being RAW instead of the default NTFS.

    Everything shows up fine in Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery (any good alternatives btw?), but I don't have space to back up to right now. Is there a way to rebuild the drive/files structure so it works normally again without copying/re-formating the drive?
    Last edited by BleepingCrazy; 11 Nov 2012 at 03:21.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 64-bit

    OK, I just checked it on my wifes laptop (win7) when she got home. It works fine there and I can access the files, etc without issue. So it's a windows 8 thing apparently? Here on my PC, once plugged in it says "Choose how to handle unknown content"....Access is denied.

    I tried changing the drive letter for it but that didn't work.

    Any ideas?

    UPDATE: Really weird, it was the only external drive that didn't work on Windows 8 (Failed on Vista too, but worked fine on Win7) WTF? :|

    I had to move all my "precious" stuff to various safe places and reformat it in the end. Working fine for the moment on win8, but I'm sure it's on deaths door...
    Last edited by BleepingCrazy; 11 Nov 2012 at 03:23.
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Fix file system on external WD passport?

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