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External HDD problem

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Window 8

    External HDD problem


    Right, firstly, new here, so apologies if this is poted in the wrong place/ section.

    Having a problem with an external HDD. When connected to a computer, windows will recognise it, but when I try to open it to view files, I get the following message:

    F:\ is not accessible

    'The volume does not contain a recognised file system.
    Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted'

    I also get a message saying that the HDD must be formatted in order to be used.

    This happens in windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. However, when I connect the HDD to my playststion 3, I am able to view the photos on there, I can copy them, but it takes forever! And due to the file system on the ps3, it won't read any of the other files.

    Anyone have any suggestions on how to sort this out?

    Thanks, Alan

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  2. #2


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    This happens to me quite a bit with my two external platter-clatter HDs. While Acronis True Image has no problem reading/writing images to and from both ext HDs, Windows 7 explorer often generates the same error you posted. I'm going to watch this thread and learn alongside you.
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  3. #3


    A quick Google turned up info that the filesystem in use on the PS3 HDD is a Linux filesystem -- UFS or UFS2 -- which Windows can NOT read. Which is why the PS3 can see the files but your PC can not.

    If you boot your CD from a Linux LiveDVD LiveUSB (which you can get from distrowatch.com), then you MIGHT be able to read the filesystem on the PS3 HDD and copy those files to a Windows "drive" -- since Linux can read/write Windows NTFS volumes/
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  4. #4


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Make yourself this stick, then you can read the files and recover them.

    Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  5. #5


    Posts : 7
    Window 8


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Make yourself this stick, then you can read the files and recover them.

    Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Ok, made the USB drive, but when I try to boot from it, I get a screen saying ' Linux Mint, Automtic Boot in 10 Seconds'

    It then counts down to 0, the screen goes white for a few seconds, then changes to black and nothing else is displayed.

    However, when I hold the power button to switch the laptop off, another Linux Mint screen flashes up for less than a second before the laptop powers off.

    Is there something I have done wrong in the process? I followed all the steps carefully, but am not sure if I have done the right thing when booting from the USB drive. The laptop I have used the USB drive on is an old windows 7 system, but I lso have a newer windows 8 system, am I better to use the newer laptop?
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  6. #6


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    If you wish. You can download and install under Windows, you should be able to read Linux file system.:
    Ext2 File System Driver for Windows | SourceForge.net
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  7. #7


    Posts : 7
    Window 8


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    If you wish. You can download and install under Windows, you should be able to read Linux file system.:
    Ext2 File System Driver for Windows | SourceForge.net
    Cheers, will give that a go later.
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  8. #8


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by TheAlanPeterson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Make yourself this stick, then you can read the files and recover them.

    Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Ok, made the USB drive, but when I try to boot from it, I get a screen saying ' Linux Mint, Automtic Boot in 10 Seconds'

    It then counts down to 0, the screen goes white for a few seconds, then changes to black and nothing else is displayed.

    However, when I hold the power button to switch the laptop off, another Linux Mint screen flashes up for less than a second before the laptop powers off.

    Is there something I have done wrong in the process? I followed all the steps carefully, but am not sure if I have done the right thing when booting from the USB drive. The laptop I have used the USB drive on is an old windows 7 system, but I lso have a newer windows 8 system, am I better to use the newer laptop?
    There is really nothing I can think of that creates this situation. Many people have created this stick and I am not aware of another case that did not work. I am just now creating another stick with the same procedure to see whether there is any problem. I will get back to you.

    In the meantime check whether your stick is formatted in Fat32.
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  9. #9


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I just made myself another stick and it worked perfectly. The only error I can think of is if the stick is not in Fat32.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 7
    Window 8


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I just made myself another stick and it worked perfectly. The only error I can think of is if the stick is not in Fat32.
    Yes, the stick is FAT32, I reformatted it before beginning the process.

    I have been running the 'mint4win' program from the stick. Do I need to change any settings on my laptop, or in windows before booting?
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