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External HDD showing as local disk

  1. #11


    Yeah i also think this is happening because of not removing the drive safely. I had a look at the drive using the minitool partition wizard and it shows all the properties of the drive. Is there anything I can do to retrieve the data without opening the hdd? I am almost certain now it is because of a damaged file system.

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  2. #12


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    If it is a corrupted file system, removing the drive will not help much, if at all. I have never used any Data recovery software and wouldn't know what to recommend, sorry. Those services cost money, big money. I don't know if there is any free fully functional software out there. Maybe start a new thread asking for data recovery advise to get those in the know to respond. Or do a forum search for "data recovery" and see what turns up.
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  3. #13


    Thanks for your help. How would i fix the problem if it was just a corrupted file system?
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  4. #14


    N.Y.
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    Yes i was not sure the damage occurred by not removing safely was only due to damaging the files on the drive, reformat would still be not the option you wanted to use as it still would loose all contents of the drive, so by not removing safely in future is something to remember, even if not the cause now. I to am not familiar with Data recovery to suggest any, but i would also google it and if it is even possible with this drive.
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  5. #15


    N.Y.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinClaassens View Post
    Thanks for your help. How would i fix the problem if it was just a corrupted file system?
    Your welcome. Windows 8.1 usually done by right clicking drive, check for errors under tools tab, also chkdsk used then in command prompt by switching to the external drive if possible with way it is acting, not recognized.
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  6. #16


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    Let me say i think would get error messages if it was just file corruption
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  7. #17


    Thank you will do that now
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  8. #18


    N.Y.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinClaassens View Post
    Thank you will do that now
    YW,Hope you find the issues.
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