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03 Jul 2010  

win 7, win xp (vpc)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
A few alternatives besides unplugging the drive along with any other usb devices for a fresh detection as A Guy recommended would be trying it on a different port and checking the data cable at both ends to make those are all the way in.

Hopefully the partition table MFT is still good on the volume. If you left the factory Fat 32 volume on it and never reformatted that to NTFS that could be the problem. As for free data recovery programs you wouldn't like one came across lately called Dr.Freeware.

That will recovery "everything" from a drive but assign each file a new number instead of name! 168gb of system files meshed with personal files, exe, ogg, dll, and every other file type from the Windows directory along with files in the user account were mixed together in over 1,000 recover_1, recover_2, recover_3, etc. folders.

The one or two programs fouind that would see each in original form wanted you to spend $70 approximate for the full version to recovery anything! The Dr.Freeware(Fedora Linux based) found everything on the drive where a resized primary was turned into unallocated drive but was able to grab everything when booted live off of the cd you first make up. Dr. Freeware - Data Recovery

Mind you this is strictly a "last resort" type of program that can recover from any partition you select or the entire drive when the partition table is toast. Last resort is the key word for it however.
I cant remember if i reformated the drive when i first got it, i want to say no but from the programs that would show info on the drive, it showed as NTFS. But if your saying that the seagate ex pro came from factory as fat32 then i must have. At the time i got the drive, I was no where close to knowing or understanding anything about computers and related electronix at all. luckly i have some what of an understanding now lol.

Yeah i dont think i would like Dr. freeware lol since the reason i want to get the drive to work is because everything on the drive is organized and i remember it taking like all day haha but hey if it works then i will def. use it! thanks for the link! It kinda sounds like when you say last resort that after using this it will render the drive useless so if all data wasnt retrived or if it couldnt retrive the data then im really out of luck after using this program.
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