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Windows 7: Help! I inadvertantly might have messed up my external hard drive


30 Sep 2012   #1

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Help! I inadvertantly might have messed up my external hard drive

Hey folks I have one of those WD My Book external hard drives that I have been basically using as a storage device for all my images and other essential items I need.
Somewhere along the way I must have done something wrong. Now when I have it connected to my laptop it only shows that it is showing as "CD Drive (I; ) WD Smartware" and at only one gigabyte, this is a 1 TB hard drive. I cannot get the computer to access the rest of the HD, it just shows it as an unrecognisable partition.
is there any thing out there I can use so that I can force the computer to access the rest of this hardrive?
Hopefully I have explained this right. The hard drive used to just be the I drive where I have stored tons of photos and other crucial information that I need to recover. I am thinking of just taking it into some computer guru locally to get all that info back, but I first want to know If I can take care of it myself.


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30 Sep 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I have two 2tb My Books and I find that one of them has to be unplugged and reconnected to be seen. Have you pulled the usb and reconnected and see what the lappy does. You can also power it totally down and power back up then report what your laptop does and see's.
Also what is it's exact model and model number?
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30 Sep 2012   #3
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Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Open disk management (Start-Right Click Computer-Manage-Disk Management), right click the drive you are having trouble with, click change drive letter and paths, remove it, then right click it again, Drive Letter and Paths, and add it. Just click OK in the box.
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30 Sep 2012   #4

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

Sounds to me like you have the WD software DVD in your DVD drive...
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30 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 714 View Post
Open disk management (Start-Right Click Computer-Manage-Disk Management), right click the drive you are having trouble with, click change drive letter and paths, remove it, then right click it again, Drive Letter and Paths, and add it. Just click OK in the box.
I did that and and when I try to open the drive, it wants to reformat in order for me to use it
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30 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patio View Post
Sounds to me like you have the WD software DVD in your DVD drive...
No, it is not in the drive, I somehow or another managed to make it so that it always comes up like that....I know absolutely nothing about computers,
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30 Sep 2012   #7
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Birddude007 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 714 View Post
Open disk management (Start-Right Click Computer-Manage-Disk Management), right click the drive you are having trouble with, click change drive letter and paths, remove it, then right click it again, Drive Letter and Paths, and add it. Just click OK in the box.
I did that and and when I try to open the drive, it wants to reformat in order for me to use it
Oooh. I think something is wrong with the HD and you might have to format it in order to use it. I had the same thing happen to me with an SD card. Can you post a screenshot of the error your getting?

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30 Sep 2012   #8

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Here ya go-
Help! I inadvertantly might have messed up my external hard drive-capture.jpg


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30 Sep 2012   #9
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Are there any drivers or software disks for it? You're gonna have to try some data recovery like the Easeus link in my post above yours, or take it to a local computer shop if not.
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30 Sep 2012   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 714 View Post
Are there any drivers or software disks for it? You're gonna have to try some data recovery like the Easeus link in my post above yours, or take it to a local computer shop if not.
I am doing that right now and it is actually the first software that I tried that is actually scanning the drive, I will let you know the outcome.

PS: By the way- GO Jr! he really needs to get up on that wheel to get that championship, I have seen some serious improvement with him this year, hope he gets the Cup
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