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Windows 7: Cant' access files on my external hard drive from another laptop

27 Jun 2011   #1

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
Cant' access files on my external hard drive from another laptop

Hi i took out the hard drive from my laptop that had a BSOD and can't boot. I boutght an enclosure n plugged it using usb to another laptop so i can get my files, but when i click on the disk a window pops up saying disk is not formatted..i dont want to lose my files si i downloaded tesdisk. When i choose "Analyse" it seems that it finds four partitions, but above each one there's a warning "Incorrect number of heads/cylinders 255 (NFTS) ! =240 (HD) or Bad sector head and Bad Ending Head and Bad Starting head..I dont know what to do next..please help!

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28 Jun 2011   #2

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium

Here are a couple of links that could save you :

Another solution although it maybe the same program you used, perhaps incorrectly or should be used with the disk in the original laptop :


if you have the message

'The disk in drive F is not formatted. Do you want to format it now? … '

you already have a solution

1- DON'T format the drive ...

2- WATCHES this Web (

...and download “testdisk” for your operating system of “main page” everything very well before using it…

I had that same problem and this free software solves it in minutes …


greetings dino

TestDisk : TestDisk - CGSecurity
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