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Windows 7: Just Reformatted to FAT32, This time it asks me to format again

07 Sep 2012   #1

Just Reformatted to FAT32, This time it asks me to format again

How do I backup all my data from my Segate HDD if I cant open it with windows, Is there a way to do it without booting Rescue Linux CD?

Everytime I connect my HDD to my computer it asks me to format it. I've attached A Letter drive F: and also in disk manager the format is RAW, and cannot be read as FAT32 like before.

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07 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

i had the same problem days ago .... ( did your pc shutdown improperly ? ? Or r u using that drive via usb cable???)

WELL i lost my all data . .. i did'nt found any way to recover that data .....
W8 for a pro to read yr thread but i think u just have to format it for reuse
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07 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Hi Lopy,

In the first instance, why did you format your external HDD, if you had data on it to recover?

What is your objection to creating a live Linux CD, check and recover if possible? This could be the safest method to try first.

Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer

Next in line will be to use PhotoRec. You may run it from within Windows.

Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.
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08 Sep 2012   #4


It was working perfectly untill I marked it as active in the disk management , in another thread we figured it was best to reformat it. But the problem is, my computer wont read the disk and i cannot backup the content with windows OS. Linux is probably the best route.

Does anyone know how i can format my HDD to Fat32 for my computer to read? At the moment it reads as RAW in disk management.
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08 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

Why Fat32 and not NTFS? Also you are aware that formatting the drive will erase its contents?
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08 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

If data recovery is your first priority, then try as indicated in post #3 above.

After successful recovery, you can try to initialise your HDD to factory state using HDD Lowlevel Format Tool (Windows executable, requires no installation) HDDGURU: HDD LLF Low Level Format Tool This will take quite sometime to write zeroes to each and every sector. (You can try diskpart - Clean all too but I prefer doing it with this software instead of typing diskpart commands)

After successful initialisation you can FAT32 format your HDD with FAT32Formatter. Fat32Formatter . Well,it has a tab to initialise the drive too but I have not tried. Perhaps you may try to initialise too using this program instead of HDDLow Level Format Tool.

EDIT: Another good utility in my kitty to FAT 32 format large drives is Ridgecrop Consultants fat32format. You may download it from (click on the screenshot therein to start the download)
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