External HDD suddenly requires formatting, read as RAW instead of ntfs

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  1. Posts : 33
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       #21

    Auchan ??? Where do you live ?
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  2. Posts : 7,063
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       #22

    Auchan - 616 hypermarkets in 12 countries including India (8 cities). One near my home. Most evenings I walk down if I don't have much to carry. I knew you will be surprised.:)
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  3. Posts : 33
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       #23

    It's just that I am so much used to seeing this in France that I was surprised to learn they went to India. Scan is 72% done, so far the different partitions found add up to 2TB.
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       #24

    When the scan is complete, post a screenshot. If it shows up all 4TB, then complete it and let it rewrite the partition table. If not cancel it. ( I shall be able to see it only after ten hours from now, tom morning)

    Next is PhotoRec. Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.
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    Before I retire for the day, I just want to mention that when you run PhotoRec you should select EFI GPT as the partition table type instead of Intel. (just in case I am not here around my tomorrow morning when you need)
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       #26

    Popping in for a bit. Can't work any long term issues though... I'm losing my 'ISP' tomorrow.

    Post #8 shows that the 4 TB are recongnized, but as a raw drive

    For the duration of trobulshooting. please disconnect all other drives and
    connect the Seagate directly to your machine, not to a docking station or hub - thanks.

    Here's what I found over on Seagate:
    1. Overview: Desktop HDD: 4TB Internal SATA Drive | Seagate
    Features tab said:
    Go beyond 2TB with DiscWizard™ software
    The sure way to obtain native access to hard drives bigger than 2TB is to adopt the new BIOS standard called UEFI.

    If you are not ready for the new standard, Seagate provides an alternative. Free DiscWizard™ software from Seagate provides you a means to effectively utilise your 3TB and 4TB Seagate Desktop HDDs, even with Windows XP and using the standard PC BIOS. Get your free copy to go beyond 2TB today
    This begs the questions:
    UEFI or std BIOS?
    Did you install the Seagate DiskWizard?
    2. Data sheet: http://www.seagate.com/files/www-con...0-1-1212gb.pdf

    3. Product Manual: http://www.seagate.com/files/staticf.../100710254.pdf


    Found on MS Technet:
    Sorry I won't be much help, don't want to start down a path and not be able to follow through.
    This is the 2nd time this year my 'ISP' moved.


    Bill
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  7. Posts : 33
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       #27

    Hey,

    I am unfortunately physically unable to connect my HDD directly to my computer, I am using a laptop and do not own a desktop. I am reading the links you sent me.

    No worries, I really appreciate any help :)
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       #28

    I thought you had a docking station, sounds as though you have a HD enclosure... words get in the way of communicating!

    The docs are really only for reference - read them if you're curious, but the solution isn't there. The information might lead to a solution though.

    Bill
    flows69 said:
    Hey,

    I am unfortunately physically unable to connect my HDD directly to my computer, I am using a laptop and do not own a desktop. I am reading the links you sent me.

    No worries, I really appreciate any help :)
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  9. Posts : 7,063
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       #29

    jumanji said:
    ...Continue with the PRW scan.

    EDIT: I don't know whether the Free Seagate DiskWizard software can help you in anyway. I had never dealt with more than 2 GB drives. So would call upon other experts and experienced users to pitch in and have a look at your problem. Otherwise I will go on with what I know and what I do not know. LOL.
    Thanks Slarty for pitching in. I hope your ISP problem gets resolved soon. Cheers.
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  10. Posts : 7,063
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    @flows69,

    Good that you are online. What is the status of PRW scan? Is it still running?
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