Ehd-My Computer Sees It But Wants To Format It
Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:12 PM
Posted 31 August 2009 - 06:04 PM
Posted 31 August 2009 - 06:44 PM
Posted 31 August 2009 - 07:03 PM
I have a WD MyBook EHD that I've had for 3 years or so. "My Computer" sees the drive but won't read it. It asks me if I want to format the drive. Needless to say, I quit at that point. My tech looked at it and said I'd need someone who specializes in recovering or restoring the structure. Does anyone have any suggestions? I talked to a couple people and they said it could cost anywhere from $1,000 to $1,600 depending on how serious it was. YIKES! It's unplugged and sitting on the shelf right now but it has some important files I'd like to have copied over. I'd appreciate any advice you could share.
One thing to try before you give up --
I was just having trouble with my EHD, and sometimes my PC recognized it and other times I got the "this drive needs to be formatted" error. So I tried resetting the drive (unplug from wall and leave for 10 minutes) and that helped for a week or two, and then it started again. I contacted Maxtor and they suggested trying another data cable (USB cable) and I did and it was FIXED! That was a week or so ago and it still is fine as can be.
So play with it a little bit before hanging it up for dead.
"Be thankful for what you have, you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never have enough." - Oprah Winfrey
Posted 31 August 2009 - 08:02 PM
I know better...it just caught me off guard. One of those "Laws of the Universe"! Thank you for your response. I'll try it tonight if I can locate another cable.
Posted 01 September 2009 - 05:09 AM
Of course, I quickly copied all the files to another hard drive and I'm not using that particular MyBook anymore...
Posted 01 September 2009 - 07:04 AM
Thanks for you suggestion. I'll try it again.
Posted 01 September 2009 - 07:13 AM
Next I'll try connecting it to my husband's new laptop. He's using it now so I'll try that later.
Posted 01 September 2009 - 07:22 AM
Posted 02 September 2009 - 08:58 PM
Thanks for your suggestions. Who knows what little thing it might take to wake it up and recover some files. I do appreciate your ideas.
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