External Hard Drive

By worthbillions
Jan 30, 2010
  1. Hi:

    My external hard drive started flashing on and off. I got a message that the files could not be saved and did I want to save it some where else. I did not save it some where else but turned it off. This happened several times.

    Now when I try to save files to it it asks if I want to format it. I want to know if I can recover the files from this hard drive and how to do it? Also my keyboard skips letters is there a way to correct this or do I have to buy another board?

    Thank you
  2. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    what brand and model is your external hard drive?
  3. worthbillions

    worthbillions TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Externl hard drive

    Myhard drive is a
    acomdata hard drive 120 gigs
  4. hughva

    hughva TS Rookie Posts: 58

  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    It's hard drive corruption. Windows can't recognize the drive's filesystem any longer (e.g. FAT vs. NTFS)

    You need to try a data recovery tool. I've never used it myself but i've seen many have had good results using TestDisk
  6. longtail

    longtail TS Rookie

    When Windows prompt that you should format a partition, it means that DBR (DOS Boot Record) is corrupted. Don't format the partition and recover files, then reformat the partition to use, remember to insert the external drive to the back USB interface in the future.
    To recover files, there are many choices. you may search in google, there is an example (note: this is commercial tool)
    Another way is to repair the partition, after that you can access the partition again.
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