Retrive from unformatted disc?

By Darth Buss · 6 replies
May 8, 2008
  1. Hello.

    I´ve just reinstalled my machine with XP. I put in the disc that i placed my backup on, and the explorer finds it just fine.
    When i try to accsess it, it says "disc not formatted yet. Format now?"
    I really dont wanna do that as all my stuff is on there.
    Is there anyway around this?

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Is this a CD Disc or Flash Disk or Floppy disk (I have seen this on floppy many times)

    If it's a CD then first try in another computer, then you might want to use a program like BadCopy Pro (it has a Free Trial Download - that you could at least check that it does find data)
  3. Darth Buss

    Darth Buss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh, sorry.
    No its a harddisc.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523


    No you probably don't want to format that then.
    If it's an ATA (lots of pins at the back) make sure it's set to CS (Cable Select)
    Also try another data cable.

    Exactly how are you connecting it (via USB or connected directly to M/b - Sata? IDE?)
  5. Darth Buss

    Darth Buss TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its the one with the thin red cable (is it called SATA?). Its connected to the mobo, as is my first SATA disc with the OS on.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Yes Sata DisK

    Please try another Sata cable, or another Sata connection on the M/b
  7. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Since you did not have two drives to start with (as I understand you), it might simply need enabling either in the bios or with an XP driver. As explorer sees it but cannot access it, I assume the latter. Check the properties of your current main drive in device manager, and see if it has a driver or not. If it appears to, try the 'trouble-shooter' button on the general tab for the second device.

    Proably it also needs the same or similar driver installed.
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