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Can't access harddrive - suggestions for software to fix this?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Misiowiec, 9 Apr 2010.

  1. Misiowiec


    Joined: 5 Apr 2006

    Posts: 270

    I just plugged in my external 2.5" 320Gb drive and Windows 7 said something about needing to check it. I let it do that, also ticking the 'check for bad sectors' box for good measure. As the progress was extremely slow I cancelled after about 40 minutes and now the drive can't be read. It just shows up as "Local disk" in Computer, through Disk Management shows its full size but calling the type RAW as opposed to NTFS.

    Now I can't check the disk again as Windows says it's not readable. Assuming it's not a hardware failure I figure I just need good software to sort this one out. Can anyone recommend something to this end - it doesn't have to be freeware, I'll get a commercial solution if it's that good.

    Much appreciated!
  2. Philtor


    Joined: 20 Nov 2009

    Posts: 5,963

    Sounds like a hardware problem to be honest. Can you connect the drive to another PC to see if it's accessible?
  3. Misiowiec


    Joined: 5 Apr 2006

    Posts: 270

    Nope, same thing with another PC. Windows suggests that I format, which I obviously don't want to do at this point.
  4. Vampyre


    Joined: 12 Sep 2009

    Posts: 841

    Location: Edinburgh

    Tried Recuva? If that doesn't do the job GetDataBack for NTFS should