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Alex asked in Computers & InternetHardwareAdd-ons · 2 months ago

Hey how do you look a a hard drive without formatting it when windows doesn't want to recognize the partition? ?

4 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    **Do not attempt to use any utility that might "Write" to the disk as I assume that would damage its structure and then it wont ever work again in its original pc setup. start the pc with a copy of LINUX using either a bootable LIVE CD or a Bootable USB LIVE(just means it doesnt install and is live and ready to run at boot) with the other drive attached externally. 

    As you havnt said which OS you used to FORMAT the Filing Systems onto your drive, Linux should provide the best chance of it seeing it and then you can transfer files to a Mutually compatible partition on your system hard drive.

    If this drive has Special boot loaders like GRUB or Other MAC style loaders then you may need to get clever. Some Hard disk managers such as Paragon/Acronis/EASUS may have "READ" access to filing systems not normally supported such as NTFSforMAC and Vice Versa utilities. "WRITE" access usually costs money.

    If the issue persists then you may have built the drive(formatted it) in a older system that does not auto-detect the structure of data on the drive (or the option is not yet selected for that) . Some Hardware Interfaces use a Hi/Lo byte read and some a Lo/Hi byte read thus every bit of data is scrambled if placed in another pc. What Auto-detect does is just employ a reversal of that issue so it transparently sorts it out. Naturally a bios should default to auto so you dont even know its happening. This is made more tricky for systems that might have 32 bit and 16 bit interfaces so there is a problem if the two pc's)the one that formatted the disk, and the one you are using to read it, are too far apart in their year of manufacture(ie their internal CHIPSETS are too different) but external USB caddies have "Intelligence" and may sort taht out in their own way with their own style of auto-detect.

    Next time describe what the partitions are formatted with ie the filing system FAT32 ExFAT etc, and which OS did the dirty business.

    hope that helps

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Use a recovery program like Recuva. It's free.

  • Mike G
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    With my eyes...........

  • 2 months ago

    You may need to repair the boot partition.

    Check out this video.

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