External hdd recognized in comp mgmt but wants to format

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  1. Posts : 31
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    External hdd recognized in comp mgmt but wants to format


    My external hdd can be opened in pc, but in laptop it wants to Format.
    It asks to give it another drive letter, which I do, but still says " do you want to format?"
    How can I get this drive to open?
    I also tried Disc Clean. Same message.
    Thanks,
    Paul
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
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    Its showing as raw which means its lost the parition table you need to download free parition recovery software to get it back
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  3. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Professional X64
    Thread Starter
       #3

    It was able to read it yesterday when I downloaded a backup to it.
    Also opens on my PC, so how can it be Raw?
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  4. Samuria's Avatar
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    Its reporting it as raw in your screen shot try it back on another pc
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  5. jumanji's Avatar
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    Hi PSCO2007W10

    Your external disk has a drive letter. So it is not a partition loss problem.

    Run check disk from command prompt.

    Open Command prompt. Start > All programs > Accessories > Command Prompt

    Type
    CHKDSK D: /f /v /r /x Press enter. Note: Replace D: with the actual drive letter of the external drive. Please note there is a space between every switch/option.

    Allow check disk to complete. ( Do not abort checkdisk for any reason midway. That would leave your disk in a much worse condition. If it aborts by itself its OK. In that case we shall do a thorough check with TestDisk)
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  6. Posts : 31
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    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thanks,
    I'll do it tomorrow and let you know if it is successful.
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  7. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Professional X64
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Tried your suggestion.
    Got this message in screenshot.
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  8. Posts : 31
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    Hi Jumanji,
    I'm running Testdisk now.
    Should take about an hour.
    I'll let you know results.
    I got an original message that said it was Fat32 which is really strange, since this hdd came with this laptop (I pulled it out and used as an external after inserting an SSD)
    It was NTFS at that time.
    Paul
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  9. Posts : 31
    Windows 10 Professional X64
    Thread Starter
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    It just finished and said "structure ok) but also said "partition can't be recovered" but then started a new test.
    I don't know why, but you said not to abort so I'm letting it run.
    It looks like I may have to Format, unless you have any other ideas.
    Thanks, so far.
    Paul
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