It will only format it if you answer yes to that question.
There are many fine free tools in the CNET Storage forum sticky but if there is a hardware issue I take the drive out of the enclosure and put it in a new enclosure or directly into some desktop to CLONE the drive then try recovery on the CLONE.
I find this is a test if the client is serious about recovery. That is, is it worth getting a second 1TB drive to hold the clone to do the work on?
1TB WD Elements micro usb External hard drive, about 3 years old, well used.
iMac Intel OSX, EXHD won't appear on desktop, was fine until a couple of days ago, micro usb socket seems a little loose.
- Won't mount to computer.
- asked to "initialize, ignore, eject" when plugged in
- shows in disk utility as hard drive only (factory name not name given)
- No sub volume listed, so can't run disk repair or verify, won't eject (i guess because it doesn't mount)
The hardrive light is on, the drive vibrates/ starts up as normal and dies down when i choose eject.
- New cable - SAME THING
- Different Mac x 2- SAME THING
I can't remember if I formatted it as Journeled/ Fat 32 etc... I think it was formatted for mac use only.
I haven't connected it to my PC yet as i'm worried it might format it.
I've read online you CAN'T take this model out of the casing and stick it in a HD dock because of parts soldered to it.
I'm going to run disk warrior and 3 , but don't expect it to help as I have no volume listed.
I have nearly 1GB of data I DESPERATELY need back, but have made my peace with it being gone at this point if need be.