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RAW external drive, i can't get anything back

by Eitan_spread_peace / June 22, 2005 12:24 PM PDT

ive tried numerous things to revive my Buffalo 120 GB external hd.
I have tried from recovery programs, such as ontrack's easy recovery and actives undelete, and yet i am still getting nothing back
the problem started about 8 months back when everything was going great, and i forgot to "safely remove hardware" or hit the little green arrow before unplugging.
so now the drive is not recognized, it is a RAW drive, and i cant even convert it in command prompt. every time i try to access the drive it says would you like to format now? and i always click no, because i think there might be a way to get everything back
but theres a question, if i format it to be NTFS or whatever, is it possible to do a format recovery using Recovermyfiles?
it would mean so much if somebody could just give a great solution to this annoying and time-wasting problem.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 22, 2005 11:06 PM PDT
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thanks, but im not exactly sure
by Eitan_spread_peace / June 24, 2005 5:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Try a KNOPPIX CD.

thanks for the suggestion, but im not exactly sure what a knoppix cd is, if u can explain wat to do, or how i do it
that would be of GREAT help, and if this doesnt work i will just call buffalo and see if i can recover it, which was another great suggestion

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It seems...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2005 12:25 PM PDT

You didn't read the supplied link. It showed what Knoppix can do for you and how they used it to access files and more.

Best of luck,


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alrite thanks, im going to try that next
by Eitan_spread_peace / June 24, 2005 11:04 PM PDT
In reply to: It seems...

the knoppix cd is downloading now, im not sure if i downloaded the right thing tho
i also tried a program called testdisk, which was the closest ive gotten, but i got confused with what to do next, because it said everything was ok
so I will now try the knoppix cd
thanks again

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Call manufacturer
by jackintucson / June 23, 2005 3:19 AM PDT


Call Buffalo Tech Support... Your drive is less than a yr. old so they should talk to you. I can't imagine them not having a recovery procedure for this type of failure.


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by Eitan_spread_peace / June 25, 2005 5:19 AM PDT

thanks everybody for ALL OF your suggestions
i FINALLY was able to recover my drive, and it was soooo simple, i feel so stupid
I downloaded a shareware program called Partition Table Doctor, i ran fixboot, which rewrote my boot sector, and after one second, i was able to open my drive
I HIGHLY recommend this program, considering it was done in no time,
I am going to go celebrate,
thanks again
eitan Happy

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