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Where to start with my external 80gb MAXTOR HDD

by tayroo1018 / July 27, 2007 5:03 AM PDT

dell dimension 2400 2.6ghz 256mb ram 80gig internal hdd running windows xp H.E

I was running low on internal hdd space so my friend let me use his MAXTOR 80gb external hdd to back up some of my files , then we could proceed to remaster my internal hdd.
We were able to put some files on the maxtor one evening. the next morning i tried to continue backing up( on my own ) and i remember getting an i/o error. So i stopped what i was doing since this external hdd didnt belong to me nor am I smart enough to figure this stuff out on my own.
I have read thru all the discussions and different problems with these hdds.
my computer shows drive g as being available, but when i scroll over it it doesnt show how much space is is on this hdd. i try to open it and my computer freezes. after several minutes it may say drive is not formatted would u like to formatt. Now my friend did say the drive must just have been deleted and to goahead and reformat. i dont want to do that unless i know for sure his info is really lost.
i downloaded PC Inspector file recovery. this program is showing my maxtor hdd as a physical drive but not a logical one.

i guess what i need is just a starting point. im willing to do trial and error i just need a little guidance from anyone willing!
please let me know if i left out any pertinent info

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How was the drive formatted?
by Coryphaeus / July 27, 2007 11:31 AM PDT

FAT32 or NTFS?

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maxtor hdd orginally fat32
by tayroo1018 / July 28, 2007 3:45 AM PDT

i believe orginally files were fat. if the drive has been reformatted then it would have been formatted to ntfs.

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