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Why did portable HD change to a local drive?

by Joe Schmuck / March 13, 2008 7:36 AM PDT

I have ). I recently transferred a large assortment of files onto a WD 500 gig portable HD (Life Book) planning to move them to another computer. Something happened during the transfer and now any computer sees this hard drive as a local drive and asks if I want to format it. Everything is in working order with the drive and a file recovery software sees all the files but says the boot file is corrupt. Can anyone help me figure this out. Is there a fix and how do I do it without losing any of the files on the hard drive?

Thank You.

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Are the files. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 13, 2008 7:49 AM PDT

still on the original hard drive?

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Reply to coryphaeus
by Joe Schmuck / March 13, 2008 8:48 AM PDT
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Nope. That computer is now in use by someone else and I'm sure that HD was formatted and software upgraded... I'm not too concerned about the recent files I was transferring, but there are many other files on the portable HD I need access too.

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You may be SOL. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 13, 2008 10:45 AM PDT
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It's always wise to copy files first instead of move them. For problems such as this, you still have the originals. Maybe someone else will have the answer. Sorry.

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Disk Check
by smrtdrmmr / March 13, 2008 11:16 AM PDT
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Have you tried running a disk check and any other disk repairing software you may have on the drive to see if you can repair whatever corruptions there might be?

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by Joe Schmuck / March 13, 2008 11:32 AM PDT
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Thanks for the replies and yes I have done all that with out any luck. With exception to the most recent, I don't have copies of the files. I'm hoping someone who has experience with the boot sector will give me som insight to this delima.

Thanks again for your input so far.

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But there should not be any data to be recovered
by ahtoi / March 13, 2008 6:04 PM PDT
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from the boot sector (especially if this is an external harddrive). The important thing is to recover the rest of the datas on this harddrive. You stated that the recovery software can see it. So maybe that is what you should do ..recover the datas.

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