IDE external usb hard drive

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skyjumper Posts 1 Registration date Tuesday February 16, 2010 Status Member Last seen February 16, 2010 - Feb 16, 2010 at 08:59 AM
xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 - Feb 16, 2010 at 03:50 PM
Hello,
Please can any one help I have a laptop HP good spec running Vista when I plug in my external HDD vista wants to format it as I have much needed data on the drive no mater what I do in my computer it is their but wont let you explore it . It tells me you need to format the drive I also have a desk top computer with win 7 on and it says the same thing format the drive
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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,834
Feb 16, 2010 at 03:50 PM
You probably have a problem with the MBR (master Boot Record) caused by unplugging the drive while it was still updating. I would try one of the Partition recovery programs. Easeus Partition Master Home Edition is free and works well. Try its MBR recovery or Partition recovery options.

https://download.cnet.com/EaseUS-Partition-Master-Free-Edition/3000-2248_4-10863346.html?tag=mncol%3Bpop&cdlPid=10898593

Good Luck
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