Accidentally reformatted external hard drive

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dmd - Dec 26, 2011 at 05:04 PM
xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 - Dec 27, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Hello,
I really appreciate your help!

i accidentally formatted an external hard drive that was still attached to my computer while re-formatting the internal hard drive. I am trying to recover the data, but cannot even view the external hard drive anymore when I click on 'Computer'. The hard drive does show up in Disk Management screen, but it shows as unallocated and no drive designation. Could you please help me understand how I get my computer to recognize the external hard drive? or how I can assign a drive letter to it?

Thanks in advance for anything you can do to help.


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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,830
Dec 27, 2011 at 05:06 PM
You will need third party software to recover the data. Windows can't do it. I suggest you try this product:

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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