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External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by pippster, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. pippster

    pippster Member

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    Howdy lads, I have a Samsung External hard drive that my laptop is no longer recognizing. The laptop asks me if I want to reformat the hard drive. What exactly will happen if I attempt this will I lose all the data on the hard drive? Any fixes for this? I'm not a technophob but rather uninformed on this scenario. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    do not format it as will lose data.
     
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    Plug it into another PC and if it isn't recognized, download and burn a Linux boot disk.
    Wait until it loads the Linux desktop and plug the drive into a USB 2 port.
    If it sees the drive click on it and see if any files are visible.
     
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    thanks guys, I will not reformat so and I will try the above tonight.
     

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