External HDD Recognized but Inaccessable
Posted on 2004-08-13
I purchased a new LaCie 250GB external hard drive a couple months ago. I have approximately 75GB of music on there as well as a few more gigs of other files. A couple days ago, after connecting the drive to my pc, it was recognized as a USB mass storage device as usual and even was still recognized as a Maxtor drive. However, rather than seeing the MOBILE label I gave to the drive I get Local Disk. When I try to access the drives data by any usual means I receive an error saying the drive needs to be formatted. I formatted the drive as NTFS when I first got it.
When I go to Disk Management the drive is listed as Disk2, but rather than seeing "NTFS" immediately next to the size I see nothing.
It should be:
I have a total 82GB of free space on my two internal drives, so recovery of all my data with EasyRecovery Pro would have to be done in a few stages and I would be burning many DVDs; that option is far from appealing. I searched through other topics and ran the Repair Console off of my XP Home disc. The only command that I thought would be appropriate was fixmbr, so that is what I executed. Unfortunately that did not fix my problem. LaCie tech support told my I had two options when I called them before trying fixmbr: Attempt to fix the master boot record, or format the drive.
I am running XP Home SP1. I live in Chicago and am moving to California in two days for school. Since this is so urgent I am making this a 500 point question.