External HDD Data Erasing & Recovery
Posted on 2007-10-19
I have a DELL Poweredge 2800 Server that was connected to it a Western Digital MyBook Essential 500GB external usb drive. I backed up all data from the server on to it and i left it connected.
I restarted the Server and ran Openmanage Setup & Installation CD, because i wanted to format and reinstall a fresh windows. I selected from the menu "erase all drives" and then i continued to setup the Raid Configuration.
After i was done, i noticed that the windows did not detect the Western Digital MyBook and via Disk Management it turned out that it had 500GB of unallocated space. Is it POSSIBLE that the Openmanage software erased also the external drive? or something just happen that corrupted the drive from restarting the server too much during setup?
Is there a way of recovering the data on the MyBook? Its a major catastrophe for me.