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I need help getting some data off a drive

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I have an external hard drive that is hooked up through one of those IDE to USB converters.  The drivers install find for the converter and the drive even appears in the My Computer window however I cannot read it.  It says that the disk has not be formatted and asks me to format it.  What software can I buy to get the drive to be read?
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Question by:huntson
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by:DewFreak
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I have used Restorer2000 with great sucess.  It is well worth the money.  You will probably only need the basic $29.95 version.  They have a free demo to download to see if it can recover your data.

http://www.restorer2000.com/
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willcomp earned 150 total points
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Connect the drive directly by removing it from the external case and installing it in a PC. You may then be able to access the drive. If not, you will have a greater chance of success in data recovery with a direct connection bypassing the USB interface.
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by:nobus
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here a couple of links - free, not free :
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/0,collid,1295,00.asp            Free Recovery
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm                  pc Inspector -free
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                                    Stellar
http://www.runtime.org/                                    GetDataBack
http://www.ontrack.com/                                    Ontrack
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/                              RecoverMyFiles
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by:NerdsOfTech
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If you have access to your Windows O/S disk you can run the following commands IN SEQUENCE under the windows recovery console ( http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsr/p/recoveryconsole.htm ). Make sure that the drive in question is the only drive connected. This should work like a charm.

chkdsk c: /p
after that finishes: fixboot
then, fixmbr

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsc/p/chkdsk.htm
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsf/p/fixboot.htm
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/termsf/p/fixmbr.htm
chkdsk c: /p

fixboot

fixmbr

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by:huntson
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this is not a bootable drive - I had just installed it in another computer that needed an OS reformat.  I transferred the files I needed and that is it.
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by:huntson
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Just connecting it directly to the PC worked.
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by:DewFreak
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You asked for SOFTWARE.  Not another way to do it.
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by:willcomp
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If you were successful, why did you assign a B grade?
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by:huntson
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A B grade because I did not get it done the way I wanted it to
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Then next time I'll not help you recover your data.
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fine.  that is the one thing I hate about this forum - people complain when they do not get points - suck it up and move on
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