External Hard drive show unformatted
Posted on 2010-11-18
I have an external USB 2.0 2TB hard drive that all of a sudden shows that it is unformatted. Here is the background.
My old computer has two drives in a raid0 array that I used for storage. The raid controller was bad, kept dropping the array but it would show back up when I reboot. So I transferred all my data to a new WD 2TB external usb drive. I used it several times to get little bits of information off it over the course of two weeks. I got my new computer built, plugged in the external but it did not show in My Computer (Windows 7 Ultimate x64). I went to disk manager and it shows the drive as unformatted! It was formatted as Fat32.
I plugged it into another computer and ran GetDataBackFat32, which has now been running for three days and is only at 31%. It shows 258000+ files identified so far, but I do not know of those are going to be recoverable. It seems to me that maybe just the partition information is missing. Is there another way for me to fix this external so I can access the data? It is a Western Digital.