Posted on 2011-05-02
I have an old Maxtor One Touch II external USB drive with 2 NTFS partitions (E: and H:).
W7 Home says the partitions are not formatted:
Each time the USB drive is connected, I am prompted with "You need to format the disk in drive E: / H: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?"
In "Computer Management", the E: and H: partitions are shown as RAW
The partitions display when I select "safely remove hardware" in system tray (none of my other external USB drives are listed to "safely remove" - not sure why the difference? Thinking this makes this drive more suseptible to data corruption than the other USB drives?)
The partition sizes are still the same as before there was a problem.
I want to understand what got "trashed": partition table? MFT?
And I want to know how to recover (suggested steps / software). I've messed around with free recovery software in the past but my impression is that there is a significant difference between free and paid recovery software - is that correct?