External HDrive Lost ALL Data. Can it be Recovered?

  Legslip 20:38 28 Jun 2013

I have an Iomega Xtl drive and when I plug it in a window opens and ask if I want to format it. I hit NO and then another instruction appears that states "E is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect".

If I go into properties it states the disk size is 0gb and that there is 0 data on it.

It does/did have important data on it. Can anyone advise what has happened and if it would be able to recover the important data?

  john bunyan 20:45 28 Jun 2013

If your PC can "see" the drive, you could try Recuva See:


  rdave13 20:46 28 Jun 2013

Which Windows OS are you using? If 7 or Vista try connecting to an XP machine. See if you can get the data off it. Could be an incorrect disconnection or shutdown when drive using cashe. Win 7 vulnerable to this but XP might mighr read it correctly.

  Legslip 21:41 28 Jun 2013

Thanks Guys. Tried Recuva but did not find files and also in XP but get the same results as on my Win 7 PC.

Someone mentioned to me to try Ubuntu. Anyone know anything about it and if it might work?

  Legslip 21:42 28 Jun 2013

PS In properties in XP it states the file format is RAW!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:59 28 Jun 2013
  Legslip 22:09 28 Jun 2013

Hang on...... Recuva seems to have kicked in! Fingers crossed, will advise.

  Legslip 15:29 29 Jun 2013

Thanks "The Poet". Recuva worked a treat. Thanks for the other suggestion Fruit Bat.

  john bunyan 20:14 29 Jun 2013


Thanks for feedback. Glad it worked!

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