External usb hard drive showing as unformatted

  howard64 17:22 08 Oct 2007

My external usb hard drive was connected to a pc which crashed. On rebooting and trying to use the drive it tells me it is not formatted. Do you know anyway to recover the data? It was my main backup and contains a friends itunes collection and guess what his pc has died. I can only assume that the mbr has been garbled but know no way of getting in to rewrite it. It is a Maxtor 320GB. Any suggestions gratefully received. Thanks in advance.

  The Kestrel 17:27 08 Oct 2007

Don't know whether this may help click here but worth a read.

  howard64 12:34 09 Oct 2007

thanks for the info - I have tried all suggestions but nothing has worked so far.

  howard64 10:23 10 Oct 2007

does anyone know of a cheap or free prog that can write an mbr to a usb external drive? Using the demo of a £300 prog I can see that the files are still intact but I need something that could either write an MBR or copy all the files off.

  howard64 11:06 10 Oct 2007

good morning UncleP as I said at the begining the drive is being correctly identified but shown as unformatted. I am being offered the chance to format it but that will loose everything on it. Also using the demo of a £300 prog I can see that the files are still intact showing that nothing else appears to be wrong with the drive.

  The Kestrel 20:10 11 Oct 2007

If the files on the HD you need are not corrupted, I think PC World may be able to copy them onto a CD or DVD for you. I took my son's damaged HD along to them and they were able to rescue some important university project files.

  howard64 11:28 20 Oct 2007

thanks to Easeus Data Recovery Wizard I was able to recover all the data from the external hard drive. I could not find anything that would rewrite the master boot record. So after recovering the data I reformatted the drive and everything is now back to how it was before. Thanks to all those who offered advice.

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