Hi there. I run a Windows Vista pc with a WD 1tb external HDD. These have worked well together for several years.
Suddenly Windows doesn't see the WD as it used to. It now calls it Local Disc F and asks to format it whenever I click on the drive icon. I'd rather not as there's about 400gb of various data on there.
I've tried it on my Windows 7 laptop with the same result. I've tried booting up, then turning the WD on. I've tried booting with it already attached and turned on.
I can't find a way into the case it's in. I thought I'd try it in another case I have but I'd rather not have to destroy this one. The other case is old and uses a different power connector so I can't just swap the connectors over.
I've looked in computer management/disk management which sees the hard drive as
Healthy (Primary Partition)
I’m at a loss as to what to do next. I really need the data on this hard drive, I don’t have any on either of my computers – try to keep them clean so they work better. I do have some backups but not everything unfortunately. Been a bit lazy of late :$
Does anyone have any ideas about getting the drive working or, at least, getting the data off it so I can format it please?