Harddrive issue- is it safe to reformat and then recover?
Hi, I've got a 1 TB Seagate Freeagent Go Portable HD that's seems busted. Has been working fine for several years, has loads of data on it. Only 1 partition.
Last week, Windows 7 suddenly gave a message that the drive needs reformatting, because apparently it wasn't.
Disk Management in Computer Management lists the disk as 'RAW', gives it a drive letter, but I can't connect to it in Windows Explorer.
I've read here that an idea is to do a full format of the drive (NTFS), then use a file recovery program to get the data back. Obviously I'm a bit nervous about this, but it sounds ok in principle. Do you think this would work?
And no, the data isn't backed up....
Thanks for any advice :)
ps- programs like "Save My Files", "Recover My Files", "Zero Assumption Recovery", "MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition", "Handy Recovery", "iCare data Recovery Software", "Seagate File Recovery for Windows", "Find and Mount", and "EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.5.1" haven't been able to recognise the drive...