I’m not sure if anyone can help me out with this or not, but I’m having some issues recovering the data on my external that recently broke. It’s an old drive, I’ve had it for about five years now, but the metal port that the USB cable connects to broke off and fell inside the drive. It’s way past warranty, so I opened it up and took the drive out to try and get the data off it.
I purchased a dock that lets me plug my HD in and connect it to my computer via USB, but I’ve encountered a bit of a catch-22:
When I hook it to my computer it tells me I need to format the drive before I can access it.
I ran software (EaseUS) that lets me recover deleted files on the external drive and it only recovered stuff I had deleted in the past, with no access to the files currently on the drive.
So, I can’t access the files without formating the drive, which will delete the files I’m trying to access. I don’t want to do this, however, because the drive has practically EVERYTHING important on it that I’ve been backing up over the years. Pictures, text documents, etc.
My only idea is to format the drive and then try to recover deleted data, since the format will have deleted the files stuck on it. I’m not sure if that would even work though.
Does anyone have any ideas or similar experience?