I removed a Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB USB2.0 drive from inside the enclosure and now the data doesnt show up on my Windows 7 64 bit bare or with the enclosure. It simply promts me to reformat before I can use it. I must retrieve the data from the drive, so what is the software I would need to retrieve that? I have a lot of time invested, and formatting the drive to reuse it simply isn’t an option.
I noticed the sticky with the “data recovery partners” link, but I’m looking for software to scan the drive and recover the data. The dive itself per s.m.a.r.t. is in great condition. I’ve tried a few weeks ago, but they didn’t work.
Update: I am able to mount the disk in Windows 7 64 bit and assign it a drive letter. When I try to access it, Windows tells me that I must format the device before I can use it. I have the option of both NTFS and FAT. I do not know what format it was originally in (99% was NTFS), so I did not format it. I have tried both NTFS file system recovery and FAT system recovery from www. runtime.org/ “Getdataback” but the software won’t detect either FAT or NTFS structures on the disk to recover. Should I format this drive in NTFS or FAT before I try to recover it? Are WD external drives in some previously unknown format that is impossible to recover?