: HELP!! Ext HD used on pc, then on mac wont work anymore!


tlf
Apr 2nd, 2008, 02:07 AM
Hi there everyone ,
I have an (USB 2) external drive 235Gb or something close, which i use for my back - up . I work on a Mac but at home ( for which i use the back up drive) I use a Pc running XP Pro.

Recently i took the drive to work to see if i could get some data off of it to use on the Mac (just graphics - not applications). For a short time i could access the drive, then it simply disappeared from virtual view then told me it was not readable by the mac, but would i like to initialize it ....... I just thought it may be a Mac/Pc compatibility issue.
When i got home and plugged in the drive to my PC It was recognized but keeps coming up with a window stating that " this hard drive is not formatted , would you like to format now?".....

:eek: Hello !!! NO!!!!! .

I have tried some data recovery software but XX) :-( it just tells me the File system is corrupt - any ideas as to how i can either restore the file system to / or recover the data ( for PC )
Any way thats as far as i got. After hiding the drive in my drawer for a while hoping that the problem would miraculously go away I have decided to face reality and ask for help... so .... Pleeeeeez Help , what can i do ( or next step will be therapy!!)

Regards desperately
Tracey-Lee

Vegas Underground
Apr 2nd, 2008, 02:50 AM
If its just the data you want, and you want to access that data on a PC, then Mac Drive is your best bet. Its what I used when I used to install Windows on my iMac.

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Fox
Apr 2nd, 2008, 07:33 AM
This sounds like either a data corruption issue or that the drive, itself has gone bad. Assuming that the data on it are replaceable (i.e., still on the PC at work), I would let either the Mac or the PC reformat the drive. (If you use the Mac, format using the DOS option so that both computers can read from it.) If you are using an older Mac and doing the formatting on the PC, you may have to format it as FAT-32 for the Mac to see it - I'm not sure about this.

psxp
Apr 2nd, 2008, 09:09 AM
If you are using an older Mac and doing the formatting on the PC, you may have to format it as FAT-32 for the Mac to see it - I'm not sure about this.

Yes, if reformatting on the PC, then use FAT 32 so you can read/write from Mac OS and Windows.

If you need to recover your data from the drive, thats another whole story...

dona83
Apr 2nd, 2008, 09:14 AM
You may need to take the drive to a data recovery specialist. Your data is still there but you need to recover it somehow. Absolutely do not write new stuff onto the drive.

The problem was your drive was probably formatted to NTFS, a file format that's only compatible with Windows, as opposed to the universal FAT32.

irontree
Apr 2nd, 2008, 09:23 AM
For a short time i could access the drive, then it simply disappeared from virtual view then told me it was not readable by the mac, but would i like to initialize it ....... I just thought it may be a Mac/Pc compatibility issue.
When

May sound weird, but you didn't mention if you clicked cancel or not at this stage.

chas_m
Apr 2nd, 2008, 12:40 PM
At the beginning of this post, you said this drive was used for BACKUP purposes. In other words, all the data on that drive exists on one or the other of your two machines still.

If that's the case, why even worry about this? Reformat the drive as FAT32 so that it can be used with both machines, copy the info on the machines back onto it and be on your merry way.

Or did I miss something?

smashedbanana
Apr 2nd, 2008, 05:21 PM
Don't reformat it.

If the data is important put the hard drive in the freezer for 8 or more hours and then take it out plug it in and get the stuff off asap.

If the data isn't important then look at replacing it. If it's a name brand extrenal check with the manufacturer of the case. If it's a no-name take the hard drive out of the case and check with the manufacturer of the actual hard drive.

Ed

tlf
Apr 4th, 2008, 01:47 AM
At the beginning of this post, you said this drive was used for BACKUP purposes. In other words, all the data on that drive exists on one or the other of your two machines still.

If that's the case, why even worry about this? Reformat the drive as FAT32 so that it can be used with both machines, copy the info on the machines back onto it and be on your merry way.

Or did I miss something?

yup , It was for back -up , problem is i Had to format my existing PC and have not yet finished restoring all the data to it yet, so i do really need the data off it for the PC first before i do anything else. ....
any ideas????

tlf
Apr 4th, 2008, 01:50 AM
May sound weird, but you didn't mention if you clicked cancel or not at this stage.

may sound " blonde " but i cant remember if i did ...

tlf
Apr 4th, 2008, 01:54 AM
Yes, if reformatting on the PC, then use FAT 32 so you can read/write from Mac OS and Windows.

If you need to recover your data from the drive, thats another whole story...

Thats exactly my problem - i have not completed restoring from it !!!!!! - if you have any ideas on the other story - im all ears!!!!

tlf
Apr 4th, 2008, 02:55 AM
This sounds like either a data corruption issue or that the drive, itself has gone bad. Assuming that the data on it are replaceable (i.e., still on the PC at work), I would let either the Mac or the PC reformat the drive. (If you use the Mac, format using the DOS option so that both computers can read from it.) If you are using an older Mac and doing the formatting on the PC, you may have to format it as FAT-32 for the Mac to see it - I'm not sure about this.


Its definatly the file system thats been corrupted , the data i think is still intact , i need to know how to get access to the data first , save it them restore the drive.
any ideas on accessing unaccessable data??????