Corrupted and unreadable hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by macstuff11, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. macstuff11 macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2015
    Apologies if this has been covered before but I'm wondering if I have a special set of circumstances. I have an HFS hard drive that I formatted on a Mac and then installed Paragon for Windows on my laptop to be able to read it and to be fair, it worked well. I was working off the hard drive on the Windows and it suddenly stopped working. I had to pull it out to get it to respond but when I put it back in, it says its corrupted and unreadable. Similar story on a Mac, tried to repair and it doesn't repair the disk. How do I get the information off the hard drive as I assume I have to reformat? And I'm assuming reformatting will get it working again?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    If you want to retrieve data of the drive do not reformat it as that will make recovery even more difficult. If Disk Utility cannot repair the drive, you might take a look at a tool like Disk Warrior, but it is not cheap.

    If you don't want the data, a reformat might make the drive work again, but I would not trust it after that.
  3. kohlson macrumors 65816

    Apr 23, 2010
    This could be a couple of things - bad driver, bad enclosure and/or corrupted drive. Try swapping it into another enclosure and another system.

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