Corrupted and unreadable hard drive

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  1. macstuff11 macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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 6502a

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    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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