EXT. HD no longer readable

Discussion in 'iMac' started by talkindrum, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. talkindrum macrumors newbie

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    Oct 23, 2008
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    i have had this WD "my book" ext. HD for about a year without a problem
    Today after restarting the computer i got a notice, instead of the HD icon
    on screen i got a box that said "the disk you inserted is not readable by this
    computer" below this was 3 options ... initialize, ignore, eject"
    i was afraid that initialize would erase or reformat the drive so i pressed
    eject, ive tried many times but still the same thing.
    has my ext. HD died? should i click initialize? all my backup data &
    time machine, music,etc... is on this drive, i dont know what to do.
    can anyone help? Thanks, :eek:
     
  2. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

    DewGuy1999

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    Initialize = Erase! Only choose initialize if you want to erase everything and start over. Have you tried running Disk Utility's Repair Disk on it?
     
  3. talkindrum thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oct 23, 2008
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    no i have not, but how can i run the utility if the drive wont launch?
    is there a way to get the data off this external drive if it is still there?
    how ?
     
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

    DewGuy1999

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    Sometimes Disk Utility will recognize a drive that the system doesn't. As far as getting data off of it, a data rescue program or service might be able to read it. I've never used either so don't have an experience with them. Maybe another computer Mac or PC (PC with the necessary software to read a Mac drive) might be able to read it.
     

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