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  • When I insert my external hard drive, the icon shows. but anytime i try to open it, it does not. i try formatting it too but the formatting does not end. I have very important documents on it. I need help, pleeeeeaaaase.
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 3:55 PM

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  • On Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:55:16 +0000, Francis Martinson wrote:

    When I insert my external hard drive, the icon shows. but anytime i try to open it, it does not. i try formatting it too but the formatting does not end. I have very important documents on it. I need help, pleeeeeaaaase.

    For your sake, I hope the formatting didn't begin! Formatting wipes
    out everything on the drive. If you have very important documents on
    it, formatting it successfully would mean those documents were gone.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Thursday, January 20, 2011 6:07 AM
    Thursday, January 13, 2011 1:19 AM

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  •  i try formatting it too but the formatting does not end. I have very important documents on it. I need help, pleeeeeaaaase.

    Formating deletes the data!! DON'T DO THIS!

    Is your HDD getting a drive letter assigned?


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:47 PM
  • On Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:55:16 +0000, Francis Martinson wrote:

    When I insert my external hard drive, the icon shows. but anytime i try to open it, it does not. i try formatting it too but the formatting does not end. I have very important documents on it. I need help, pleeeeeaaaase.

    For your sake, I hope the formatting didn't begin! Formatting wipes
    out everything on the drive. If you have very important documents on
    it, formatting it successfully would mean those documents were gone.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    • Marked as answer by Leo Huang Thursday, January 20, 2011 6:07 AM
    Thursday, January 13, 2011 1:19 AM
  • On Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:55:16 +0000, Francis Martinson wrote:

    When I insert my external hard drive, the icon shows. but anytime i try to open it, it does not. i try formatting it too but the formatting does not end. I have very important documents on it. I need help, pleeeeeaaaase.

    For your sake, I hope the formatting didn't begin! Formatting wipes
    out everything on the drive. If you have very important documents on
    it, formatting it successfully would mean those documents were gone.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP


    Do you happen to hear the Hard Drvie spin up or make any other funny noises?  Did you to try to plug the external hard drive  into another computer? I ditto to what Ken said.

     

    Thursday, January 13, 2011 2:22 AM