Storage forum: Oops, I accidentally unplugged my USB hard drive, now I can't access it.

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) July 2, 2010 1:51 PM PDT

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Oops, I accidentally unplugged my USB hard drive, now I can't access it.

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 7/2/10 1:51 PM

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Oops, I accidentally unplugged my USB hard drive, now I can't access it.


I've run into a super-crisis! While creating a bootable Ubuntu USB (for my uni course), the creator needed the USB to be formatted. I had my flash disk as well as my family's external hard drive (used for storing all our digital photos, etc.) both plugged in. After accidentally clicking on the wrong drive, I panicked and stupidly pulled the USB cord connecting the external hard drive. Now whenever I plug in the hard drive into any computer, the various OSes want to format the hard drive. Is there any way I can recover the many precious files on the hard drive?

--Submitted by Brendan L. from Sydney, Australia

Sounds like the drive has started to be formatted as EXT3 --Submitted by darrenforster99
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3333270#3333270

Partition recovery --Submitted by darrenforster99
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3333274#3333274

STOP!! --Submitted by Zouch
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3332824#3332824

Disk recovery tools, take it to a pro or experienced amateur --Submitted by chlpatent
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3333418#3333418

Unable to access USB hard drive --Submitted by GEO2003
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7588_102-0.html?messageID=3332503#3332503

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