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  1. #1

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    May 22, 2009
    Data loss in Externa Drive due to Device Removal
    i have an ibook and connected an external hard disk. while the led in the ehd was still blinking, the wire got disconnected and the device removal error appeared.


    I did not do a delete, it was just reading/loading.

    Anybody who has experienced data loss with a device removal error? and more importantly, how do i recover my files?

  2. #2

    Member Since
    May 22, 2009
    The external hard disk used to work before. It had 2 partitions. It still can be read and data can be written. It's just that the data that was there before vanished.


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    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    If you want any hope at all of recovering those lost files, do NOT USE the drive! Even the act of attaching the drive to your iBook can cause overwriting of the data.

    Data recovery software may work. Here's a good one: Link

    Here's another: Link


  4. #4

    Member Since
    May 22, 2009
    thanks! i tried data rescue but it will take a couple of thousand of hours just to scan!

    I'll try the other one.

    any explanation on why this happened? this happened with some usb disks too but my data remains intact.

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    dtravis7's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7 OS10.13 iMac 2008 OSX10.11, MBP Late2011OS10.13 , iPad Pro 10.5", iPhone 5s,
    On modern OS's when a drive is mounted, files are open. You say the activity light was blinking which indicates files were being opened or written to. To just pull the cable when activity is taking place can cause all sorts of damage. Some do it all the time and are very lucky they loose nothing. I have accidently pulled the cable many times and most nothing lost but a couple of times the whole drive was corrupted. I have had this with both Flash drives and norman HD's.

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