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    External stoped reading
    i have an external harddrive with 1tb of data onit and it and it comes up saying i need to format and that it can not be read, is there a way of recovering my data?

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
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    It depends on what's wrong with the drive. If the drive can be "seen" and accessed by software, then the answer is yes.

    The best recovery software in my opinion is Data Rescue 3 by Prosoft. It's $99 for a license so you might wish to download a trial copy first to see if it works for you.

    Also, sometimes the drive enclosure electronics may fail but the drive and data are still good. It may be possible to remove the drive from its original enclosure and place it in a new one (USB) and recover the data that way. Of course that voids your warranty, so it might be a last resort.

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