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 Give me back my shit 
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Post Give me back my shit
I have a question for anyone who knows their stuff about computers - specifically hard-drive issues. My external drive stopped working the other day for no apparent reason; now, whenever I try to access it, I just get a message saying "This drive needs to be formatted."

I avoided Windows' built-in formatting tool, since it refuses to use anything other than NTFS. However, when I used the program that came with the drive, it gave me the option to "unlock" the partition. Or something. Here's a screenshot.

So, the question: What the bloody hell is that? Do you think my files might still be on the drive, just waiting to be unlocked? Or is it a lost cause? The program doesn't seem to let me unlock without formatting the drive, which doesn't make much sense.

Please help me out if you have any idea what's going on here - I'm clueless. Thanks!

Fri Jun 30, 2006 3:14 pm
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I think you got h4x0r3d. O_O

Fri Jun 30, 2006 6:44 pm
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Beh, FAT.
Sounds like you're fubar'd. If you can get your hands on SpinRite, do it, then set aside some time for it to run.

Sat Jul 01, 2006 2:25 pm
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