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Pyrotechnic

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I have a 2.5" 20 GB laptop drive in a Rosewill USB external enclosure that I use for my laptop. It's formatted FAT32 and it's the common ground between Windows and Mac OS on my laptop.

I booted into Mac OS and a message popped up and said the drive wasn't recognized and I needed to format it. I booted into Windows and again it's asking me to format.

I go into the disk manager and what I see is strange. New drives usally show up unallocated. This shows up as having a partition, basic, healthy, but there's no partition type listed. Did it just forget that it was FAT32 ?

There is some data on this drive that I can't replace. Not the end of the world if it's gone forever but I'd like to have it back if there is something simple that I can do ? What the heck happened here ?
 

Know Nuttin

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It happens if the partition table gets mucked up. I'd run recovery software to get your data off before doing any type of repair to the drive.
 
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Pyrotechnic

Pyrotechnic

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Thanks ! I got some recovery software and I was able to get everything valuable off the drive. Nothing was corrupt.

What would cause this ? Is the drive itself failing, or was it just a data transfer error during normal operation of the drive ?
 
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Pyrotechnic

Pyrotechnic

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I've tried twice to repartition and reformat the drive with Windows 7 (FAT32). Both times it stops at 64%, and the activity light on the enclosure goes out. I'm thinking the drive is toast ? Don't think an issue with the USB/IDE bridge in the enclosure would do something like this ?

Only other thing I can think of is to try and dig up my 3.5" 40 pin to laptop 2.5 drive adapter and stick it inside the desktop system.
 

Know Nuttin

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Could be either one. In all honesty though, a 20GB drive nowadays is worth nothing, you may be just better off spending the $30-40 and getting a new external drive. Drives do have finite lives.