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25 February 2013 06:01:40

Hello there,

For almost three months, I've been happily using my Buffalo HD-PNTU3 External Hard Drive. It's been working fine, save for the same problem I'm experiencing now when I first used it. I had fixed this problem my connecting the Ex. HDD to a regular USB port, rather than using an expansion USB hub.

So, here's the problem:

I cannot access my external hard drive whatsoever. I had been able to use it for a while, until I decided to switch ports. I safely removed the hardware and proceeded to change ports.

And then, this happened: http://scr.hu/227/ul5rk and http://scr.hu/227/ty8i4

I cannot access my (E:)  drive— it was previously accessible as my External Hard Drive, but now it is being temperamental with me. I had checked the Device Manager to see if it was still recognized, and it was.

Shown here: http://scr.hu/227/g3fdo

I also checked the Disk Management:

http://scr.hu/227/elp5g

Both instances show that it clearly exists and I'm not some mad fool. I have tried reconnecting it to its original port, but alas, no results were shown, only more failure. Updating the drivers didn't seem to help, and nor did uninstalling/reinstalling them help either.

If you can be of any help, please recommend some tips!

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I am running Windows 8, if that's a factor. I've also tried using it on a Windows 7 computer, but the same problem persisted.

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25 February 2013 08:09:20

All right! From your picture, I can see your E drive is displayed as “RAW”. “RAW” is a kind of file system that cannot be recognized by Windows or Mac. Therefore, that may be the problem. As I know, the RAW drive can be fixed by reformatting. Have you tried that?
If you cannot take the chance to format it for the inner data, I would recommend you to try a free hard drive recovery tool that can easily recover all your data back inside in the same way as it helped my friend retrieve all his inaccessible data back. He always maintains it is really worth a shot. Get more information of this freeware here: http://blog4mark.blogspot.com/2012/11/convert-raw-to-nt...
In short, you should recover your data at first and format it to have a try afterwards.
Actually, you also should remember to make data backups on separate drives in the future.
Good luck!
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25 February 2013 13:33:24

Alaniary99 said:
All right! From your picture, I can see your E drive is displayed as “RAW”. “RAW” is a kind of file system that cannot be recognized by Windows or Mac. Therefore, that may be the problem. As I know, the RAW drive can be fixed by reformatting. Have you tried that?
If you cannot take the chance to format it for the inner data, I would recommend you to try a free hard drive recovery tool that can easily recover all your data back inside in the same way as it helped my friend retrieve all his inaccessible data back. He always maintains it is really worth a shot. Get more information of this freeware here: http://blog4mark.blogspot.com/2012/11/convert-raw-to-nt...
In short, you should recover your data at first and format it to have a try afterwards.
Actually, you also should remember to make data backups on separate drives in the future.
Good luck!


Well, before I saw this, I actually tried running a dskchk, and it cleared everything up. Thanks anyways! ^^
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25 February 2013 13:33:31

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