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\015 One day couldn't access hard drive it said ''your disk is not formatted do you want to format now'' I obviously clicked no, I've now removed the hard drive from my pc and am trying to access the hard drive on my vista laptop via a IDE to USB converter connection. it kinda recognises it and shows as a usb device, but you can't find the driver letter on my computer, and it constantly freezes. its set as a slave etc on hard drive but it's totally corrupt and not accessible. I've downloaded ontrack data recovery software, but what can i do if it won't recognise it as a drive?\015\012\015\012any guidance would be much appreciated as i've got years of pictures and vids that im afraid i've lost....\015\012\015\012i used the hard drive for just dragging and dropping files and im not sure if there was any operating system on there, if there was it would be windows xp....\015

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I haave read that sometimes freezing the HD will allow limited time access.Worth a try. Next option is a data recovery service whom dissassembles the drives and reads the disk.Very expensive, I hear. 
Reboot your system. Insert your Operating System Disc. You can repair it by using your OS disc. It will search for your previous OS installion and will give you options to Install a fresh copy of OS or Repair your previous installation. Choose Repair so that your files will not be deleted from your harddrive.

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