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My WD 1TB My Book Home Edition suddenly gone to a "RAW" File system.

Is there anyway for me to recover it back to FAT32 format without loosing any data?

Please any input would be nice.
 

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How about something free?
 

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So the hard drive went bad and the computer can't even recognize the partition or file type?

Might want do a chkdsk... otherwise the data is probably gone without some type of professional recovery software.

if chkdsk does work and recover the partition, backup all the data immediately and run the WD lifeguard diagnostic tool to see if the drive did go bad.
 

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The External HDD was going along smoothly, one day i booted my lappy up(where it's always connected) then i tried opening it, then it say that the drive is not formatted.

Tried to plug it into these...

Windows XP using USB
Windows Vista using USB
Windows 7 uisng USB
Windows 7 using firewire.

I just found this

One of the guys there said to use this.

I need all my data back, and as much as possible, not buy a new HDD for now.
 

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There are numerous recovery apps that will let you scan and recover data from the drive, many of them free.

The program I prefer is commercial and isn't supported anymore, but something like TestDisk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk) should do what you need.
 

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There are numerous recovery apps that will let you scan and recover data from the drive, many of them free.

The program I prefer is commercial and isn't supported anymore, but something like TestDisk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk) should do what you need.
Can i just recover the partition, and not buy a new HDD for a couple of months with that?
 

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Also the file system before was FAT32, if that helps
 

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Also how exactly will i use TestDisk?
 

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TestDisk is decent, but from my experience, doesn't recover directory structures at all or very well. I prefer GetDataBack. It costs money, but is a very good application.
 
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