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    problem with external hdd

    I had a 500GB WD 2.5" hdd installed in my ps3, then i had to sell my ps3 so took that out with all my media left in it. Now i bought a basic hdd enclosure installed the hdd but my laptop(win 7) is not recognising the hdd...actualy it does recognise it because once connected to usb it installs the drivers etc..i can see the dive in disk managemnet and also apeares in device manager under Disk Drives BUT i can not see it in my computer.
    I connected it to my ps3 via usb but ps3 didnt see it...its formatted to FAT32 so the ps3 shoud see it...!!
    I have all my stuff my music movies photos etc...on it so i do not want to reformat it....
    i've tried the drive on a different machine with win XP but exactly the same propblem systems sees the drive but does not apear in the My Computer section...

    any suggestions as to what i can do without loosing the data...

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    In disk management does it say
    Healthy ( active,primary partition )

    ridiculously the exact same thing has happened to my buffalo 500gig external hard drive not more than 5 mins ago. showing up under device manager but not appearing in computer using windows 7.

    I'm off to google.

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    tonyg1962;7961989

    In disk management does it say Healthy ( active,primary partition )



    doesnt say anything jus "Unallocated" does that mean the drive is corrupted?

    problem solved on mine anyway. in device manager right click the drive, troubleshoot and let windows 7 do its stuff. on mine turns out the proper drivers weren't installed which is weird as it was working fine an hour ago.

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    dcx_badass;7962068

    I'm pretty sure when it's used internally in the PS3 it formats it to … I'm pretty sure when it's used internally in the PS3 it formats it to it's own filesystem.



    in that sense if i out the hdd back inside the ps3 it should jus recognise it...but it doesnt it asks me to format it again ... an di cant afford to do that can not loose my data!

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    ants97;7962089

    problem solved on mine anyway. in device manager right click the drive, … problem solved on mine anyway. in device manager right click the drive, troubleshoot and let windows 7 do its stuff. on mine turns out the proper drivers weren't installed which is weird as it was working fine an hour ago.



    i'll try that now

    i dont see the troubleshoot anywhere...going to uninstall drivers and install again

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    Forest_Gump;7962094

    i'll try that nowi dont see the troubleshoot anywhere...going to … i'll try that nowi dont see the troubleshoot anywhere...going to uninstall drivers and install again



    nothing still same problem

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    Anyone??

    dcx_badass;7962068

    I'm pretty sure when it's used internally in the PS3 it formats it to … I'm pretty sure when it's used internally in the PS3 it formats it to it's own filesystem.



    From what ive read i thought that to.

    quote from a quick google: 'If you are wondering how to mount the XMB partition on a PC, forget it. It is encrypted and can only be read and written by the hypervisor. There are people who have managed to copy various things off of it, such as old versions of the Home source code, but you generally can't mount it on a pc.' 'Internal file system is SPUFS. It is based upon Linux's ext3 file system. It is encoded.'

    And as you most probs well know... even if you stuck it back in a PS3 it will format the drive anyway because its machine specific.

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    Squelds;7962855

    From what ive read i thought that to.quote from a quick google: 'If you … From what ive read i thought that to.quote from a quick google: 'If you are wondering how to mount the XMB partition on a PC, forget it. It is encrypted and can only be read and written by the hypervisor. There are people who have managed to copy various things off of it, such as old versions of the Home source code, but you generally can't mount it on a pc.' 'Internal file system is SPUFS. It is based upon Linux's ext3 file system. It is encoded.'And as you most probs well know... even if you stuck it back in a PS3 it will format the drive anyway because its machine specific.



    Damn it...looks like im going to loose all my data...maybe i can use a file recovery software to recover data...is that going to work?

    Not on that file structure im afraid :-(

    Original Poster

    Thanks everyone..looks like i'll have to say bye bye to all my movies n music collection which isnt a huge deal compared to all the personal photos that im goin to loose:cry:

    never mind..not end of the world..
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