How can I recover data from an external drive which is not recognised by my computer?

jessica Suhindra October 31, 2014

Hi, my external hard drive suddenly stopped being recognize in my computer. I try to plug it into another computer but it still doesn’t work.

I’ve tried to initialise it, but it keep saying “the specified disk is not convertible because the size is less than the minimum size required for GPT disks” and won’t allow me to format it. I need to get back my data since most of my work is there. I’m really unsure what to do in this situation. Please help!

  1. Williams
    November 24, 2014 at 8:29 am

    No need to panic. Data can easily be recovered as there are lots of freeware software available.

  2. Darrien Gordon
    November 12, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Don't panic! Just make use Remo Recover and restore your entire data from corrupted or damaged external hard drive within few clicks of mouse....

    • Bruce E
      November 13, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Quickly found 2 similar sites: (which looks like it might be legit), and (which appears to be extremely shady) for the software recommended by Darrien. Use either at your own risk.

  3. Oron J
    November 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I second TestDisk. Not the friendliest of packages, but does an amazing job!

  4. ha14
    November 1, 2014 at 8:36 am
    November 1, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Hello, you could try using a linux live disk. Download and burn an image of a linux live disk like knoppix, keep in mind that you could also copy it to a usb drive:

    -- Once the image is downloaded and burned to a cd/dvd, insert disk and restart computer. You might have to go to BIOS and change start up to cd/dvd/usb.

    -- once start up is changed to cd/dvd/usb, computer will start from it instead of harddrive
    -- once the disk starts, it will give you several choices, select the one that says run live cd and let it start
    -- once live cd is running, see if the harddrive is recognized, if it does not mount automatically you can mount it.
    -- if disk is recognized, find the files that that you want back up and copy them to an external drive, flashdrive or you can burn it to cd/dvd.

    If the disk is not recognized, chances are you would need to use recovery software or paid for a recovery service. Hope it helps

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