Is there anyway to get my data back after apparently reformatting my external hard drive?

by on July 3, 2012

Q: Hello! I recently made the transition from a Macbook (OS X) to a new PC (running Windows 7), and I may have made a critical error in moving my files. I had an external hard drive (WD 5000aav Mybook) that I was using for the Mac, and like a doofus I simply connected it to my PC. I was confused when it only appeared in my Devices and not as a hard drive, and following online advice I “initialized” it hoping to rename the drive and thus solve the problem. It hasn’t fixed that problem, and now I cannot connect it to my Mac. It looks like I may have wiped the drive? I was surprised that there was no prompt or anything. Any help would be appreciated.


One Response to “Is there anyway to get my data back after apparently reformatting my external hard drive?”
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    This question isn’t relevant to your problem but can why would you switch of OS X to Windows 7?

    With that said “initializing” the external hard drive means you formatted it so in theory your data is gone. You might be able to try some software to try to recover it or send it to a professional if you have something you really really need. The other geeks will follow up with the actual options.