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External Hard Drive Not Recognized And Not Initialized


I have an external western digital 640gb hard drive. When i purchased it i hooked it to my dvr. The dvr formatted the drive. I have video recorded on it and would like to transfer to my computer. However, i plug it in my computer (after installing software drivers) and it recognizes it to install it. When i go to device manger it is showing there. When i go to disk management it says "unallocated" and "not initialized". How can i get my videos from the hard drive to my computer? I was told by wd that i would have to format the drive through windows xp but then i would loose my data. I was then told i could send my drive to a data recovery partner of theirs and they could recover it to the tune of $1000. 00.

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