external hard drive Help

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jaysee, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I was organizing 10 years of pictures and videos and somehow the external hard drive now says it's corrupted and needs to be reformatted :( Unfortunately my entire music collection was there too.

    What can I do?
  2. YeoyWell Known MemberMember

    I had this happen once, and sent it off to a local tech bloke I know who retrieved all the data. Someone on here might know the way, but I called in a Pro. It's very frustrating when your backup is broken.

  3. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Yeah.... I wouldn't be comfortable sending it out....

  4. guppygrlValued MemberMember

    I've heard of a program called Getdataback that has worked for people. I'm no expert on the subject but it's got good reviews. It can read raw data when the fat or file structure is messed up.

  5. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Oh that would be terrific!
  6. bankruptjojoFishlore VIPMember

    ask cichlidnut he is very knowledgeable about computers.
  7. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    It's not a backup if it isn't in more than 1 location. External drive are more prone to damage than one inside your computer. Just some info for future reference.

    I've had luck many times being able to read a "corrupt" windows drive, on linux. You can download ubuntu and boot your computer from the CD without installing anything. If you can access your drive from there, you're probably fine.

    I also have some free software for data recovery. I'm not sure how technically inclined you are.

    Edit: This is the software I use to recover data  

    After you have recovered your data, you can attempt a chkdsk.

    Run a dos command prompt as admin, then change your path to the drive in questing (D: for example) Then run chkdsk /f

    I have seen some of the most horrific things. People seriously scare me.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 16, 2012
  8. guppygrlValued MemberMember

    Very creepy! When I worked in the IT department at a local highschool... I'd find lots of students attempting to do stuff like that. Some crazy and creepy people out there!
  9. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I'm trying it.....
  10. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Good luck Jaysee!
  11. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Thank you! It worked! Costs $70 for the software....A small price to pay to maintain privacy ;)
  12. guppygrlValued MemberMember

    Yeah!! So happy that worked for you! :)
  13. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    Mine was free :D
  14. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I missed that...

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