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Empty folders! Desperately need my data back

Help! I make music on my laptop, and use an external hard drive for all the storage. I have been working on an album for the past year.

I recently had some device i/o errors with my Western Digital MyBook Essential 500 GB when trying to access a couple of my song files.

I figured since it was an i/o error it must be a problem with the enclosure. So I took out the hard drive (3.5" SATA) and put it in a new enclosure.

Now when i look at the folder with the song files, it shows that it is empty, size 0, size on disc 0, contains 0 folders. My other folders still have data, just not this one that I was accessing when the i/o errors started happening.

Is my data gone forever? Is there a reliable data recovery program? I'm desperate and would truly appreciate any help. I signed up to cnet just for this.


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How much is it worth?

In reply to: Empty folders! Desperately need my data back

While I like GETDATABACK and ZERO ASSUMPTION RECOVERY your story is one where I'd defer to

And where was the backup copy? Most of our stuff fits on a 1 dollar DVDR or even a 10 buck USB memory stick.

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check it first

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Whether you check it in Disk Management? Whether the partition/disk size or other information is correct? This I/O error appears in many computers. I think you files should be recovered. To recover files, you may try another product Data Recovery Wizard, which is easy to use.

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easeus drw ONLY mentions one product.

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It makes me suspicious of their posts.

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Thanks everyone. I'll try some of these options.

Also, checkdisk doesn't even work on the drive. Is this a sure sign of something?

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That's a sure sign of troubles.

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Time to turn to a data recovery company to have the biggest chance of getting your precious data back. In the future: BACKUP!


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