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External hard drive crash(MaxtorOneTouch II300GB)please Help

Hello all
I have had a Maxtor one touch II external hard drive 300gb hooked (USB)to my win XP media center edition, version 2002,service pack3, for about three years now, all relatively was fine until yesterday when I was trying to open a picture from it all of sudden it froze up so I try to closed the file but it don?t let me do anything but at the same time my pc was running fine so I manually switch off the power line from hard drive n turn back on it again since than I can see the drive on my computer as usual n when I try to open it all I am getting a error massage /j.. Is not accessible ???.the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable, I have lot?s file on it witch I need so bad ???..i did research on net almost a week all I found data recovery site, people n place where they asking so much money and than I finely ended up with Search and Recover4 software with dose recovering some file but not all also main time when I check under disk management it showing me that drive is healthy and it?s only letting me do is formatting the disk????.please guys help me is there any way that I can recover the drive???. thank you soooo much in advance. Please mail me at

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recover files

If you want to recover files, I could recommend you a product, DATA RECOVERY WIZARD, which is efficient and valuable. I thing the most important thing is recovering files.

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First we are seeing easeus products spammed here.

In reply to: External hard drive crash(MaxtorOneTouch II300GB)please Help

For that I don't recommend that name. Instead I suggest you look at our Storage forum and the cures are to replace the drive housing if there is any power issue or anomaly.

Next for recovery software we try these -> Getdataback and Zero Assumption Recovery.

In closing, hard disks are convenient copies. We still need to backup these.

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Like Bob I recommend avoiding SPAMMED products ...

as although they may actually be OK their methods and techniques for name recognition are suspect.

When the error message includes words to the effect of "file or directory is corrupted and unreadable" I recommend making use of Window's native CHKDSK with the /R /F switches from the command prompt (assuming the external drive is shown in "My Computer" as drive F the actual command would be CHKDSK f: /R /F). That often solves the problem by repairing the directory structure.

Sometimes it doesn't work until the drive is removed from the external case and attached as an internal drive but try it first while still in its external configuration since Disk Management still recognizes it as a partitioned volume.

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