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I think I have a corrupt file(s) on my external hdd

by scmarkham / July 8, 2007 1:56 AM PDT

I am running Vista on an Acer 9300 laptop and using a Maxtor One Touch III Mini Edition External HDD. This has been running fine up until a week ago. I think I have corrupt file(s) on there although I can't be sure. Last week when I plugged this in it wasn't recognised, although by attaching the hdd before I boot up seems to have solved that problem (it's plug and play - I shouldn't have to do that should I)? Anyway, I can see it in Device Manager and also in Disk Management which tells me that all partitions are healthy and it's running normally - it's not! I have used Acronis Disk Director Suite to recover partitions - again, this tells me everything is fine. I can sometimes open files on the hdd although not always and cannot delete the files that I think are the problem. I try and it tells me that they are going into the recycle bin and then my laptop freezes - something which it does a lot when the hdd is connected. THis is drving me mad now, I would be grateful for any suggestions on how to solve this problem without formatting - something which I am led to believe might not work anyway. Thanks guys!


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What I should do:
by Kees Bakker / July 8, 2007 1:59 AM PDT

1. Run chkdsk to see if it detects (and repairs) any errors in the file system.

If not:
2. Try the drive on another PC. It could be a problem with the USB-connection.

If it gives errors there also:
3. Buy a new drive and hopefully transfer all my files to it before it collapses totally.


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External hdd
by scmarkham / July 8, 2007 6:19 AM PDT
In reply to: What I should do:


Thank you for replying.

I am currently running chkdsk, however, I have never done this before, I googled how to do it and I started by chkdsk /r, the program started to run and told me it was verifying files (stage 1 of 5) and 0 of 2560 file records processed. It only got this far and then went back to command prompt F:\> is this right, I don't think it's doing anything anymore!

USB is fine, other stuff works fine in these USBs and the hdd doesn't work on other pcs so I know it's that.

How can I transfer files to another drive when I'm not sure which one is corrupted?



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Re: corrupt files
by Kees Bakker / July 8, 2007 6:25 AM PDT
In reply to: External hdd


This doesn't look like a corrupted file to me. This looks like a hard disk that's gone south.

The only question left af0ter you buy a new hard disk: how much of these 2560 files are lost forever?

Be sure to format your new hard disk as NTFS. That's somewhat more failure resistant.


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