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 PostPost subject: Help! External Hard Drive Corrupted!        Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:32 am 
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Most of the files come up with random gibberish as their names (like Ω3Oç├⌡%.╩üü) and have ridiculous dates on them (like 10/5/2104). Most of the files are like this. I'm trying to backup all the ones that are OK before they mess up, but I don't have the disk space. I've run CHKDSK (including with the /f parameter) but it says that 'FOLDER' is unrecoverable and asks me if I want to make it into a file. I'm also running a program called Recover My Files. Defragging doesn't work.

Is there any way that I can sort this out (preferably with no data loss)?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 10:49 am 
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Rescue all of the data that is good to another drive, make a list whats missing and redownload it.

After rescueing all data, format the drive (remove with Fdisk and the a create a new partition, format it low-level).
The diskpart utility is good enough.

At CMD:
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list disk
(see what drive it is)
select disk X
(X is your drive number)
clean all (if its a 500GB drive, this will take about 6/7 hours).

I am sorry, but i cannot think of anything else.

If there is another way with saving all data.

(maybe only the MBR broken?)

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:03 pm 
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There are plenty of data recovery options.

I've had luck with these three:
EasyRecovery Professional
GetDataBack
Zero Assumption Recovery


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:11 pm 
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I've used GetDataBack and it worked excellent for me. I'd recommend that ;)

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:24 pm 
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It's a miracle! Somehow just unplugging and replugging in the hard drive did the trick! Don't ask me how, but it worked!


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:29 pm 
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You mean you didn't try that before asking? LOL. Always try that sort of thing first. :P


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:36 pm 
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I know, I'm kicking myself now. I thought it was more serious because I rebooted during a chkdsk at the beginning of Windows (probably not a good idea looking back at it now)...In future, I will let it run.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:55 pm 
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also goint to devmgmt and uninstalling the drive, unpluging and re-inpluging helps sometimes...


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:50 pm 
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Also in the future if you ever have this sort of problem you might want to get a piece of sw called spinrite.
It will completely scan and rewrite all the data on the hdd ( also fixes all errors, bad clusters and surface defects etc ) and in most cases will either completely fix it or atleast give good enough access to it to be able to backup 99% of your files .
Ive use it several times and it`s an absolute god send...


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:25 pm 
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Also in the future if you ever have this sort of problem you might want to get a piece of sw called spinrite.
It will completely scan and rewrite all the data on the hdd ( also fixes all errors, bad clusters and surface defects etc ) and in most cases will either completely fix it or atleast give good enough access to it to be able to backup 99% of your files .
Ive use it several times and it`s an absolute god send...


You fail to mention that spinrite costs about $60 and does not work on USB drives. It also renders the PC useless while it does it (which can take upto 4 days) because it runs in DOS mode to avoid access issues.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:31 pm 
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Or you can just take the drive out and run it on a different machine! Also my mobo sees usb drives as hdd drives so i never noticed that problem.
It is nice to come here and try to help someone and get a relpy like that for it though... ...... Very welcoming


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:32 pm 
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Or you can just take the drive out and run it on a different machine! Also my mobo sees usb drives as hdd drives so i never noticed that problem.
It is nice to come here and try to help someone and get a relpy like that for it though... ...... Very welcoming


It was not meant as a nasty reply, it was simply a warning to others of the dangers of using it.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:34 pm 
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Also pretty much every usb hdd can be removed and put into the pc directly so my suggestion stands.....


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:36 pm 
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Also pretty much every usb hdd can be removed and put into the pc directly so my suggestion stands.....


Of course, but to those who have had the drive under 1 year, it would invalidate the warranty. Just be aware of that if you do decide to open it.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:38 pm 
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Also on some of the other forums i frequent some of the members like to think of themselves as "pirates" and would be more than happy to just rip the software vendor and use the sw unlawfully.
If it isn`t like that here then i`ll be more than happy to post prices aswell. (i also pay for all my software) :)


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