Damaged Files On External Hard Drive

  [email protected]© 17:36 02 Apr 2008

It seems all my files are damaged or corrupt on my external hard drive and wont open. Why is this and what can I do to get them back? They are videos, docs, pics etc.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:00 02 Apr 2008

More likely the file system is damaged.

CAn you access the drive in windows?

Try to right click the drive select properties - Tools tab - error checking - check now.

  [email protected]© 18:05 02 Apr 2008

Ok I will try that and get back.

  [email protected]© 20:59 02 Apr 2008

Well that hasnt worked. Some files are ok but most wont open. Anything else I can do?

  [email protected]© 21:37 02 Apr 2008


  woodchip 22:14 02 Apr 2008

You may have some bad ram that as done it. Is is the same on the main drive

  [email protected]© 06:50 03 Apr 2008

Everything is fine on the main drive. Most of the files are 32KB even DVD films and it asks what program I would like to open them with. If the drive was knackered everything would be like it but some of the things on the drive are ok. This is why I have everything on this drive because i thought it would be safe.

  woodchip 10:39 03 Apr 2008

It may be the caddy hardware or a faulty USB cable that is doing it, it does not take much all it needs is a bad connection that may work under other circumstances but data only needs the above to get messed up

  [email protected]© 14:53 03 Apr 2008

But if the drive or cable is damaged how can I access some files and not others?

  woodchip 15:26 03 Apr 2008

Because the files it can read are not corrupt. Try using the drive in another USB socket. If you are Using a USB Hub this may be the problem as I had trouble using one, until I plugged direct into a computer usb

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