already tried other pc no joy the hard drive in my pc is a sata the one in external is ide had this problem when i updated my acronis true image but this was on my hard drive that is in my pc didnt involve the external thanks for your help
thanks for your help on this i will try your suggestions when i get the chance (which might be a while)i am in the process of selling house.i will tick resolved for now and let you,se know how i get on with it.once again thanks.
i know i closed the thread but i have just found this.
when i go into properties on the drive under the general tab it says my file system is raw instead of ntfs,is there a way of getting it back to ntfs.i have tried the command prompt but i just get the same error message.thanks.
Hi, only just returned to forum, sorry for delay. Did a search on google for raw+file system and it came up with (as usual) loads of hits. I'll give you the link to the results page, so you can see if any a relevent.
Just off the top of my head, have you used Linux or unix OS on this hard drive? If you have and that's the prob, you could use a live version of Linux (that's a cd-rom that boots linux, rather than the hd), like damn small linux at click here to boot and view the external drive.
Personally, I would leave everything (though, this is hard to do when it's on your mind), until you've completed your move to your new place (this is supposed to be more stressful than computer probs. but thats hard to believe sometimes;-)