shaduf 13:06 19 Jan 2007

Whilst checking the contents of several cased external hard drives this morning one of them failed to open.

The errant drive is correctly recognised as Local Disc E but on attempting to access it I get the message:
E:/ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.

Properties shows it as Local Disk. File System: RAW, Used Space 0 Bytes. The pie chart shows it as full however which is about correct. Computer Management shows it as Healthy.
The contents are old video files which I still have the tapes for but it would certainly be better if I could access them on the disc.

Any ideas or should I just format it?

  jack 14:04 19 Jan 2007

This all depends on the nature of the 'failure'
If the device is spinning but the data is inaccessible then this software may access it - but it will cost about £20 or so for a fully functioning copy.A trial is free- but wont save.
Bad Copy Pro from click here

If it is mechanically dead then it is dead.

Another way is to try it on another machine - it after all may be nothing more than a USB glitch.

A free alternative is to put the whole shebang in a freezer overnight and then hook it up to see what happens- has been known to work.
Do report back what happens.

  skidzy 14:38 19 Jan 2007

Lots of apps to recover the data off the drive click here=

  shaduf 17:00 19 Jan 2007

Tried most of the suggestions but no luck.
The drive certainly spins and makes a nice buzzing sound and is warm to touch. Just can't access the files.
Will have a further play after tea and if no good, will go for a format.
Problem is, I will never be able to trust it now will I? Still a 250 gb drive is now under £50 so that will be the real solution.
Interesting that others have had exactly the same problem though.

Thanks again.

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