I'm not all that technical, so please assume there is no end to my ignorance.
The Immediate Problem:
I have this (finicky) Iomega 120 Gb USB/Firewire external drive. For some reason, unknown to me, it has decided to become a FAT 32 disk, although I could swear I formatted it NFTS. No matter, if it wants to be FAT, let it be FAT.
The problem is chkdsk (no /f) complains endlessly that the filenames are too long, and then chkdsk /f stops at 46% (or no percent when it finds and evidently fixes a slew of files) over and over and over again.
It seems to be making incremental progress through the files on he drive, as I recognize new folder names when they're given and I don't see any repetition.
The Windows XP equivalent to chkdsk in Computer Managment Tools to check the disk and fix file names returns the error message "Windows cannot complete disk check" when the progress bar reaches what seems like about 46%.
How can I fix this external drive?? Is there a setting somewhere that will allow chkdsk/windows to do the job? Is there some software other than the command line or the XP interface that will get the whole job done?
The Larger Question:
I want to backup the 5 Gb or so I have on a newly installed system using Auto System Recovery, but this procedure repeatedly craps out around 1Gb. I believe it is the Iomega that suddenly stops being recognized by Windows at some point because after the message comes up saying the backup failed, the contents of the Iomega no longer show in MyComputer, until I do a reboot and unplug and replug the thing's power cord.
These may well be separate and unrelated issues, except I don't know what to do about either of them, and my assumption is eliminate the file format problems, because they're there, then I can say that's not the cause of the backup failure and go from there.
Any light you can shine into this entomological cave will be greatly appreciated. ;-0
"I am but an egg."
--Stranger in a Strange Land