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Please help ive done something to my computer and now i cant use my external hard drive it says
F:\ is not accessible. the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable

Please help..!! This has all my work on it!!!

im on xp home edition

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SheharyaarSaahil earned 400 total points
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Hello shtoom =)

Try running Chkdsk /f/r on this drive in order to make sure that it has no bad clusters and errors !!
if still u cannot read it, then use GetDataBack to recover ur data >> http://www.runtime.org/

!! GOOD LUCK !!
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by:shtoom
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Hi ive just typed
Chkdsk /f/r
and this popped up:

The type of the file system is NTFS.
Cannot lock current drive.

Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)

i guess i click yes?
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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>> Chkdsk /f/r

u had to type Chkdsk /f /r F:
as ur external drive is F:
hit enter after typing say Yes if it ask u to run the scan on next reboot and check the results ??
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by:shtoom
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i typed
Chkdsk /f /r F:

it didnt ask to scan of the next rebbot
it just took along time sayin
file record segment (number) is unreadable


aaaaah
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by:shtoom
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Chkdsk /f /r F:
Insufficient disk space to hotfix unreadable file ? ?
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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disk is bad,,,,,, disk is bad !!! =\
have u tried using getdataback to check if it can recover ur files.... ??
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by:shtoom
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no i havent because i dont know what it will do or what i have to do ? ? aaaaaah
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by:shtoom
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im running getdataback for ntfs
i hope it works!!!

i didnt format this external hard drive so i dont need a data recovery company???

on getdataback for ntfs
please can yo explain how to use safely and without causing more damage?

what happened (i think) is the power cable for my external came out when i was doing something

will getdataback solve this?
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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im asking to use getdataback only to recover ur data,,,, coz it seems that ur hard drive needs a good formatting and before formatting i want to save ur data if it can be saved from this unaccessible hard drive !!
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by:shtoom
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hi sheharyaarsaah

Yes i want to save my data if it can be accessed using getdataback for ntfs.

right now the program is
scanning drive
its on 7% - so far some errors have popped up and ive basically said yes to all.

omg im so hoping this will work

please explain sheharyaarsaah will the F drive be accessible using windows explorer once this getdataback has completed????

is this the plan please please help
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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getdataback will not correct the drive,,,, it will list the files present on ur hard drive,,,, it can copy those inaccessible files which u cannot access from explorer !!

after u get ur files from ur inaccessible hard drive, u are safe with formatting the hard drive or scanning it with a Diagnostic utility.... but first priority is to get the Data out of this drive !!
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by:shtoom
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right now its on 16% ... taking a very long time


sorry to be stoopid but yo said it can copy those inaccessbile files which i cannout access from explorer? where does it copy them???
so i how do i view them in w.e.? aaah im confused im dreading whats ahead
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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hmmmmm have u read the help\manual of GetDataBack yet ?? :)
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by:shtoom
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no why
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by:shtoom
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yes i read this on the website
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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read the manual, and u will come to know that how GetDataBack recover files and what u are supposed to do with the files :)
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by:shtoom
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ok well what i can gather is
once this scan is done i cant view them in w.e.

but i can using there program and then i have to move the stuff i need to the c drive and then burn everything to cd that wont fit onto c drive once full and then format??

argh
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by:shtoom
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some dood said using chck disk makes stuff worse?
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by:shtoom
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so whats the plan when it finished scanning this external hd. its on 60% taking looong

do i save stuff onto cd ect. .?
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by:HaraiSuru
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Once it completes the scan of the harddrive it will open a window showing you in some way what files and folders it found. In this window you will select what files and folders you want to save and then tell the software where to save them to.

You need to have space available on another hard drive C: or anything besides the F:

The programs will copy the files from the damaged drive to the location you select.

Then you can back it up on a cd or where ever you like.

If you dont have enough space on C: to hold the entire contents of F: then you can use the program to recover a chunk of it to C: then burn it all to CD and erase the first chunk from C: then run the program again to copy another chunk from F: to C: and burn it to CD also. Just repreat this until you have everything from F: either backed up on CD or the C: drive then you can safely reformat F: and put the files from the C: drive and the CD's back on to F:.
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by:shtoom
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everything ive moved over to the c drive is 0 bytes but in getdataback for ntfs viewer it reads the size of the files correctly
what am i doing wrong now?
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by:shtoom
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Im trying to recover my own music.
plus i have some websites ive made on there and well nothings working guys
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by:shtoom
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The files its recovered that are in mp3 format has 0 file size? how can i get the correct file size back to these songs
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by:shtoom
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The only files it can read are text notepad files aaaah whats going on ?!?!
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by:shtoom
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ok no wait it must of been a glitch in the program..
ok thanks for the help i will have ALOT of burning to do and ALOT of my time is going to be taken up.

This external is 500gb
my c drive is 80 gb.

what fun.. peace
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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wait.... im sorry i was not on my system,,,, went out for sometime =(
tell me, the files which are of 0bytes, can u open them or they give errors ??
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by:shtoom
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well i most probably rushed the program. I copied some files of pictures and mp3's (all sorts) to the c drive they were zero size..

but then i tired a text file which worked and then i tried an mp3 induvidually which worked... basically im so thankful
thank yo lord i will have a better prair for when i sleep tonight i shall be praising yo all thank yo hehehe
wuuuuuut wuuuut
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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lol.... great news shtoom :)
Cheers ^_^
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by:iLluFe
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I've the same problem.
Was moving files to my external hard drive, then my computer froze and I cancelled the transfer.
I remember clearly, the little rectangular box for the transfer progress status disappeared.
But my computer was still kind of laggy and some programs were not responding.
I couldn't restart my computer or anything, and I had to hold the power button for ten seconds.
After I turned my laptop back on, my external hard drive is not accessible and just the author of this article describes.

I'm curious, after everything the author had done, are you able to format your external hard drive??
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