?
Solved

Heavily Used Hard Drive Loosing Data

Posted on 2006-11-14
6
Medium Priority
?
249 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I have a 80GB hard drive that I have had hooked up to a computer and running almost 24/7 for almost two years. I have about 7,000 music files and recently about 200 of them have dissapeared. The hard drive is about half full, 30GB of music 8GBs of other documents and files. So far I only can see that music files have dissappeared. I think it might be a hardware malfunction. The files are not in the recycle bin, and they are not 'hidden'.

Please let me know what you think.
Thank you
0
Comment
Question by:Rustee
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
6 Comments
 
LVL 31

Expert Comment

by:Scott C
ID: 17940578
I think you should make a backup before you lose anything more.

I've never heard of files just disappearing from a drive without something actually causing it.

Have you run a virus/spyware check?   Also make sure there isn't anything running that you don't know about.

I would think that if it were a hardware failure it would be more catastrophic.
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:knoxzoo
ID: 17941443
Sounds like the pointers for the files got crossed or damaged.  Run chkdsk on the drive and see if it puts 'em back.  And, always backup important stuff.
0
 
LVL 88

Accepted Solution

by:
rindi earned 500 total points
ID: 17950964
Disconnect that drive from the current PC and attach it to another as 2nd drive. Get Getdataback and use it to scan the "Bad" Disk. It'll probably find your files. If you are satisfied with what it finds, register the software and copy the files off the drive. You have to copy them off as getdataback never writes anything to the disk you want to recover data from. This is a good safety measure. Once you have recovered your data, us the HD manufacturer's utility to thoroughly test the drive.

http://runtime.org
0
 
LVL 3

Expert Comment

by:Metropoliten
ID: 17955417
well, first of all  backup ur HD, as backup software i'd advise to use Acronis True Image.
Using this software u can backup ur music files or clone entire disk(http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/).
After that set ur HD to another PC as slave and run recovery software, i've heard some possitive comments about getdataback recommended by rindi (link is given above).
0

Featured Post

Enterprise Mobility and BYOD For Dummies

Like “For Dummies” books, you can read this in whatever order you choose and learn about mobility and BYOD; and how to put a competitive mobile infrastructure in place. Developed for SMBs and large enterprises alike, you will find helpful use cases, planning, and implementation.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Ever notice how you can't use a new drive in Windows without having Windows assigning a Disk Signature?  Ever have a signature collision problem (especially with Virtual Machines?)  This article is intended to help you understand what's going on and…
When we purchase storage, we typically are advertised storage of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and so on. However, when you actually install it into your computer, your 500GB HDD will actually show up as 465GB. Why? It has to do with the way people and computers…
This video teaches viewers how to encrypt an external drive that requires a password to read and edit the drive. All tasks are done in Disk Utility. Plug in the external drive you wish to encrypt: Make sure all previous data on the drive has been …
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Featu…
Suggested Courses

801 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question