Lost data on external hard drive

Posted on 2007-10-08
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have an external hard drive. (200 gigs) I have music stored on my hard drive.  For some reason, I lost my entire music folder...12+ gigs. There's nothing really wrong with the hard drive. All other files and folders are still in tact on the hard drive. Only the music folder was deleted. Per your website, I installed PC Inspector File Recovery and was able to recover some of the files but I keep receiving an error message...

NT_read error
error no.23
drv:129 LBA:18209125 blocks:1
Abort, Retry or Ignore?

Question by:Jayrrell
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    Accepted Solution

    Well, I found this link:
    But the poster gave up on the data recovery.

    It's possible that's a hard drive issue.  Try running a diagnostic on the drive, Ultimate Boot CD ( includes quite a few drive tests.

    You could try GetDataBack.  It's a better program than PC Inspector File Recovery.  Here's a link to more information:

    I have had very good results with Restorer2000.
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    Assisted Solution

    you can try to recover the data with recovery programs; some are better in different situations than others. Stellar is very good too; but here some links :,collid,1295,00.asp            Free Recovery                  pc Inspector -free                                    GetDataBack                                    Stellar                              RecoverMyFiles                                    Restorer 2000                        Easy Recovery                        Restoration

    if this does not work, i recommend a data recovry Cy :      
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    Expert Comment

    If the hard drive is dying, then you may not be able to recover the data.

    Check using the vendor's diagnostics first !!               Drive Fitness Test           Maxtor & Quantum Fujitsu     Samsung   
          Seagate                    Western Digital             IBM & Hitachi  DFT

    I hope this helps !
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    Assisted Solution

    Just my 2 cents, but I have found nothing better than SpinRite ( to fix mysterious drive issues if its hardware related.  ($89 and worth every penny)

    You will need to put the drive on an interal connector, not USB, to be sure its handle it properly.  I have now lost count of how many windows and file issues I have been able to recover from at least long enough to get the data off the drive.   Last go round on a laptop, it took 5 days of continuous running, but I was able to ghost the whole drive afterwards and was able to boot the image after restored to a new one.  Couldnt do it on the old drive it was failing so fast.
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    Forced accept.

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