So, I've gone to to the drive to try to run check disk, and this is what happens.
I check the check boxes for "Automatically fix file system errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors".
when I click start, however, I get this message: "The disk check could not be performed because the disk check utility needs exclusive access to some window files on the disk. These files can be accessed only by restarting windows. Do you want to schedule this disk check to occur the next time you restart the computer?"
I click yes, but when I restart my pc (5 or 6 times now), it does nothing more than normal. I've even opened task manager to try to see if it's even attempting to run ScanDisk, but nothing. I can run scan disc on my internal drives without a problem. What do I need to do to try to find and fix whatever errors occur on my external drive?
(If I don't check the fix system errors and attempt recovery of bad sectors boxes, it says it's running and it will go through... I think it's 'phase' 1 and start 'phase' 2 then say it was unable to continue.)
I'm hestitant to remove the drive and install it as an internal because it is still in it's warranty period. BTW, does anyone else have horrible luck with externals becoming corrupt, etc? I don't know many people that have them, but those that do haven't had much luck... They're so handy though, if they'd work right!!! I never just unplug it, I either let it shut down with the pc or "safely remove" and it's on a solid foundation. I'm wondering if I should put a fan on it. It does seem to get pretty hot.
Thank you so much for any help you can give me!
P.S. I did go to 'diskmgmt.msc' as one of your other posts suggests, and it does say that the drive is healthy... I have to wonder though...
Edited by dznroses, 19 June 2009 - 12:25 PM.