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External drive shows but won't open


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#1 idiomtangent

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 05:46 PM

Hello all. I have an internal Maxtor 200g drive in an I/O Magic external drive. Turned my computer on today and my 3 patricians show up as "Local Disk" ... all 3 were labels "music" "documents" "movies"

They were fine yesterday.
I run xp home.
The drive it self is quite hot.
It is hot as hell in my room. 90 with the ac on... its about 103 outside.

I will loose pretty much everything if this is gone.

Any help is very much appreciated!

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#2 ReviverSoft

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 08:36 PM

and my 3 patricians show up as "Local Disk" ... all 3 were labels "music" "documents" "movies"

What happens when you try to open the three "local disks" ?

Select the drive > Right-click > Explore
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Posted 07 July 2010 - 11:43 PM

F:\ is not accessible

The directory is corrupted or unreadable.


It does this for all 3.

If I right click - properties

it shows used/free space at 0



This hard drive has literally everything on it... I am getting sick just thinking I lost everything.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 12:29 PM

could be a bad partition table. several free rescue cd's use tools to fix this. I use erd commander's system file repair.

Edited by thrillhouse, 08 July 2010 - 12:33 PM.


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Posted 08 July 2010 - 04:27 PM

Did you try loading your BIOS at fail safe. I have this problem once that computer was overheating ( had to replace the fans ). When the pc came around it was not able to detect 80 Gigs HDD. I did a lot of seating and reseating switching supplies only to find out that my MB did not recognize my HDD properly. Loaded fail safe and it was working after that.
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 06:52 PM

Hey, try using a (Linux based) Live CD like Knoppix to boot up and access the hard drive's contents.
That should give us some indication.
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 07:04 PM

Gonna need some step by step instructions for any of these. Whichever (or both) is the general consensus that will be effective.

Spoke to a friend who's broker said he could fix it but would charge $150.... not an option for me.

Thanks so much for the direction!!

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 07:28 PM

For the Live CD (a.k.a RescueCD) option, the following links should help:

Getting Started

Knoppix Guide (With Images)

Live CDs List (The whole list)

Edited by ReviverSoft, 08 July 2010 - 07:29 PM.

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