I have an older hitachi external hard drive (USB 2). Yesterday, I turned it on and most of my folders were empty or partially full - just folders and/or little to no files in the folders. All the pictures show the basic/stock photo icon, but when I click on them the picture viewer says they could not be found. However, the strange thing is this, the drive says that space is being occupied, as far as space nothing has changed. The red read/write light keeps going round and round as if thinking and never stops.
What I have done so far:
1. I have tried chkdsk. It does not even get started, the window just disappears.
2. I tried to defrag and later I found out it was a good thing that didn't work.
3. I called hitachi...the IT fellow there didn't know what he was talking about; he insisted, emphatically and with out reservation, that someone had maliciously deleted all my files. Mmmm, I have passwords on windows, and it is my private computer in my home and there is no one else in my house.
4. Checked this and other forums and only found a suggestion to find a free data recovery utility.
-I downloaded and installed, but have not applied "Pandora Recovery" and "Free Data Recovery Software".
Is there anyone who can help me get this data back?
Thank you so much a head of time, for your effort on my behalf and for taking time out of your busy lives to help me.
Windows Vista Home Premium 32Bit (Up to date)
HP Pavilion M300Y (Yale)
2.8GHz P4 478PIN
Edited by LIOTB, 07 October 2010 - 11:13 PM.