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Unable to access my external hard drive


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#1 amitsahgal

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 06:42 AM

I hope someone can help me. i bought a new segate hard disk since i had to format my laptop. i backup all the data and then formatted the laptop. in the mean time, i used this drive (with backed up data) on my old computer. it had some viruses and has not been used for a while.

i was able to access this drive this morning. now when i try and open it it says select the program you want to open it with. my entire data is there on this drive and i am not sure what to do.

i checked in command prompt in safe mode and i can see all the files in it. but cant access it through windows.

can you guys help

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 12:31 PM

you could use command prompt to copy them from one drive to another.

lets say your hard drive with the stuff you want and can't access is Drive A and the destination drive where you are going to copy to is Drive B.

So go into command prompt, and navigate to drive A. Then type:

copy *.* c:\backup

This assumes that drive B is your c:\ drive and all the files will be in c:\backup folder on the new drive.

#3 amitsahgal

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 07:20 PM

Thank you for the response. That did help but only to some extent. Unfortunately, i have a lot of folders and subfolders in each folder. its taking me ages to copy the way you suggested. i am not too sure if we can copy a complete directory in one go.

please suggest.

thanks again

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 07:36 PM

Does xcopy with the /s switch work?

Something like:
xcopy *.* c:\backup /s

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#5 amitsahgal

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 06:28 AM

I was able to back up my entire data using the xcopy and guess what... not sure how but i am able to access the external disk again. Thank you guys for all your support.

Edited by amitsahgal, 01 December 2010 - 06:29 AM.


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Posted 01 December 2010 - 07:25 AM

haha, that's weird. sorry I gave you a bum steer.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 07:53 PM

hahah ... doesn't matter. for me it was nothing short of EUREKA though :thumbsup:




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