Folks, please bear with a new member and a pretty convoluted problem. I have found lots of chkdsk posts but none that quite matches this situation.
I have a 500GB SimpleTech external USB drive that went kerflooey after giving I/O errors. Chkdsk in regular Windows XP Pro won't touch the disk.
I'd like to recover some data, and I have
been getting somewhere.
The lovely Partition Find and Mount ( http://findandmount.com/
) did indeed find and mount the drive, and I've gotten a lot of important files from it. That program mounts the partition as read-only and allows files to be copied off it but not deleted.
However, there is one large folder of music (Albums) that's reading as 0 kb. The demo of Recover It All recognizes and lists a lot of its contents as unlinked files. But before I plunk down $50 I'd like to definitely know it could grab them, since Find and Mount has recovered the other files I need.
I went into Safe Mode and ran chkdsk /f on it, and it started fixing index entries and finding and recovering albums from Albums--the names of the files and then "recovering" zoomed by on the screen. But partway through, chkdsk started trying to recover things and then showing Insufficient Space. I haven't let it run completely through because it's a slow process once it has to start generating all those Insufficient Space errors.
I was hoping then to go back to Find and Mount and find the re-indexed, recovered files, but no go. I'm guessing--just guessing--that chkdsk has to run completely to make the recovered files accessible--I don't know. Windows in standard (non-Safe) mode still can't read the disc, and the mounted Find and Mount partition still shows Albums as empty.
I'm wondering if there's a way to get into the drive and delete some files to make space, and then see if Chkdsk can actually fix it and get the albums back. Or if there's an affordable software that can definitely grab the unlinked files.
Suggestions are appreciated, and my apologies if this was solved before and my searches just didn't find it.