My 2TB Seagate USB3.0 HD went out on me on my Windows 7 PC. I store a lot of media on my external for work, mainly MXF files for Avid Media Composer.
While running Avid, the computer locked up and I had to hard reset. After rebooting the computer, it asked to scan my external for errors. I let it do its thing and it got to what I believe is the second phase and locked up on the number "1024". I tried to cancel the chkdsk but it wouldn't exit out. I then tried to shut down the computer and it hung for 10 minutes, forcing me to hard restart yet again. Now I can't even boot my work PC or my home PC with the hard drive plugged in, the PC's just hang. When I plug in the drive after I boot, it takes a good 10 minutes for the computer to begin to read it, and when it does, it asks to chkdsk, but we all know how well that went last time. A few of the boots it showed the dirve as 0/0bytes and showed nothing on it.
I finally decided to run a chkdsk over night and told it to fix errors. When I came to it the next morning, the chdksk utility wasn't on the screen, which I figured was a good sign. I opened up "My Computer" and saw the hard drive with the proper data used on it. When I opened up the drive, I saw my root folders, however no files were in them. This has me worried..
So after browsing the internet I ran across James Litten's post about external disks becoming RAW. I have downloaded PartedMagic and am trying to fix / recover this hard drive, here is where I get more confused...
1) First, TestDisk takes forever to find my drive, its like the drive has a lot of trouble getting read in the first place. After it found it, I ran TestDisk, analyzed and followed all the steps. After analyzing and "going deeper" it found no partition and provided me with a read error.
2) When I open GSmartControl and look at my drives, it says "Unknown Model"
3) I click re-read data and I get the error "Cannot retrieve SMART data, Devie open failed or device did not return and IDENTIFY DEVICE structure".
4) When I click on File Management and click on the drive, it sits at Status:Running, Progress: 50%. I click it again and I get this error:
Error reading bootsector: Input/output error
Failed to sync device /dev/sdg1: Input/output error
Failed to mount '/dev/sdg1': Input/output error
NTFS is either inconsistent, or there is a hardware fault, or it's a
SoftRAID/FakeRAID hardware. In the first case run chkdsk /f on Windows
then reboot into Windows twice. The usage of the /f parameter is very
important! If the device is a SoftRAID/FakeRAID then first activate
it and mount a different device under the /dev/mapper/ directory, (e.g.
/dev/mapper/nvidia_eahaabcc1). Please see the 'dmraid' documentation
for more details.
After click close from the error, I can no longer see it in the file management.
I am not sure where to go from here. It seems the files still exist on the drive from the few times I can see the root folder and the disk space that is available.
Edited by dansonta, 07 April 2013 - 11:29 PM.