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chdsk for external hard drive files?


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#1 kdotg

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 08:40 AM

Hi everyone, I have a Western Digital My Passport external hard drive that is coming up as "corrupt or unreadable" by my home computer (Windows XP). I took it in to work today and their Windows 7 system can read and open it, but I get a message saying some files are corrupt and I should run chkdsk. The reason I'm asking if I should really do that is because when I ran that idea past a friend over the weekend, he declared nope, that might delete all your files. He works mainly with Macs, but now I'm paranoid and would like a second or third opinion here! (And if I backup my files first, will moving corrupt data onto a new drive create this problem all over again?) Thanks!

 



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#2 TwinHeadedEagle

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 02:06 PM

Happens to me all the time with my USB Flash, and nothing went wrong so far...

Corrupter files are probably because not using safely remove option.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:59 AM

your Corrupter files are not recoverable.



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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:39 PM

In your computer, go to Disk Management (enter diskmgmt.msc in the search field) when the WD Passport is plugged in. See if you can see the disk there, if it has a drive letter, and what files are visible in Disk Management.

You can run chkdsk on the Passport. However, chkdsk will try to repair any bad sectors it finds and data in those sectors may be lost.



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 05:01 PM

Just a note....chkdsk /r is the only command which attempts to reover data on bad clusters...and move such to good sectors on a partition/drive.  Chkdsk /r is not concerned with repairing the hard drive, as a hard drive diagnostic would be...it tries to repair the file system and files upon the file system...so that Windows can function as it is meant to.

 

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 02:11 AM

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