What started this problem was I had setup a laptop (1) to have several partitions.
Then there was another exact same type of laptop (2) that used a docking station. I had a external HD (seagate Freeagent) attached to the docking station and had a designation E for the drive.
I learned that the laptop (1) could also be placed on the docking station, so I decided to place the laptop on the docking station so I could use the printer. Apon doing so, the laptop (1) had the partition designated "E" already and then I could no longer access the seagate ext HD.
Now, that I have time, I'm trying to see if I can get access to seagate again.
I've plugged it into a new laptop with win 7 and a module showed up with the title;
check disk freeagent drive (f);
Automatically fix file systems errors
Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.
I didn't know what to do so I cancelled it and it did allow me to open up an explorer window, but when the files where clicked on, to open, it just showed the hour glass for a very long time and locked up my laptop.
I had to press and hold the power button to get things to shut down.
Would allowing the check disk to fix file systems destroy the data?
So, any suggestions?
I'd like to recover the data on this hard drive.
Thanks for your time and replies in advance.