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External Hd Problems


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#1 ganna

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 07:37 AM

Hi there,

I have an external HD that I use to back up my files from my internal HD. I have been trying to delete some folders & files from the external HD but I keep getting an error: 'The directory is not empty'. Also some files can't be delete as the following error shows up: 'The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable'.

Another thing that is bothering is me is that when I copied certain folders to the external HD I can't see these in the appropriate folder on the external HD so it seems that they are not there. However, when I tried to copy the same folders again so I could actually see them a message comes up saying the the folder already exists and do I want to overwrite. I already have selected to see hidden files & folders in the Folder Options, so this is strange to me.

Any help is much appreciate!

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 10:16 AM

The only thing that I can suggest is running CHKDSK.
  • Open a command prompt.
    • Click Start then select Runů
    • Type "command" or "cmd" (no quotes).
    • Click "OK"
  • Type "chkdsk x: /f /r" (type command with no quotes and substituting the drive letter of the external for the "x:"). Note: Option /f : Fixes errors on the disk. Option /r : Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information.
  • The following may not apply since you are not scanning your primary drive. But just in case:
    • Type "Y" (no quotes), when asked if you want to do this during the next reboot.
    • Type "EXIT" (no quotes)
    • Reboot your system.
  • Note: CHKDSK may run for quite a while so just be patient.
For more information on CHKDSK see:
Chkdsk
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documen...-us/chkdsk.mspx

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It sounds like the file system on the external drive is being corrupted. Do you use the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in the system tray area of the task bar before powering off your external drive?

#3 ganna

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 01:20 PM

Hi just me,

Thanks for that I ran a check disk and it sorted everything out...I can delete the files I couldn't before and also I can 'see' those folders I copied earlier!! :thumbsup:

BTW I always use the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon.

Thanks alot again! :huh:
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Posted 03 July 2006 - 02:27 PM

ganna:

I am glad that you were able to get your problem resolved.

I want to thank you for posting back that a CHKDSK resolved the problem. Many suggestions posted in this forum never get a response (neither yea nor nay), which does not help others looking for a solution to a similar problem.

So again thanks.

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Not logically shut down an external device can definitely cause problems. Since you indicate that you logically shut down your external drive, I don't quite understand what would have caused the original problem. If the problem should reoccur see if you can determine any pattern of cause and effect.

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Again thanks for posting a response!!!

Edited by just me, 03 July 2006 - 02:28 PM.





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