I've had no previous problems recently, but today games I have saved on one of my HDDs wouldn't load, after rebooting I noted that two of my volumes were missing at this point (V, X), which are on the same drive. I turned my PC off, dusted it well, checked connections were tight and rebooted it and they now showed up, however loading programs from them is short lived. There are no odd sounds coming from the hardware at all, so I decided to follow this guide here (wouldn't let me link so I inserted it as code).
Should I even be following this guide? I imagined there would be little difference here between internal and external, but I don't know enough to be sure of such a thing.
Opening Disk Management it shows no problem with either volume, or the drive.
Opening either in Windows Explorer shows folders but almost no files (a few do show)
Running chkdsk it tells me it's RAW
Running GSmartController neither has S.M.A.R.T.
Running Speccy it shows it doesn't have S.M.A.R.T. but it shows the drive itself as 0/0 bytes
It's a 1TB drive so following along I see it will take a long time using TestDisk to find it, but I installed testdisk_win and have it running in hopes, however I'm curious since I have it split into 2 partitions of 500~ GB (V and X) will this be a problem using TestDisk?
I don't have anything that I 'absolutely can't lose' on this drive but I'd prefer not to as it's most of my active running programs that have taken quite some effort to set up and it's one of the only things I haven't backed up. Also having read those it seems it may take even longer than just a day, is it worth going this route with TestDisk at all, or is there something else I should be doing?
I'm also curious since I intend to move these files over to something on a RAID1 like I have most of my other data, if this happens in the future what would be the process of fixing such an issue?
Edited by MadPierrot, 18 October 2017 - 01:39 PM.