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External Hard Drive Gone Blank


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#1 rachieb

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 10:22 AM

Hi, my external hard drive has lost all the information and I now have a few files on there that mean nothing to me, and when I've searched the net I can't find anything on them.

Orignially it was a 300GB hard drive now it is showing as
File system:FAT32
Free space: 2.83GB
Total size: 111 GB


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#2 gavinseabrook

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 03:48 PM

Check your disk management (Start>Control Panel>Administrative tools>Computer management>Disk Management.). See if the partition is set properly. You might also consider doing a chkdsk on that drive. To do that, right click the harddrives icon in the My Computer and select properties. Then click the tools tab and select "Error Checking". Let it check for errors and see if that helps also.

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 04:25 PM

Hi Gavin, I checked the partition and this is what came up, I've also tried running the chk disk and nothing came up. <confused>

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 07:11 PM

I'd guess that your MFT (and it's backup copy) got hosed somehow. Try this free file recovery tool: http://www.pcinspector.de
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Posted 30 April 2007 - 08:52 AM

I'd guess that your MFT (and it's backup copy) got hosed somehow. Try this free file recovery tool: http://www.pcinspector.de


Hi, have you any idea how that would have happened?

I'm running the pcinspector as we speak. :thumbsup:

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 02:27 PM

No, no idea. But my favorite guess is cosmic rays (a discussion a while back about data corruption, data structure, it's storage on hard drives, and speculation on the cosmic ray striking just the right place at just the right time gave birth to this guess! :thumbsup:

The MFT has 2 copies with one being the backup - so this makes the cosmic ray theory extremely unlikely (as it requires 2 cosmic rays striking the drive to make both copies bad at the same time). It could be disk damage (such as a dying hard drive or dragging head). It could be a virus. It could be software corruption that rewrote the MFT's badly. Etc, etc, etc.
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Posted 01 May 2007 - 02:41 PM

I like usasma's cosmic ray theory

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 02:55 PM

I like usasma's cosmic ray theory

I like "the cat ran over my keyboard" theory, or.. see my sig. :thumbsup:
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Posted 01 May 2007 - 03:03 PM

Actually, the cosmic ray story is my leadin when talking to customers about why a problem happened. It staves off that glassy look they get when I start talking about MBR's, MFT's, NTFS vs FAT32, etc :thumbsup:
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