External Hard Drive freezes explorer

August 29, 2010 at 06:20:19
Specs: Windows Vista

I was transferring some files from my laptop to my external hard drive, but the process thing says it would take 23 hours, so I cancelled, and I may or may not have plugged out my external hard drive before they finished cancelling it.

After that, whenever I try to open that folder in my external hard drive, the whole thing slows down. I wanted to delete that folder, but the whole thing was too slow and when it was "preparing to remove / move" the screen would disappear and nothing is done.

But now, my whole explorer freezes if I plug my external hard drive in and I go to my computer, and when I plug it out, the explorer would unfreeze almost immediately!

Any idea how to solve this problem? Thank you.

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August 29, 2010 at 10:19:06
Go to Disk Management with the external connected and analyze that drive. If Disk Management states it needs to be defragged then do so.

Then right click on the drive listing there and choose Properties> Tools> Error check.

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August 30, 2010 at 00:11:04
right beside the size, my hard drive says NTFS
but right beside my external hard drive's size, it says RAW. what does that mean?

How do I analyse anyway?

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August 30, 2010 at 05:53:05
RAW means you have lost the formatting of the partition. That can happen when you disconnect the drive prematurely.

There is a utility called testdisk that may be able to repair the formatting. Get testdisk at the link below. Be sure to read all the documentation before using. Also be aware that there is always a possibility you could fail to repair the partition. Testdisk has a good success rate but no guarantees.

If the data on the partition is extremely important there are other methods that may allow copying of the data. They are tedious and you would need a place to copy them to of sufficient space. If you are interested in file recovery then indicate that and I can suggest some programs.


BTW, did you lose the data you were attempting to move?

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August 30, 2010 at 07:59:27
Not sure, I think they're still there, maybe one or two files corrupted, probably.

Thanks for the help. I'll try to get help from my mum's technician friend, now that it's scarily serious and I'm afraid to mess anything up, I believe I am terrible with all these stuffs.

Hopefully it's possible to recover the files.

Thank you again for all the help!

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August 30, 2010 at 10:01:32
Are they at the original location.

I didn't mean to scare you with my last post but I thought I should disclose the possibilities. In all likelihood testdisk can repair the partition and everything will be there.

I should point out that you should ALWAYS maintain at least TWO copies of any data you want to keep. If the files on the external are the only copies you are gambling. There are all kinds of things that can go wrong. You experienced just one.

If you can't replace a file then fro sure make a couple of copies. If you can replace but at a cost you know what you should do then too. Programs that you have on disk are an inconvenience to install again but not the end of the world. Losing those photos you took last year is tragic.

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