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I use a 250GB Seagate Free Agent Go external hard drive. I've had it less than six months and it has about 92GB of data on it.
It started a couple of days ago when I received a sudden pop-up on my taskbar. It read:
Windows was unable to save all the data for the file F:/$Mft. That data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.
From here, when I went to access my hdd, I got a pop-up that read something along the lines of:
File directory is corrupt and unreadable.
I couldn't access my hdd at all, so I ran chkdsk F: /R and it ran for about 3 hours. It deleted some indexes and when it completed, I was able to access my hdd again. However, none of my files were there anymore... specifically my "My Documents" folder which contained all 92GB of my data. However, the hdd shows that 92GB is used up... I just can't see it anywhere on the hdd. Under disk management, my hdd reads as "Healthy" and it is NTFS.
I called Seagate Data Recovery and they said that they could try to recover the data. It would cost $300. I want to check out any other alternatives before I shell out money.
My questions are:
- Where are my files? What has happened?
- How do I get them back? I've looked at GetDataBack, but I don't want to buy it and mess things up myself.
If you need to see a log of the chkdsk F: /R I can put it up.
Thank you very much in advance for your time!