WD 320GB External HDD corrupted & unreadable

February 10, 2011 at 02:44:01
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Western Digital 320GB hard disk and it was working perfectly fine until I tried opening it today, it gives me an error that "H:\ is not accessible""The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable"
I have almost 165GB worth of data in that hard disk and it just vanished like that!!
It also changed the Name of the drive from "Maryam" to "Local Disk (H:)"
I also tried CHKDSK but it won't allow me to, it says "Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted"

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February 10, 2011 at 09:28:56
try on a different usb port, try opening from the address bar in my computer or try opening in a different pc

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February 10, 2011 at 10:08:28
I tried all of that, it still gives me the same error.

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February 10, 2011 at 10:53:14
If you have not dropped the drive or otherwise damaged it, your problem was probably caused by you NOT clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon in your Taskbar and STOPping accessing the drive BEFORE you unplugged the drive while Windows was running.
There are several programs that you could try that will probably fix your problem.

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
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Check that out first.

Rarely, not all the ports on the back of a desktop case may be able to supply 500ma each.

If you have a desktop computer, Note that I answered a Topic on this site where a guy had an external drive, which does require the full 500ma, connected to a port on the back of a desktop case - it would not work properly when a webcam was in the port next to it, but it worked fine when the webcam was unplugged. Ports on the back of a desktop case often have two ports connected to the same USB controller module that are ports one above the other - you could try connecting the cable to one of those and leaving the other un-used.

Specifically, links to some programs that can repair the data damage are here -
see response 2:

That post also has info about testing the external enclosure's hard drive. Apparently, the Windows version of Seagate's SeaTools can test any hard drive brand when it's in an external enclosure.
Do the long test.

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