corrupt file system on external hard drive

August 28, 2010 at 14:25:17
Specs: Windows Vista, dual core 2.8 ghz 1gb ram
i accidentally unplugged my external hard drive without safely removing hardware now testdisk is telling me that the file system is corrupt and the bad part is I had just moved all my most important files onto it none of the recovery tools ive tried can read the drive and i really need my files. any suggestions? it is a 30 gb laptop hard drive that i put into a usb caddy

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August 28, 2010 at 18:16:53
Might be some ways. I suggest you get an ultimate boot cd and maybe it can mount it and view the files.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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August 28, 2010 at 20:39:48
You should be able to repair the data damage with one program or another, if there's nothing else out of whack, unless you're dropped the external drive in which case all bets are off.

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 recently 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.

Once you're SURE you have it connected to (a) USB port(s) it should work with for sure (you MAY need to connect to TWO USB ports on the computer) you could test the external drive.

Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.

You must use the Windows version of Seatools in order to test a hard drive when it's in an external enclosure.

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