External hard drive unreadable or corrupted

January 6, 2011 at 12:55:01
Specs: Windows 7
i changed my internal hard disk few months past to external hard disk, the had disk is sumsung IDE, last week it needed me to format, soon i connected to my laptop, i changed to another computer but i found the same messege, that it needs to format, when you click on an icon it gives a messege that, its unreadable or corrupted, what to do then cause i don't want to loose my data.

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January 6, 2011 at 13:06:00
Well, you should have already made backup copies of your data. Eventually all hardware fails. Now you may be able to repair the partition using testdisk. Get testdisk at the link below. Be sure to read all the help files for best results. After the repair, consider some method to keep at least two copies of your personal files. A second external or better yet, burn to DVDR.

The most likely reason the partition became corrupted is improper disconnection. You should always use the "safely remove" icon in the tray by the clock.


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January 6, 2011 at 13:26:22
thanx Mr for your help and advice, i'm working on it

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January 6, 2011 at 13:27:26
It may be the external gizmo you are using and not the drive.

I'd start with booting to a live linux cd and see if you can access the drive. Use maybe ultimate boot cd and use some of the hard drive tests or consider getting samsung's hard drive diagnostics.

Best would be to try to connect it to some other known working computer or external connector. Then see if you can access it.

Testdisk or photorec may be able to get it or maybe unstoppable copier or other tools but you have to be able to access to some degree first.

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

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January 6, 2011 at 14:09:11
jefro, reread the post. The OP can see the drive. Just getting a message that the partition can't be read and needs to be formatted.

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