files corrupted on external HDD after move

July 6, 2011 at 18:43:21
Specs: Windows 7

I've moved tons of files to an external hard drive [Samsung external USB HD (FAT32)]. After that, I've tried to eject the device in Windows 7, via Safely Remove Hardware but Windows said that the device was in use, even though everything (applications and windows) were closed. I decided to use USB Safely Remove software to eject my portable HD. I really don't know if that was the problem, but since then I found a lot of folders inside my external HD corrupted.

In the corrupted folders, JPG files looks like this. I can't read the other files (PDFs and PSD) in those folders, Adobe Reader and Photoshop says that the file is damaged. I've tried Windows 7 error-checking but the files are still corrupted.

I would like to know if anyone ever had this problem.
Does anyone have any suggestion for this? Is it possible to recover the corrupted files?

Thanks in advance!

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July 7, 2011 at 02:51:44
this looks terrible, don't run too many scans on your drive as this will corrupt the data even more.

1. check "Seagate Data Recovery Software" (use the trial first to scan and retrieve some files)
2. inspect the output.
3. there are professional companies that recover data from HDD's but this comes at a cost (~£300-£500)

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July 7, 2011 at 12:01:08
Dear ursynw, thanks for your answer!

I've installed and tried Seagate Data Recovery Software, but as far as I can see, this software is just to recover deleted or lost files from a hard drive. I have all the files in my drive... the problem is that they are corrupted! Do you know any other software to fix corrupted files?

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July 7, 2011 at 12:14:34
Here's another information about my problem. I've tried to move a 6GB file to this external USB drive last month, but I couldn't. I found out that the problem was with the FAT32 format. Then I tried to convert this drive to NTFS (convert drive letter: /fs:ntfs), with no success. I don't know if this caused some problem with the drive...

What would you recommend? Is it clever to move all the files from this drive to another external HD and try to convert FAT32 to NTFS?

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