files on my hdd usb drive disappeared?

February 8, 2011 at 10:43:27
Specs: Windows Vista, 1.0 GB
I can see the drive but the files are not there. In the property view it shows the space used and the free space available. I created a folder and added files to it and they are there. The problem is that I am missng 198 GB of files and folders, there is 267 GB space free.

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February 8, 2011 at 10:47:15
Your problem was probably caused by you NOT clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon and STOPping accessing the drive when you unplugged it while Windows was running. Usually you can use a program to recover your data that appears to be missing now.

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

Check that out first.
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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.
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"I created a folder and added files to it and they are there."

If you did that AFTER you thought the files were not there, you may have overwritten areas on the hard drive partition where the data for the "invisible "files were stored - you may not be able to recover such files in that case.


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#2
February 8, 2011 at 10:50:02
You may need to take ownership of the files/ folders on the flash drive. Look at some of the links in the URL below.

http://www.google.com/search?q=How+...


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