How do I open chk files on my ADATA SH93

March 7, 2011 at 12:49:22
Specs: Windows 7
All my folders on this drive have disappeared but are there as hidden files with an extension CHK.

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#1
March 7, 2011 at 12:52:16
Checkdisk may have produced them Basically trash. Reload computer from clean sources or start with tests on computer, ram and hard drive to start.

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#2
March 7, 2011 at 13:06:12
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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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.

Specifically, links to some programs that can repair the data damage are here -
see response 2:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

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.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...
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#3
March 7, 2011 at 17:00:05
Disregard my clean install part. Didn't know this was a usb disk.

Might try testdisk to recover.

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#4
July 23, 2011 at 04:51:26
I had the exact same problem and recovered everything with R-Studio. I had a directory of 160GB of music that just got deleted when windows attempted to fix disk (ridiculous that this would be allowed without multiple warnings btw). I was worried that the folder structure would be lost and i would just have a mass of uncatalogued files, but hey presto R-Studio found everything where it was meant to be and restored it as per original state. Phew!

Hope this helps and it's not too late :)


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#5
July 23, 2011 at 09:55:20
seychellian

Thanks for the mention of R-Studio fixing your problem.

" I had a directory of 160GB of music that just got deleted when windows attempted to fix disk (ridiculous that this would be allowed without multiple warnings btw). "

What did it do ?
Did it run CHKDSK /F automatically just after Windows started ?
That's probably what happened to soulmum too. It happened to me once with a flash drive.
If so, Windows doesn't do that automatically unless it has detected data errors.
If you had unplugged the USB drive while Windows was running without using Safely Remove Hardware to STOP accessing the drive, it was YOU doing that that caused the data damage, not CHKDSK. CHKDSK was just reacting to data damage already done - it often can't fix the data damage caused by you doing that - you often end up with a lot of useless normally hidden *.chk files where your data was located.


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