overcoming chkdsk aborting operation

October 25, 2014 at 14:35:50
Specs: Windows 7
I have a 4tb external hard drive that started having cyclical errors, so I ran chkdsk. Chkdsk never completed so I aborted, restarted. I left it running overnight and through the next morning. When I came back home that evening after work, chkdsk aborted, saying there was not enough disk space to delete errors.

The problem is while the volume shows up in my computer, I cannot access files until chkdsk has completed. Surely there is a way around this?

One other wrinkle--my drive is encrypted with truecrypt, and I am using chkdsk from the truecrypt application. Please note that the volume will mount via truecrypt, I just cannot access the files.

I am using an hp elitebook with Windows 7. Thanks in advance everyone.


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October 25, 2014 at 16:54:56
Run Seatools from Seagate via a bootable CD (DOS version), it runs outside of Windows and sees the disk as a whole, encryption should not matter since it is not reading any of the files themselves. It also should be able to repair any minor sector errors, though major ones or many minor ones will still require replacing the drive.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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October 25, 2014 at 17:17:38
It is a lacie drive. Is their software comparable?

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October 25, 2014 at 17:43:48
The drive brand should not matter.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 3, 2014 at 23:46:05


I'd suggest you try to run your manufacturer's diagnostic utility, if avaliable. Another popular option would be booting from a Linux boot CD or DVD, you should search the internet for details about this solution. I would also suggest you try the drive with another PC or laptop to see if files will be accessible. Also – have you tried defragmenting the drive? If the problem is indeed not enough free space, it may help. If you manage to gain access to the drive at any point I'd recommend you do a backup of the data.

You can also try running a data recovery software or, if everything else fails, in case your data is very important - consider a data recovery company.

Hope I was helpful, Citizen_WD

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