External hard drive not working after failed disk scan

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nepk

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Hello.

I have an external hard drive. I did the check for errors thing from properties>tools. I checked the options "automatically fix file system errors" and "scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors". After some time I thought the scan froze up so I hit cancel and not the disk is unusable. It says "X:\ is not accessible. Access is denied." Same message if I try the error checking option again.

Please help.
 
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I think first you need to check for possible drive failure before trying anything else, since if does turn out to be drive failure that's end of story -- new drive required. Download the Diagnostic Software (installable Windows version) from the drive manufacturer's website. The links are here: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
 

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the tests revealed a problem. the longer test actually took hours and then said the test couldn't complete because there were too many errors.

however on restarting the machine, the drive is working perfectly. i tried opening some files and they're working fine, data transfer rate is good too.

i'm going to back up as much as possible, but is there anything i should worry about? anything i can do to fix the errors? the drive was working fine before i did the check for errors thing.
 
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