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Maxtor 5000DV Drive Suddenly Unusable

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by birstein, Feb 13, 2005.

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  1. birstein

    birstein Thread Starter

    Aug 23, 2004
    I have XP Professional SP1 and a Maxtor 5000DV external 120 gig drive. A few days ago it started to have problems reading the directory so I did a scan in My Computer Manage and it fixed some things and seemed OK.

    Earlier today I was able to see files on it but it was very slow bringing them up.

    Now when I click on it in File Manager it says "The file or directory is corrupt or unusable" and when I go to My Computer, Manage, Disk Management is says the Firewire drive is healthy but it shows that there are 0 files on it.

    Is there anyway all the files could have been deleted or the directory could have become corrupt in a few hours for no apparent reason. I have a Firewire card in my machine and a Firewire port on an Audigy sound card and I have already swapped the drive back and forth on these two cards and downloaded and installed the latest XP driver so I don't know what else to do!


    Thanks, Kathryn
  2. biosboss


    Feb 12, 2005
    :cool: something changed your FAT , it's like you lost all formatting.
    if you know what it was you can try the reverse of whatever it was you were doing.
    if you used the Maxtor software to partition it, you can go and RECOVER TRACK ONE.
    otherwise if you wan't to recover your data, take it back to the shop because they may do it under waranty.
    could your sound card start another track? like audio or something? all u would have to do is switch back to the first track to fix it. have fun
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