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Solved: File or Directory Corrupt?? NOOOO!!!!

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  1. etherdose

    etherdose Thread Starter

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    Heya folks...

    I have a usb external enclosure which holds a 120 gig hard drive that I use for storage. I shut it off when I am done to save power, and just the other day I notice a file on it that is quite large isn't allowing me to open it any longer. It keeps saying that the 'file or folder is corrupt and unreadable'... Weird. I was just looking at the folder yesterday. Is there absolutely anything I can do to get that data back?? All the other files on that hard drive are fine. Why did it target out that file? *crys*

    Any good help is welcome..

    thanks!
     
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    *bump* next day

    any ideas??? :-(
     
  3. Elvandil

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    Chkdsk might help. File corruption is very common if the drive is not disconnected through "Safely Remove", allowing disk cache dumping, before being turned off.
     
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    I tried using Chk disc. I selected 'check disc' and it asks me to restart for it to take effect. I left the usb drive on and after a restart, it doesn't initiate the check disc. Odd....

    also...yes, I often didn't use the "safely remove" feature....I often just switched the drive off thinking it didn't make a difference.
     
  5. Elvandil

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    If it tells you to restart, then some file must be accessed on the drive, or maybe a defragmenter is monitoring it.

    Try dismounting it. Go to Start > Run, and type:

    cmd

    In the command window, type:

    chkdsk /x /f <driveletter>:

    If that doesn't work, try it in Safe Mode (provided the drive shows up).
     
  6. etherdose

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    Awesome..

    I did it and it worked (and I didn't have to go into Safe Mode.) I greatly appreciate the help. Thank you!
     
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    Good work. You were lucky.
     
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