Corrupted external hard drive - is there hope?
June 6, 2006 10:51 AM Subscribe
Can you help me, in words of one syllable, get my new external hard drive working again or at least rescue my music and pictures?
posted by mygothlaundry to computers & internet (6 answers total)
About three weeks ago, I got this SimpleTech 250 gig external hard drive
and proceeded to put all my music and image files on it. It started having problems right off the bat: the whole computer would freeze when I was playing music with Winamp and it emitted an unholy screech from the speakers, but then I deinstalled & reinstalled Winamp and that seemed to solve the problem. Until a couple of days ago, when suddenly, every time I tried to access it, it told me that D: was not accessible, files were corrupted. I just ran chkdsk f/ on it and that told me "corrupt master file table, chkdsk aborted." Now, the error message on D: is "The wrong diskette is in the drive" which seems odd to me, since there's no way to put a disk in the drive, but whatever.
I would really like to get my data back, particularly the music, but nothing on the drive is worth *that* much money to me - if I even had extra money right now, which I don't. Is there any way to a) recover my music and b) save the drive? I really need the storage space. It has a manufacturer's warranty; should I just box it up and send it back? I am not the most tech savvy person in the world so please, please phrase your help in slow and simple terms. Thanks!