Corrupted USB Hard Disk

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  1. After a corrupted internal hard disk gave me the BSOD on Friday, I have recovered sufficiently to access the Internet (hey, it's lucky that it was the Easter weekend and I didn't have anything else to do :D ). My system is Windows XP Home and NTFS. McAfee shows all is clean.

    My backups are all on a a Maxtor 3200 USB external hard disk. The computer knows it is there but won't allow me to access it from Windows Explorer or from other programs. When I try to unplug, it tells me that the disk is corrupted. Help, please?

    I recovered the internal hard disk error by going back to a very low level and using chkdsk/r, amongst other tools. But it isn't clear whether the USB disk will be available to me should I follow the same path.

    Does anyone have any experience of using this tool at low level, or are there other tools out there? I have searched the Internet but, apart from Seagate offering a recovery tool, and the usual data recovery people selling snake oil, there doesn't appear to be much of a recovery from such a failure.

    Maxtor's customer support team appear to use the mantra "you should always back up valuable data" at every opportunity. Well, this was the backup...., thanks, guys :cry:

    I am grateful for any advice (except the bit about always making backups :evil: !

  2. Have you tried accessing the USB disk from another computer? I would check it first and see if there is an actual corruption on it. If you can access it, get your stuff off it before you use any other tools on it. It may be that you have a virus on it hidden in your likely porn stash and your McAffee says no so try turning it off and then accessing it. This link will tell you all the switches with checkdsk. I was thinking the checkdsk/l switch may be a useful start point as it just checks the index entries.
  3. Thanks, Outcast. I was hoping that chkdsk would do the job but it isn't clear whether the USB drivers are loaded at that point. I will read it in detail.

  4. You could, if your technically confident enough (however it isnt a difficult job), remove the drive from the external caddy and install it as an internal. You will need either an IDE or SATA cable (dependent on the interface) for inside. On boot, XP should recognise the drive and any partitions present and if all is well and the drive isnt corrupt you should be able to access the data.

    Once you've confirmed all is well with the HDD, you can work back to find the fault that is preventing you accessing it via USB. I would recommend a full windows update following your BSOD which may update any missing files and drivers with later versions.

    Dont, however, dismantle your caddy or install a drive into your PC if you have any warranty left on them - you'll probably void it.
  5. A windows system repair would fix it too.
    I.e. reintall xp ignore when you see repair xp by Recovery Console ignore it until it says found operating system do you want to repair click yes it will scroll windows back to a default and remove all up dates and repair/replace all missing or corrupt dll's and save all files and software programs that have been installed.

    or use link