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  • Started 6 years ago by philtrigg
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philtrigg
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Hi, My 320gb external hadrdrive keeps giving me an error message. I plug it in and try to access it the message says "Hadrdrive structure is incomplete or corrupt". I am wondering is there a way to get my data off of the harddrive even though I cant access it? I dont want to reformat. Reformating is a last option. Please help me.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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you can try to update the drivers and you can see if it is in "device manager"

also if you need help on how to do any of this just ask

edit: looked at your profile and it seems as if you would know how to do this am i right?

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philtrigg
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Hi, My 320gb external hadrdrive keeps giving me an error message. I plug it in and try to access it the message says "Hadrdrive structure is incomplete or corrupt". I am wondering is there a way to get my data off of the harddrive even though I cant access it? I dont want to reformat. Reformating is a last option. Please help me.

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philtrigg
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How do I do that?

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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forgot to ask are you in vista or xp?

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philtrigg
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XP

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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if in xp goto control panel> system>hardware tab>device manager> in there there should be one that says something like unknown devices or something like that.

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philtrigg
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Thanks

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philtrigg
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What if that does not work?

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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so see if it shows up in there and if you see it you can just right click on it then do update drivers. if this doesn't work post back and i will try to find more on the subject and also if it doesn't work if you could post up your your external hard drive model # and i will see what i can find.

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philtrigg
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Cool, can you email me what you find? philtrigg@yahoo.com

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Lighthouse
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Can you do a scan of your hard disk? (for errors)

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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ya i can do that but it might be later today is that ok? and i will need your model # too just to see if it is a known problem with just that one or what.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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you can also try out lighthouse's idea and see if that helps

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philtrigg
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I have tried everything. I am wondering If I can get all my stuff off the harddrive and then reformat it then put the stuff back on the external harddrive.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
jack7h3r1pp3r
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i know there is a way to do this but i will post back later with some answers

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Is it a 3.5 external disk.
And do you have laptop or desktop?

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philtrigg
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Yes Laptop and Desktop

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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Take the disk out of the enclosure, and plug it in as a 2nd drive in the desktop. See what happens.

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ScottW
ScottW
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How does the external drive connect? USB, firewire, eSATA?
Who makes the drive inside the external enclosure?

Like Lighthouse, I think that you should scan for errors. Use scandisk/checkdisk in Windows to look for file system errors. Then use the manufacturer's diagnostic disk to check for drive errors. SeaTools for a Seagate, Lifeguard for a Western Digital, Drive Fitness Test (DFT) for a Hitachi.

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