My F:/ drive currently stopped working our of no where trying to access but can't?

By xwariox
Feb 15, 2011
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  1. Today my F:/ stopped working it doesnt show up on my computer and when i double click F:/ drive it says file or directory is corrupted. I haven't unplugged or uninstalled any new programs. I have tons of important files in that drive so i do not want to format.

    Ive gone to Computer Management-> Disk management
    and F:/ drive is (Healthy, Active primary Partition)

    Ive also made sure the drive was plugged in securely.

    Does anyone have any suggestions without having to format the drive?
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    You didn't state but to be clear, is this a USB external drive?

    In general, you can skim through See Troubleshoot: Windows Won't Recognize Your USB Hard Drive

    but sounds like you'll probably need to run data recovery. The Guide isn't updated yet to describe PC Inspector for data recovery (seems to be even easier to use then TestDisk). Click their Help button in the tool and then follow their 4 steps. Others have used TestDisk (most with success). Tho make sure that TestDisk detects and reports the correct disk size before you decide to have it attempt recovery
  3. xwariox

    xwariox Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    its an internal seagate hard drive

    im not complete sure how to use the program but when i try to look at the drive i need it says its damaged
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,358   +167

    could you provide screen shots of both what you see in Disk Management and when you run the tool?


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