Error message 'the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable'

Dear techs
I hope that you can help me.
My problem refers to an external 'backup' drive that gives the above error.
I have always disconnected the usb correctly
It was working perfectly nad then...
Is this the end of my essential back up? If yes. What is the point of having one?
 

JMMD

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Are you able to read anything on the drive? Have you tried running checkdisk or scandisk in repair mode on the drive?

The fact is, drives fail. A backup is simply supposed to be a second copy of your important data, not the only place you store your data.
 
The error message kind of says it all. If I could access it I would not have asked for help.
I am also aware that disks fail. Please do not state the obvious.
I need clear text advice as to what I actually enter into cmd prompt to attempt to run any kind of repair.
 
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DelJo63

connect the device to your system and access the Disk Mgr

take a screen shot or describe what you see for that device.