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Problem with seeing files on external Hard drive

I have an external harddrive that i use to store my music on, I had it plug in to my laptop one evening there was a power failure and the power got cut to the external HD since this it is showing in its properties tab that there is 13 gigs used space and 237 gigs free space on the HD but there is no more sign of my backed up music. When I scan the hard drive it shows a couple of files but there combined used space would only amount to about 60 mbs and no where near the 13 gigs. Does any one have any suggestions on how i would go about retrieving my muisc.

Plus when the hard drive is plug in to the laptop a window appears saying "unable to run toy.exe" and I have to open the external HD by right clicking and selecting open as it will not automatically open up. The hard drive is a 250gig seagate free agent go.

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What has happened is that your file system on the hard drive became corrupt becasue windows had not updated the MFT on the drive. THe MFT is a table of contents regarding whats on your drive.

What happened is similar to someone cutting out a few pages of the table of contents in a book that has a lot of pages.

Windows tried to fix this stupid programming method by asking people to always use the "safely remove hardware" button in the taskbar to force it to update the MFT.
In this case yur a victim of the Hard Discs MFT not updating properly probably because software was accessing the drive when it was disconnected from the machine.

You need to run chkdsk to have it rebuild your MFT.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265 <-- How to perform Check disk
*NOTE: Remember to use the drive letter that the USB External is on.. Not just type CHKDSK. It will default to drive C to scan for errors. ex: c:\chkdsk g: (where g is the drive your external usb is)
If you get an error like "CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.. see my notes below.
Beware that it will take a LONG TIME to perform this procedure.

If this doesn't fix it.. contact a data recovery specialist.. It's worth the cost. There are two types. Simple and Advanced.
Simple= recovering files your deleted with the delete button (fairly easy with the right software)
Advanced = recovering files from a hard disk crash or file system corruption. (Not easy and very time consuming)

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