My external maxtor hard drive is giving me the error message ''File corrupt or Unrteadable''. Where do i begin? So many valuable pics and video from the past 5 years of family etc. Can this problem be resolved?
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Re: Maxtor 3200 error message
Does you drive make any sounds like these? If yes you have a mechanical problem and you should get a specialist to work on it. If it doesn't make any unusual sounds and doesn't show up in BIOS - try to remove the drive from USB casing and connect it directly to your PC or put into another USB enclosure. This should help if the problem is with the enclosure itself and not with the drive. if it is recognized with full capacity and only files are unreadable - try to scan it with demo version of some software like R-Studio or GetDataBack.
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It may be corrupt with bad sectors if so go to mycomputer right click the maxtor drive goto properties then tools and select check drive for errors. Maxtor are awfull, do your self a favour and replace it with a weston digital. If a harddrive starts getting errors its just a matter of time before it gives up completely
1 - The driver for the device is not loaded or has become corrupted (I trust that one of the other troubleshooting steps you took included reinstalling the drivers...) or more likely,
2 - The device has malfunctioned. More likely than not, the hard drive itself is OK, only the electronics in the case has failed.
If the device is still under warranty, give Maxtor Customer Service a call and get it replaced. Of course all of the data you have will be gone unless you can convince them to send you ONLY the replacement case and electronics, not the hard drive. In which case you will have to open the old case, remove the hard drive and put it into the new case.
Hi and thanks for writing back. I found that since the drive turned to a raw that windows will not read it.I don't know why it turned from ntfs to raw but it did. so I downloaded the O&O file recovery trial ver.to see if I could recover the pics. and movies.It took 5 hrs. to run and it recoverd everything.now I have to buy the software. but I know it is still all there.this software will even recover reformatted drives.Anybody that gets the same error mess. look to see if your file system has changed.If so it looks like recovery software is the only way to go.I have other good info on this and other maxtor hdd I will check back on post and write if you have sim.probs.
You have a possible corrupted file. Open My Computer and right-click the drive icon. Click PROPERTIES in the menu. Click TOOLS. Click CHECK NOW. Click a check into the AUTOMATICALLY FIX FILE SYSTEM ERRORS box. Click START. The OS may tell you a reboot is required.
If all else fails, dump the data to some other storage device and use DISK MANAGER to delete the partion, make a new partition and format.