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Corrupted hard disk

My external hard disk is corrupted, how can i retrieve my documents before i format it

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  • gbemi Feb 12, 2009

    when i plug in the external disk, i get a message that says "the file directory is corrupted or unreadable" i think there should be a way to retrieve my files before i format the disk...

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    Dan rogers May 11, 2010

    unless you want to take the drive to a data recovery specialist buschchrist1 is right. If you want to find a local data recovery shop just go to google.com and search for data recovery

  • Dan rogers
    Dan rogers May 11, 2010

    You can try to follow the link below and use one of the utilities

    http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/...


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If its external and its corupt and windows just won tgive you access, your most likely bonned.

Youcan try using some special utilities to see if you can recover them but often times windows just wont do it.

Usually what happens is the partition gets corrupt and windows cant tell if its NTFS or FAT and just says, " Its corrupt" and thats the end of it.

You may have to re-partition it to get it working if formatting it doesnt work.

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