Try starting the pc with the unit plugged in.
then after the pc is completely started and the desktop is set then directly restart it manually (not by cliking on restart) then allow to scandisk all the drives, do not remove the external unit. it will alos scan and may be the file system problem will be gone. and u will get ur data. if not success then tellme. i will give u another guarranteed suggestion,. ok.
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i suggest getting a flash drive for a quick transfer of files to that so you can clear up space or getting an external hard drive to use as mass storage theres also using an online backup such as onedrive dropbox etc
<p>1. Use of pre-installed backup tools. Many computers have a
backup software installed when you buy (including Time Machine backup and
restore for Mac or Windows). These tools are designed to transfer files to
various media they create on the computer hard drive or external hard drive,
you can prevent a total loss of data is performed. When you open the utility,
follow the onscreen instructions to complete the backup. <br />
<p>2. Back up important files on a USB stick or Memory Stick.
Insert the stick into a USB port on your computer. Drag the selected files to
the disk icon on the desktop (Mac) or PC (Windows) will appear. Flash drives
and memory sticks are very mobile and can be stored in small spaces such as
basements. Although they generally do not have a capacity of more than a few
gigabytes (GB), they are large enough to store your important files. <br />
<p>3. Enter an external hard drive. These external hard drives
usually have a very large capacity and can therefore keep most or all files on
a disk. Connect the external hard drive via a USB port. You can drag and drop
files on your hard disk or use it as a means of backup using a backup utility
installed. <br />
<p>4. Burn your important files on a CD-R or DVD-R. an entire
hard disk backup can be many slices, so this option is ideal if you want large
media files or documents for easy access later. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM
and follow the instructions on the screen (for Windows and Mac) to back up and
store files. <br />
<p>5. Upload files for storage in the cloud. Services in the
Internet cloud storage (like Mozy and drop-down box) are great ways to backup
files to the internet access from any Internet enabled device. Important files
with sensitive information may only be attached to a back-up cloud services
such as Mozy. Clouds, Drop box is ideal for backing up photos, videos and other
files less sensitive.<br />
This is usually an external drive - if you are trying to run from a cd/dvd, make sure you are selecting the correct drive. If you are operating from a "jump" drive, also known as a "flash" drive, this is usually caused by removing the external drive while it is being used (when files are currenlty accessed) and the drive file has not been closed before removing or shutting down the computer. Unfortunately, this is unrecoverable at this point, and you will possibly need to format the drive (external, not internal hard drive) - first, however with the drive inserted, go to the "computer" file (under start menu) and right click on the drive - select "safely remove". This may then allow you to access the drive again. You may need to take it out of the port, then reinsert it so the computer will re-detect the files. If this does not work, you will then need to format the external drive.
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If the disk is unreadable this means that the format or the files extensions on it are not readable in the operation system you use..either are damaged or the disk itself is damaged or it wasn't finalized like it should ...If other disks inserted run ok than the disk it is damaged and it is nothing wrong with the drive itself..When it says to insert a disk this means that it is not seeing the disk at all and it sounds like a drive problem ..but if other disks are ok ..than it is just a damaged disk or in a format unreadable ..beware if it a cd unit ..will not read dvd-es..or if it a dvd kind will not read large dvd-es (dual layer) or blue-ray disks..
ok it's asking you to reinstall the cd that came with the ext hard drive to do this remove the hard drive frist after you power down you pc put your cd in after you power backup install the driver power down plug your hard drive back in window will do the rest for you Good Luck
It sounds like either the drive or enclosure is failing rather quickly.
The first and cheaper solution is to take the drive to your local computer shop and have the techs there move the harddrive into a new enclosure and test it. If it works in the new enclosure, you're done, but please take my advise and never rely on a single copy of your files. Always keep your important files in 2 or more places, on your computers hard drive, external drive and a backup to CD's or DVD's you can store in a firesafe or friends home is a good idea.
Now assuming that change of enclosures doesn't work, you will need the help of a recovery pro to get your files back. If that is the case comment back here with your location (Country, state, city) and I will advise you on a reputable recovery provider in your location.
I looked into similar problems and if this works ill let you knw i downloaded Paragon Pation Manager and i plan to use this to create a 8gb partion on my flash drive i dont know if this will work but ill get back to you