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My computer is not reading the hard drive. I get the following message: "The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable." I've never unplugged it without going through Safely Remove Hardware. I have uninstalled the drivers and that does not help.

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If your External HD is not regerstering it might have errors in it, I had this problem with my Simple Tech 500gb pininfarina and heres the steps that finnaly after days of trying to figure out it worked:
(Before starting make sure to disable your screen saver)
1. Restart the computer without the device plugged in to start fresh
2. Wait till it loads up and NO OTHER PROGRAM IS RUNNING
3. Plug the usb into the device then the computer usb port
4. Plug in the power to the device and wait till all the lights are cycling if they do
5. Now open the command prompt
6. Type in “Chkdsk /f N:” or whatever letter your device is in and let it run if its not moving don’t do anything till it is complete.
Mine was fixed after letting it do it for about an hour of just sitting there it had a lot of errors in the HD

Hope it helps

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

  • Chris Jul 01, 2012

    Awesome, this worked for my brother's 500 GB simpletech drive. Couldn't get the chkdsk to run via the normal route (clicking around 'properties,' device manager, etc), but after restarting / etc, it ran right away in the command prompt, and a few pages of spam later the drive was as good as new.

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The problem maybe due to heat or power surge...one of the best ways to do this is to slave the hard drive and do a back up copy to another drive and you format the hard drive and return the copied files.

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