I was transferring a file from Movie editing program to a External Fantom Drive and a message appeared saying "can not complete transfer" When I opened the Fantom Drive, All the file icons had disappeared except for about 12. there where mostly MP3 and MPEG files in the FantomDrive. How can I get back all the lost data?
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If the files are missing from the external hard drive, was the hard drive connected to the pc when you did the restore?
It may have corrupted some files.
You could try using free data recovery software, try recuva from piriform http://www.piriform.com/recuva
This is very powerfull, and should recover most files
First off, 5 years is a normal time for a drive to fail.
From your description either the drive has failed or the circuitry in the external enclosure.
If the drive is simply a backup drive, toss it and buy a new one. If on the other hand you have data on the drive that you need to recover, try taking it to your local PC shop and have the techs there move the hard drive into a new enclosure. If it works you'll have access to your files.
Either way I highly suggest buying a new backup drive as this one either has failed or is likely to soon.
If the drive transplant doesn't work and you need access to the files on the failed drive, comment back with your location(Country, State, City) and I can refer you to an appropriate pro.
Assuming you're running windows 200 or newer, no drivers required. If it is not detecting in device manager the shell is likely damaged and simply needs to be replaced. If it does show up, and the drive does not the the drive is likely damaged and you will most likely require professional help recovering the files.
If the latter is the case please state you location(country and city) and I will recommend an appropriate facility to assist you.
This depends entirely on how the backup program you use works. Usually they will go with whichever file/folder has been edited most recently, so if you edit them on your backup drive, they will not be replaced by the ones on your C drive. It would probably be easier just to edit them on your C drive and let the backup program do all the transferring, though.
Also, if your drive comes with one, you should usually use it, and no, having two would be inadvisable because you would end up with two identical sets of your data on the same drive, which serves no logical purpose.
If you know the files are there and the drive cannot be read then there must be a read error, the only other thing to try is a different usb or firewire port as the port itself may not be reading the drive.
Try it first by putting in a different port while the pc is on then plugging in and then restarting if the device is not recognised.
You may also try the drive in a friends pc to see if it is port trouble and not the drive