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I see only one out of meny dir's in seagate freeagent go ext disk

My computer recognized this external disk . It reports of 465GB & 185GB of free space . When I copy file/directory to the disk - i can't see
them , but if I try to copy the same file/dir - i get a note that there is another file/dir with the same name , It means that the OS recognized the data stored in the disk , and the data was not erased !
I checked the disk with seagate diagnostic tools and it passed all the tests. Can I try to replace the disk driver w/o damaging the tata on it?
I have a windows xp pro.
Pls. help me see the disk unseen ( but existing ) data , and to be able to transfer data to the disk?
Thanks - Meni

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It sounds disk I/O is creating problem refershing the contents in hard drive.

You can try changing the drive letter on your hard drive, might help.
http://www.wikihow.com/Change-a-Drive-Letter-in-Windows-XP

Also, if any kind of corruption, you can try disk error checking scandisk
http://www.pctechguide.com/tutorials/HDDMaint_Chkdsk.htm

If nothing works, there is other way to see your data in cmd
go to Start->run->type "cmd" and hit enter

To go to your External drive's letter you should know the drive for eg, if your external drive letter is D Drive just type D: in cmd and hit enter. Now you will see he prompt D:\, type dir to list the directories and files in that directory/folder

If you are able to see your files in CMD, you can still back them up
Try following link for more information
http://dosprompt.info/

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