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Cannot locate files on WD3200P032

I have a Western Digital My Book 320 GB external hard drive, and lately I cannot find the files. Over a period of time, my music files saved to this disk would stop working. When I would restart the drive, I could see them again.

At first I was not sure if my USB cable was bad, the PCI card was bad, or if it was the hard drive. The USB is fine, and I am pretty sure the USB card is ok. I am fairly certain the issue is the hard drive. I hooked it up to another computer and started having the same issues.

I need to find my pictures and music so I can transfer them somewhere else. I hope I have not lost them. Please assist.

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Sounds like the drive is dying. In Vista to to the start button and type in music then right above click "search everywhere". It will bring up the search window. Click "include non-indexed, hidden & system files". Hit the down arrow for location and select your external drive. Then at the top under "show only" click music. Then do the same for "pictures" That will do a full search on your drive for each of them. Then get them off fast. XP and before have a little different searches. Go to Start click on search. Go to advanced. I think it had a selection to search for music & pictures files but not sure. Just make sure it is searching in your ext. drive. If it doesn't have those enter into the search bar, "*.bmp", "*.jpg" for pictures. For music use "*.mp3", & "*.wma"

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