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Re: how to open the external hard drive case.
Most Seagates HDs uses Torx (type of screw head characterized by a 6-point star-shaped pattern). TORX sizes are using letter "T", followed by a number. A smaller number corresponds to a smaller point-to-point dimension of the screw head.
These are also used by cellphones but smaller sizes. Normally you can buy a plastic box set containing 6 Torx drivers of varying sizes, hopefully one will fit you HD.
However, if you are referring to the enclosure of the actual HD, they might or might not be using the same kind of screw.
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Either you have 50 gigs of stuff on there or your hard drive space is not being properly read. U might need to reformat the drive if necessary.
Meanwhile your xbox electronics may have a limit on the size of space - so if the drive has 200 gigs of space on it and your unit will only recognize 32 gigs, then that is all it sees and can use. Capiche?
When you say lock the drive are you asking to lock access to the drive entirely when you disconnect it from your computer no one can access your files if they find the drive and try to put it on their computer and open it,
What has happened is that your file system on the hard drive became corrupt becasue windows had not updated the MFT on the drive. THe MFT is a table of contents regarding whats on your drive.
What happened is similar to someone cutting out a few pages of the table of contents in a book that has a lot of pages.
Windows tried to fix this stupid programming method by asking people to always use the "safely remove hardware" button in the taskbar to force it to update the MFT. In this case yur a victim of the Hard Discs MFT not updating properly probably because software was accessing the drive when it was disconnected from the machine.
You need to run chkdsk to have it rebuild your MFT.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265 <-- How to perform Check disk *NOTE: Remember to use the drive letter that the USB External is on.. Not just type CHKDSK. It will default to drive C to scan for errors. ex: c:\chkdsk g: (where g is the drive your external usb is) If you get an error like "CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.. see my notes below. Beware that it will take a LONG TIME to perform this procedure.
If this doesn't fix it.. contact a data recovery specialist.. It's worth the cost. There are two types. Simple and Advanced. Simple= recovering files your deleted with the delete button (fairly easy with the right software) Advanced = recovering files from a hard disk crash or file system corruption. (Not easy and very time consuming)
Unfortunately, this probably means the read/write heads were jarred and can no longer function properly. That's usually fixable, but it's a very expensive fix because the parts are inside the hard drive and the data surfaces are very delicate... Most people are better off simply replacing the hard drive unless the data is absolutely vital.