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MaNdAr

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Hi!
I have 160GB seagate hard disk, n OS Vista
The problem is i cannot access F drive.
When i double click, it says

F:/ is not accessible
The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable.


And when i right click properties, the file system shows RAW, Used Free Space and Capacity all show 0 bytes.

If Anyone Knows What To Do Please Help Me About It As There Is Very
Important Data Stored In It And I Dont Want To Loose IT
I do not want to format, coz im afraid that cannot retrieve back all the data in it. :)

Please Please Please Help Meeeeeeeee :) :) :)

Edited by MaNdAr, 15 April 2008 - 12:51 PM.

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S_t_r_y_k_e_r

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A possible solution is to run CHKDSK on the drive and see if that solves the problem of accessing it. Unfortunately I don't have my computer with me that has Vista on it, therefore the answer below is taken from an XP machine. It might be similar in Vista:

If you right click the drive and select properties.
In the Window that opens up, click on the tools tab.
From the 3 options available, select the Check Now option.
Check the box automatically fix file system errors then click start.

Give that a go to see if it makes a difference.
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MaNdAr

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ya have tryed that but no use,
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Hi

I would strongly suggest using a file recovery system

example: http://www.recovermyfiles.co.uk/

This type of software is able to recover files in situations such as yours

How do I know?

Recovered the conents of my Maxtor 500gb around a year ago.

Let me know how you get on

:)
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Before you do anything drastic I would try it on another XP system to see if it can be accessed at all. I seem to recall that XP reserves E: and F: for the optical drives so that their drive letters don't change, and G: and up are for add in hard drives. If you assigned it the F: drive letter that may be causing confusion.

What file system does the drive have and what operating system were you using it with before?
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Some things to try

http://www.easeus.co...r-raw-drive.htm

http://www.z-a-recov...-filesystem.htm

Heres a interesting article on what happens when your drive turns into a raw file system drive. It also explains how the author got around the problem to save his data.

http://blogs.technet...ile-system.aspx

Probably the easist method is to use a recovery program and save the files, then reformat the drive back to BTFS.

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