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half my HD files missing?


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I have a USB HD 320 Meg by acomdata and I use it to store all (most) of my working files, it is labeled as drive D:. Over the past couple of days the drive locked up or at least wasn't being recognized so I turned off then on the HD and it was back to normal. Today I noticed that when I pulled up the D:program files/ it lists the directories A-I then past I are missing and windows says that D:program files/ has crashed and need diskscan to fix it. I havn't done anything yet for fear it will perminently loose the data. I tried running check disk for drive D: and it says it can't finish. I am running Win XP pro. Please help.

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here is some more info on the problem... the drive shows 50 Gig of used space but when I select all file and folders, only 25 Gig shows up. I am trying to run 'Recover My Files' but it doesn't seem to be finding the missing info, at least not 25 Gig's worth. Is it possible for the data to be there (i.e. not showing up as deleted) but missing from the directory listing (File Allocation Table ... somethig like that). Please help.

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wierd... ok, apparently the programs and files are still there, I just ran a program that doesn't show up in the directory listing. So.... how can I fix this, Windows is still suggesting I run 'chkdsk utility' which I have not done yet, because I am not sure what it will do, I don't want to loose any of the files or data. What should I do?

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if you don't have backups already ..do so so first...any data that you don't have 2 copies of is data you really don't care about

then run chkdsk /f/r on the drive
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