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bobbiev

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Windows crashed on me while copying files from a USB hard drive. On reboot, the drive connected but as a "local disc" rather than external. And no files are shown. Windows correctly identifies the amount of space taken up by the files which were on the drive. Mounting it under Linux gives the same result.

It seems to me this is a problem with a corrupted MBR. Am I correct? Is there a way to fix it?

Thanks!
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Welcome to Geeks to Go!

"safely" disconnecting the drive from the PC using the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon, and also unplug the drive from the mains (unless it's a portable, usb-powered type).

Now shut down the PC.

Reconnect the drive to the mains (if applicable), and to the PC.

Restart the PC.

Edited by phillipcorcoran, 10 April 2010 - 08:15 AM.

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Thanks. Done all those, unfortunately, but no joy
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My guess is the drive has failed, but you can test it with the manufacturer's own diagnstic tool (has to be the Windows version though, since the DOS version won't be able to detect USB devices).
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