The first thing that happened is that my computer froze and everything completely stopped. Even the song I was listening to. I waited, but after a few hours I just powered it off. (This was probably the big mistake.) When I powered it back on it took a really long time to boot up. I later found that if I remove the external HD it takes the regular amount of time. When I went to access the drive a pop up message said, "Error Performing Inpage Operation"
In System Properties / Advanced, I have changed the Visual Effects to Adjust for Best performance. This did not save much time, but things are working a little faster. I checked the Device Manager. There are no reports of any issues with the drive. Under Properties / Policies I have gone back and forth between Optimize for quick removal & Optimize for perfomance. Does not seem to make any difference.
I have gone through the Command Prompt and run chkdsk F: /r This took 22 hours to run when it finally ended it told me there was not enough disk space to repair cluster.
I ran again chkdsk F: /f This time it took 17 hours before it told me there was not enough disk space. I am currently running it again.
Now it says it cannot open because The Parameter is Incorrect. But I can view the properties now through My Computer which I could not before. I was hoping to see the option to compress the drive but there is no option to do so.
Everything seems to be still there and in tact. I just can't get it to open! I cannot Open or Explore the drive through Windows. I have tried a new cable. It still does not work. I can hear the disk turning like usual. I do not think it is a hardware problem per sey.
My laptop is running XP Pro sp2 The Drive is Toshiba MK4025GAS HDD2190.
Here is what I want to try: I want to try deleting some files to free up some space. I cannot do this through Windows since I cannot access anything inside the F drive. Can I delete files through DOS? It's been 20+ years since I used DOS regularly so I'd rather ask than start guessing.
If y'all happen to know a better way I'd love to hear it! It's been really quiet around here without my music. I've got about half of it backed up but I would really like to have it all back in one place.
Thanks for reading, hope you can help.