ive been using an iomega 500GB external drive for about 2 years to store music and photos rather than taking up my C drive memory. its big and hard to transport so was considering replacing it next pay check. it had been working fine but a few days ago i noticed that the usb cable doesnt fit tightly into the hard drive box anymore and needed to be
wiggled a bit or the drive would not show up. then yesterday while watching a movie stored on there i saw a windows error message saying that the drive needed to be
formatted, i declined this and a while later it popped up again. later it kept giving me a message saying that the drive needed to be connected to a high power usb port even though it has its own power supply. i checked the usb was plugged in properly and when i looked again the drive disappeared from the computer and i couldnt find it. this morning it was found as drive D without naming it iomega as usual. i could not open the folder to view any files.
after some research i checked in disk manager where it showed up as healthy and i switched it to require safe hardware removal rather than plug and play because that was the only option to change. i also ran virus checks and malware but nothing was found. when i rebooted the
computer it had trouble restarting and eventually i got the blue screen recommending i run check disk. it listed the iomega drive and after about 20 mins it seemed to find alot of files unreadable and deleted directories with certain extensions. when windows started up again i went into the drive and only saw two folders with program files of about 100kb even though the used space showed up as 155GB which is all my media. freaked out that i couldnt find these files i did more research, tried showing hidden files in folder options which didnt find them, and then downloaded test disk utility and followed advice on how to run that. ive rebooted the computer after running testdisk and it again came up with the blue screen of death asking to run check disk again. while i deliberated it started running so ive let it run again rather than interrupt and cause any more trouble. it seems to be taking longer this time.
thats pretty much all the detail i think of. can anyone tell me if there is still hope of recovering these files as the photos are important to me. secondly how my hard drive got corrupted in the first place so i can avoid it again. i will be getting a new hard drive so my question is about recovering those files rather than salvaging the iomega. could the problem have been caused by the loose usb cable hub and repeated unplugs while files were being used on the disk?
appreciate any help alot!