I have a Windows XP computer with an external hard drive attatched to it. About a month ago, a friend was working on my computer. I asked him to remember to turn off the external drive when he shut down. Well, he turned off the external before the computer was completely shut down.
The next morning, I started up the external drive and the computer. I went to access a folder on my external drive that has all my files in it, (music, graphic arts work, resumes, everything...) about 35.5 GB worth of stuff. When I clicked on this folder, I got a message saying that ther was an error and the folder would not open.
So I tried to not panic, shut down the computer and external drive and started again. The computer ran through what looked like command lines and said it was repairing something. After it was finished starting up, I went to see if the folder was accessible, and it just wasn't there. There are a couple of other folders on the drive that are still there and open ok. The properties of the external drive say that there is still 35+/- GB worth of memory still being used. Files are there, I just can't get to them. The situation is a little desperate because I'm unemployed and the folder contained files I need to get a job (resume, work samples, etc.)
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!