Jay3fer Posted October 5, 2012 Share Posted October 5, 2012 Our second internal hard drive (the one where we keep all our data! :-o) has been flaky for a while. It started disappearing from the drives list in My Computer, but usually a restart, with a token checking/tightening of the cables, would put it back in place. I doubt the cable thing actually did anything, because sometimes just a complete shutdown / poweroff would do the trick. Anyway, I ordered a new drive and it arrived last week and we have been SO busy with nonstop Jewish holidays so it's still sitting in the box. You can see where this is going, right...? :lol: (I am posting here rather than on a tech forum because they'll just hit me over the head for putting off switching, but hopefully other busy parents can relate a BIT...) So last night, Windows popped up a "The file or directory F:\$Secure is corrupt and unreadable. Please run chkdsk utility" and the same message for G:\, the virtual hdd on the same drive. And I resolved to change the drive the minute the holiday was over. The drive was still visible at that point and I was able to read/write files, albeit with performance issues. And then this morning, the drive is gone. Reboot, cable check, everything... and nothing. C:\ drive is fine, everything else is normal. F:\ and G:\ are simply vanished into the ether. Please don't hate me. When I say "busy with Jewish holidays," I don't mean one family meal here and there - I mean stretches of days at a time when the computer, lights, phone etc are off-limits, to the extent that we can't touch them. And before that, days of preparation, ie cooking and cleaning. It's barely possible to sit down and breathe at this time of year. Is there anything I can try besides paying exorbitant data-recovery type fees to get back some of the data on this drive???? The really critical stuff (family photos, school ebooks, printables etc) is backed up to Dropbox, but there is other stuff we could really, REALLY use, including some very old applications I can't get copies of anymore. (like my default image editor, a free beta version of a mainstream program) Help? :-(((((( Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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