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Lost/corrupt $Mft - unreadable drive

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    monkeyspaw is offline Junior Member
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    Default Lost/corrupt $Mft - unreadable drive

    Hello there,
    I am in desperate need of any help anyone can provide. I woke up this morning and saw a message on my computer saying that there was a delayed write failure or something like that of the $Mft file of my external hard drive. I can no longer access the files on this external hard drive. However, the drive still shows up in My Computer. When I double click to open the drive, it opens but it is completely blank. I have tried 5 or 6 different recovery programs including RecoverMyFiles, PCInspector, PTDD, GetDataBack, and a few others, and none of them can even detect the hard drive, so I can't run the programs to see if the files can even be recovered. This is a brand new hard drive I purchased maybe 2 months ago to replace a different failed hard drive but it did not come with a warranty, that I'm aware of (I'm in Japan right now and don't really understand the language). I've also tried running "chkdsk j:" from Windows command but it says it cannot open the volume. I would really appreciate any help anyone can give me. Thanks.

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    GDH
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    Hi,

    Does the drive have power? Can you hear it spin up? Does it have a light? Can you hear it reading data? Does it make any strange sounds?

    Can you see the drive in My Computer > Manage > Disk Management? If so, what is the status?
    Graham Henley
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    it may be a hardware issue due to a crappy exclosure to begin with, if on a desktop, take it out of current case and pop it into machine,

    if on a laptop, buy a good exclosure, preferably with an on/off switch and a cooling fan built in, noisier, but longer life.

    overheat can kill exclosures quite quickly and in turn throw up any number of ******ial error messages due to the hardware being faulty.

    hmm site seems to think p-o-t-e-n-t is a bad word??
    Last edited by gk11; 08-02-2010 at 03:03 AM.

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