The other day my perfectly good USB 80 gb external hard drive (FAT32 I think) started saying files not found, not letting me open files, and adding crazy characters to the file and program names.
I shut down and rebooted with the drive still plugged in, something I almost never do. When it rebooted, I allowed it to run CHKDSK. It found the crosslink files and lost file fragments which it saved as files with the names FILE0000.CHK though whatever. It is several hundred files totalling about 15 gb.
I was able to see the drive through Windows XP Explorer but could not do anything with the files because they were applications and media files instead of text.
Then I must have pressed OK to some request because now Windows Explorer will not find the drive letter though the drive itself can be seen in Control Panel Device Manager.
How do I get Windows to find the hard drive again and how do I convert those 500 plus files back to their original programs? Can I get the crosslinked files back? I think they may have been deleted by CHKDSK.
Please help. There are several hundred pictures and applications archived on this drive. All new data was already removed and copied to a DVD