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Thread: All Folders & Files on my external drive cannot be read and accessed ?!

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    sad All Folders & Files on my external drive cannot be read and accessed ?!

    Hello,

    I have been using my external hard drive for around 6 months now and has been working with no problems.

    I went into it recently to work on some files and ALL my folders and files are in gobble-dee-gook language. I have attached a screen-shot of the files & folders so you can see for yourself.

    I have plugged it into other computers and laptops and it is showing the same weird language.

    I cannot open any of the files or folders.

    I am running Windows XP SP2

    My External HDD details are:
    Memorex 160GB
    Model # ETD160GW

    Has my external-hard drive crashed? I have a lot of work on there that is important. Is there anyway I can get it back?

    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by jadegirl; 18-10-2009 at 03:51 AM.

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    Re: All Folders & Files on my external drive cannot be read and accessed ?!

    The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. - Albert Einstein

    What we think, we become (Please don't think you are a superhero and don't try to fly)

    "SUCCESS IS NOT A DESTINATION , IT'S A JOURNEY"

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    Re: All Folders & Files on my external drive cannot be read and accessed ?!

    Well there has been a virus infection which has resulted in the data corruption or your hard disk was removed without safety measures which did the data corruption. I don't think there's a way to recover the data from the disk, but try some data recovery softwares...

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    Re: All Folders & Files on my external drive cannot be read and accessed ?!

    Thank you to both replies - will have a go at some data recovery prog's, if successful, will post on here for other silly people who forgot to back-up on a regular basis :-)

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