I'm new to this forum and before posting this
thread I've tried searching for the same issue im having but I couldn't find the
answer. So here it goes:
I recently acquired a WD external hard
drive to backup my files from my HP laptop (windows xp pro). I started
saving and updating my files using the external hard drive since my HP
laptop is becoming unstable. I always use the safe remove devise before
unplugging my external hard drive. Then last week, my HP laptop wont
boot at all. So, I have tried accessing my files in the WD external hard
drive from different laptops (windows xp pro and tried it on windows
xp media center as well) and I found that some files are missing - mostly
document files (pdf, excel, word, photoshop files). My pictures, musics
and softwares are there...
I have tried doing the check disk and
no luck... my files are still missing. Any ideas or suggestions would
be very helpful. I'm currently tight on budget and I cant afford to
have this fixed at a shop. Pls help
Here are some additional info:Old HP laptop: Windows XP not sure what service pack, I think its NTFS
Other laptops: Windwos XP pro and media center service pack 3, both are NTFS
WD External Hard Drive: 500GB, FAT32
Thank you in advance and I appreciate your feedback.
I'm thinking the files may not have been copied to the external drive due to some kind of file-locking issue (potentially the side-effect of a virus), since everything else is there and you used safe-disconnect.
Exactly what kind of issues were you having with the laptop? Was it something hardware related, or software? If it's the latter, you should be able to boot from a LiveCD and copy off the files you need.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Thank you for your reply. I have the HP Presario V3000. They have problems with the motherboard. I guess its poorly designed and it overheats. I decided to purchase the external hard drive to backup the files I have and I think Ive transferred them correctly. I can see them and even edit them using the HP Presario for about a month. Then when my laptop didnt boot last week, I knew the time was up and need to replace the motherboard. So, this was the first time I connected the exernal hard drive to a different computer and some files are not there anymore... :(
What you can do, so long as you have not fiddled with the laptop harddrive, is get your hands on a case for that internal, or some kind of cable to connect it to a computer by usb. Then once you're booted into windows, you can view that drive and then take the files off again. This can be done with a live cd, or in another windows computer.
oh, i apologize to confuse everyone... I shouldnt have said backup my files... I should have said transfered my files to my external hard drive. so my files are no longer on my laptop hard drive. I guess I'm running out of options to recover my files on the external hard drive?
Do the other cpmputers have the same programs on them IE photoshop and office?
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Yes, I have the same programs installed.
Thank you guys for looking into this and for your suggestions! Many thanks.
Maybe this is a stretch, but what if that drive is failing too? Run some recovery software just to make sure. Try Recuva if you need a free one.
Thank you so much! I appreciate it! I will try it tomorrow and I will post the results. I appreciate your feedbacks!
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