Help with external hard drive?

Chrissy_Precious - Oct 8, 2009 at 01:57 PM
 Blocked Profile - Oct 11, 2009 at 04:43 PM

I need some help badly!
I have an external hard drive which has thousands and thousands of pictures and alot of videos stored on it. I love photography very much and my pictures mean so much to me, l had them all stored on my hard drive not knowing that it could possibly crash like this.

About 2 years ago, l went to plug my external hard drive into my desk top computer (l sometimes switched it from my lap top to my desk top) and my files would not load. Autoplay started up but no files ended up loading. l cannot get to them. But somehow my external hard drive is still working fine besides this, it would let me put more pictures, files, videos etc. onto it accept that it tells me that it will erase the *precious* files that l have on it already! And l absolutely do not want that to happen... i'v been told that it can be fixed but that it is expensive and l have not found very much information to help me out on this at all. l really do not want to loose my old photos and videos. Can anyone help me?

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dancedhall Posts 3058 Registration date Wednesday May 13, 2009 Status Member Last seen March 12, 2010 657
Oct 9, 2009 at 11:28 AM
hi there,

if its corrupted them make a format to the drive and use

recovery tool and recover all the files stored in it

or you can still try to repair the drive by using repair tool

here is the download link:

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Oct 10, 2009 at 02:14 AM
Not a nice position to be in!

The good news though is that often you can recover deleted pictures successfully from a PC, external drives, camera memory cards or USB Memory sticks. It all depends on what has happened since you deleted the pictures. You're quite right to be wary of saving new files to it.

When you delete pictures (or any files) the data itself isn’t deleted, just the index entry that tells the system where the data for those files is located. The area containing the deleted data is also now marked as free space so it is available for any new files to be written there instead.

If and when that happens, then it is too late to recover your deleted pictures so it is very, very important to not save any new files or data to the device concerned.

If the deleted pictures are on your actual PC, use another PC to browse the internet for a solution as internet browsing causes lots of temporary files to get written to the disk. Download any photo recovery software, for example, to a memory stick, plug that in the computer with the deleted pictures and run it from there.

If the deleted pictures are on an external drive (as in your case) or a camera memory card or USB memory stick, just don’t save any new files to it.

One of the easiest ways to see if you can recover deleted pictures is to try some decent photo recovery software.

A good tip is to try the free demo version of a commercial product that will scan the device for deleted pictures and show you exactly what pictures can be recovered.

This costs nothing. At least that will show you if you can recover the deleted pictures or if it’s too late already.

To save (recover) the files found normally requires the full version of the software to be bought. Depending on the product this is typically between around $40 to $70.

You can find more useful information on how to recover deleted pictures at

Hope thats helpful for you.
Oct 10, 2009 at 09:59 PM
Oh my gosh thank you soooooooo much for the information and that website that you sent me!! It worked like a charm, i'v got just about all of my pictures and videos and files back and l am sooooooooooooooo ecstatic! (i'm not sure how you spell that hehe) l mean... l am beyond ecstatic l have been looking for a solution for years and l kept hearing over and over and over that the only way that l could get the files back would be to have some expensive procedure done on them... that website was amazingly helpful and i'v been spending today looking back at all of my pictures and videos that l have not gotten to see in over two years. Thank you so very very very much for your help and advice!
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Oct 11, 2009 at 04:43 PM
That's great news!!

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