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how to fix my external hard disk

  1. #1

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    windows 8.1

    how to fix my external hard disk

    well, my external hard disk was working just fine then it started showing as "local disk E" and i couldn't open it. I searched online for a solution and did the "chkdsk" thing and it worked again. few hours later the problem game back.. this time what i did before didn't solve it. it only made the contents of the hard disk appear but i couldn't use it .. so i copied some of the small files i needed from my 300 gb of data on it. now it's back to the "local disk e" thing and i can't even use cmd while the hard is connected. is there a way to solve it or at least copy my files from it?
    Edit: now i can't even use cmd or disk management or my computer when the disk is connected

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  2. #2

    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    1. Back up your personal data while you can
    2. Download CrystalDiskInfo.V6.2.0 and run to check if your HD is any good.
    3. Try to run: chkdsk X: /r /f ======> X is the external drive letter. Will take a while to complete
    4. If happens again then replace your HD.
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    You should always make a backup of important files before problems develop. 2 or more backup copies if the files are of particular importance. Trying to make a backup after problems occur may be too late. Recovery methods are always hit or miss.
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    Vista and Win7

    You can copy the data with a live Linux CD or use what I use.
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