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How to Check External Drives?

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    How to Check External Drives?


    I have a Seagate External drive that has malfunction
    I've saved my files already... (thank God)
    But now I'm wondering if my drive is defective.
    I heard there's a windows program that can check the drive...I tried under tools but it wouldn't scan because of administrator rights.
    Is there a thread here already that explains how I can ensure my Seagate drive is not broken?

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    These tools ? -

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    Windows 8.1


    Yes.
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    Have you tried taking ownership ? -

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Have you tried taking ownership ? -

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    No...never heard of that.
    Are there any instructions posted here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koukol View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Have you tried taking ownership ? -

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    No...never heard of that.
    Are there any instructions posted here?
    You could use the instructions here -

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8

    or do as in the screenshot.
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    Cheers, David!
    I'll dive into it after dinner.
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    Maybe try as in the picture -

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    Windows 8.1


    OK...
    I just downloaded the Take Ownership and it's now listed.
    However, when I click it I get a flash of the black command screen and it's gone.
    I checked the Tools and clicked check drive and I still get that windows cannot access the drive.
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