Is my hard drive damaged?

Lorelei

New Member
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Hello to all,

I have Windows 8 and my computer is about ten years old.

My hard drive is partitionned in C and E.

The C partition has no problem.

When I try to click on E, I have the following message :
" E cannot be accessed.
The file or directory is damaged, impossible to read it".

I would to know if I can do something to repair it.
Since the computer is old, it might well be that the hard drive is too old. Or maybe not...

I have no hope nor will to get back the content that was on E, I think it has been lost forever.

Thank you for anyone trying to help me.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    TOSHIBA SATELLITE

wiganken

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106
So Windows File Manager "sees" partition E: but cannot access it? Try opening "Disk Management" and (if E: is visible) right click on the E: partition area and left click on "Format" and select the full-format option to re-format it. This may get you the disk back but not the contents. Do you have the contents backed-up anywhere else? If the contents are important you may need an expert. Another option is to open a command window
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

mrjimphelps

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Try booting into Linux Live and see if you can access the drive from there. This may allow you to get the contents off of the drive.

You can also run GPARTED in Linux, to remove the inaccessible partition, then recreate it. (Create an NTFS partition, so that it will be useable in Windows.) Then format the drive in GPARTED. Make sure that that is NTFS as well.

Now reboot into Windows. Your drive will be good to go, as long as it isn't a bad drive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (host OS) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (virtual machine)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 3847
    CPU
    Haswell
    Memory
    12 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M
    Browser
    Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer
    Antivirus
    Sophos (Linux), Windows Defender (Windows)
    Other Info
    I use Samba to share my data drive with the other computers at my house.

Lorelei

New Member
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11
I used GPARTED in Linux. I just had to select the E: in GPARTED (dev/sda3) , format it in NTFS and then when I came back to Windows my E: worked. I pasted a file in it and opened it to check my E was again functional.

Thank you for your help.

Now all I have to do is to use regarlarly HDTune to check my old drive isn't damaged...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    TOSHIBA SATELLITE
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