27th December 2004, 07:05 PM
27th December 2004, 07:52 PM
Where can i get very good price for portable storage?
27th December 2004, 07:59 PM
Shoot film, film wont crash.
27th December 2004, 08:44 PM
27th December 2004, 08:46 PM
Hi jonlou, if it helps, don't give up hope completely yet. Let's hope it's only the file allocation table (FAT) that's corrupted - I'm assuming you're using Windows - and your actual data is still intact somewhere on the hdd; i.e. if you hadn't overwritten the actual data storage area with some other newer files the 1's & 0's should still be there. There are several options that I would personally try if it happened to me, however you'll still have to keep your fingers crossed and need all the luck you can get. Note I'm assuming you're using the hdd on a Windows system and it's in FAT format here:
* firstly if you can, or especially if you can't afford to lose the data, perform a hard disk clone (e.g. using Norton Ghost). This will offer you a backup in case something screws up during attempts at data recovery and you'll be able to at least revert to the start state.
* the easiest and most straight-forward is to try scandisk in Windows. Depending on the version of Windows this may or may not be available to you, IIRC. Scandisk may fix errors and inconsistencies in the FAT, but it is possible it will repair the FAT without recovery any lost files for you - no one can be 100% sure it won't. Hence having a hdd backup is important (see previous point).
* next there are products such as Norton Disk Doctor that may detect and recover the orphaned files.
* did a quick search on Google for "recover lost files". One software product turned up - http://www.recovermyfiles.com/. I think it says you can download a trial copy that will report if it can 'see' your lost files but you'll have to buy the software in order to have it recover the files for you.
* another hopeful freeware here: http://www.softwarepatch.com/software/filerecovery.html
If you can, do more detailed research on the net and see what else that's hopeful comes up.
The important point is, if you're determined to recover the lost files, do not write anything new to the hdd - otherwise it may be gone forever!