First off i would like to apologize for the large picture size
i have a e machine windows xp computer.
i have a brand new seagate external drive bought last black friday.
my computer had crashed in december but a friend of mine saved all data in my C drive to the external drive.
he fixed my computer and till about April 13th everything was working fine.
on April 12th i pulled an all nighter, playing WOW, till about 5am. i closed game and turned off the monitor then went to school. i came home at about 3 pm turned on the monitor and a message came up on the welcome screen. i didnt take a picture but
when i logged in the same message showed up.
i freaked and quickly checked the I drive (where my seagate is) and everything showed up as empty or 0 bytes. but the folders were still there.
i went into document and settings folder
i hovered over the user folders and they were empty. they didnt even contain any folders inside it( and there was supose to be a ton of files inside)
then i looked at the program files folder and it was empty. not even folders inside either.
HERES THE WEIRD THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
but when i went into to drives properties is showed there was 154gb saved onto the drive ( which is the amount that is supose to be on it)
Now i could use so much help to resolve the issue and recover the data. i had a lot of important files saved on it that i cant afford to loose. i havent done anything to it or tryied anything cuz as i said not good hardware skills and i didnt want to risk loosing all data. and at 1st i thought it was a 0LBA error was the issue but since there are still folders within someone disproved that theory.
im really lost and all help would be very much appriciated.
and 1st off i was wonderin if i could even unplugg it for i havent yet. i didnt want to risk anything at all. and somehow the internet conection was bonded to the drive for when the drives "memory lost" the internet connection completely went with it. the provider didnt even show so id need to compleately redo the whole internet provider service and connection and so on. and also it wont recognize a flash drive in the computer.
SO PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!! and if u have any questions PLEASE ask me.
and thanks to everyone ahead of time.
i also cant conect to the internet on it and it wont recoginize when i put a flashdrive into it. i also went into seagate manager and it says no external drive is connected even though it shows that it is connected to the I drive when i go to my computer.
so idk thats why i thought maybe something was wrong with the bios as someone else posted as their thread, i looked into it and it sounded alot like what was goin on with my drive.
can i unplugg it or will that risk loosing everything?
Edited by SpiritGuide, 25 April 2011 - 06:36 PM.