Can't read External Hard Drive anymore!
My external hard drive has fallen down a few times from my bed and now it doesn't work anymore.
Windows 7 needs a few minutes now to show something in Explorer, and it just shows "Local drive" and not the normally-displayed name of that drive. If I try to open the drive in Explorer it loads very long until the Explorer window doesn't react anymore. In Disk Management it takes a very long time to load and shows the drive as RAW-formatted.
Linux and other computers where I tried to plug it in are not recognizing it at all.
It seems like only the one computer where drivers were installed before are recognizing it, but in an incorrect way and can't access it.
I tried a program called TestDisk/PhotoRec which was able to restore some files but all with random filenames - I need something which can do this better.
A friend told to first clone the data to another drive where I could try to repair things, so I tried to do, but CloneZilla failed with this last red message:
I don't know what to do. Any suggestions?
I downloaded a free version of DataRecoveryWizard. It has been searching now for two hours and has found 152 files. Can anyone tell me if this is normal? For over a million files it would take days, weeks... However as in the other post (linked in comments) it seemed to work. I'm hoping to get filenames too after it has finished searching.
I think I need a program which runs under Windows to access the hard drive (maybe the problem of CloneZilaLive). DataRecoveryWizard recognizes the hard drive.
Can anyone tell me a good and tested program to that with risks? Freeware is best, but I would also buy NortonGhost, Acronis or other stuff?
A friend told me: is it possible that
chkdsk can help me fix this? Perhaps the partition table would be destroyed? Is this a possible reason?