We had an old Laptop (Windows ME) whose only USB device had stopped working. Since the only working drive remained was a floppy drive, I bought an USB house, extracted the hard disk from the PC, put it in the house and connected it to my Windows 7 laptop to get out anything old which might be of interest; we guess that there are some older digital photogaphs on the laptop.
Reaction time was very slow, but maybe that’s common for USB harddisks. We didn’t find anything of interest at a first glance. Some folders could not be opened at all in reasonable time, though the drive worked hearably. Surprisingly, a larger amount of pages saved from web and some other stuff was placed right into the root folder (former ‘C:\’): NTFS bug or bad user behavior? I don’t know.
I tried copying ‘everything’ onto my hard disk (giving it the night) but Windows’ copy dialog simply disappeared after about two seconds without any message. I tried manually copy of some singelton .doc files, some worked, some caused errors, so I then ran ScanDisk on the drive. It came quite far within two hours, had checked more than 5,000 files, and hung. After a reboot Windows doesn’t recognize the file system any more. It appears as a drive, but cannot be opened. What is my issue? (Corrupt disk? Corrupt USB connector?) And how to go on? Is there something left to recover?