I'm running Vista 64 with all the latest updates, and am having trouble accessing my external Seagate FreeAgent XTreme 1.5TB drive. It shows up in the provided Seagate Manager software, and in Windows Explorer, but I can't get to the files any more. When I try and run check chkdsk, I get this:
c:\>chkdsk k: The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted.
In Seagate Manager, I went to Settings and ran Test My Drive, which succedded. However, before I could do this, I did have to change the connection from eSata to USB (per the Seagate help). Under, Drive Info, the volume name is random unicode characters.
Using the PC-Doctor Hardware Diagnostic Tools that came with the PC, I ran the test (random seek, funnel seek, surface scan) under Storage Devices for the drive and it passed.
When I run Computer Management and look at Storage\Disk Management, the K: drive is listed as file system RAW, and not NTFS.
I have been looking for some recovery software, but they all seem to scan for and find files, but they don't have the acutal filenames (probably for the same reason the drive can't be seen)
I should note, I have a lemon PC that will often lock up and require a hard power down (check out this almost 300 page thread of the HP Support Forum: HP Elite e9150t Feezes/Locks up.) My guess is that the external drive didn't dismount clean and something is messed up.
I'm looking for help or pointers to any software that can fix the NTFS data.