1.    28 Feb 2016 #1
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    External Hard Drive Error


    My external hard drive is showing an error.

    G:\ is not accessible.

    The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable.

    Does anyone know how to fix it without formatting it? Have a lot of file on there that I'd like to recover if possible.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated
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  2.    28 Feb 2016 #2
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    When that happened to me last year, I downloaded Linux Mint installed it to a USB stick, booted to it, and it could read my external hard drive, and I moved the files to another drive, THEN had to reformat the drive.
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  3.    29 Feb 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMike65 View Post
    When that happened to me last year, I downloaded Linux Mint installed it to a USB stick, booted to it, and it could read my external hard drive, and I moved the files to another drive, THEN had to reformat the drive.
    I've downloaded Linux Mint but not sure how to now install it on a USB stick and then boot up my machine with it.

    Never used anything but Windows
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  4.    29 Feb 2016 #4
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    Have tried it on a colleagues computer running Linux, but he isn't getting much joy. Any other advice?
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  5.    29 Feb 2016 #5
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    So you can't install Linux on a USB stick?? and your buddy who runs Linux can't either??? Please explain more to me. I know of no other way to TRY and access your external drive, other than using a bootable usb with either Linux or Ubuntu installed on it. And even if you made either one, you still might not be able to access that external drive if it's fried. This was just a shot at trying, nothing more. Normally I would try running chkdsk on the external drive, but if you can't access the drive, then you can't run it to check or repair errors on that drive.
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  6.    29 Feb 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMike65 View Post
    So you can't install Linux on a USB stick?? and your buddy who runs Linux can't either??? Please explain more to me. I know of no other way to TRY and access your external drive, other than using a bootable usb with either Linux or Ubuntu installed on it. And even if you made either one, you still might not be able to access that external drive if it's fried. This was just a shot at trying, nothing more. Normally I would try running chkdsk on the external drive, but if you can't access the drive, then you can't run it to check or repair errors on that drive.
    My colleague has linux and ubuntu already installed on his machine, but can't seem to get access to it. The drive seems to be running, just can't read it
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  7.    29 Feb 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilsinc View Post
    My colleague has linux and ubuntu already installed on his machine, but can't seem to get access to it. The drive seems to be running, just can't read it
    Then sorry, I have no more ideas, that hard drive just might be dead.....sorry.
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