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Topic # 23197 21-Jun-2008 15:49
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Hi All,

My sister went into her folder on out External HDD, and found this:

http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j184/matthew64/Corrupted.jpg

Can anyone shine a light as to what has happened? I tihnk it may have something to do with a slight power problem we had a couple of days ago, when we suddenly lost power to the computer and once power was restored, I had to unplug the HDD in order to get it to be recognized on the computer. not sure if this could be the problem though as a file I put on there a couple of days a go has also screwed up.

However, the strangest thing is that the HDD is recognising this folder as being 58.5gb. Its not the only folder with this problem. All up theres around 6-7 folder that are all showing the same problem, and all showing a stupidly high amount fo GB's being taken up. however, when added together, they apparently make nearly a TB of Data, yet the 256gb HDD isn't saying its full and in fact has 80 odd GB's free. Also, I cannot delete any of these folder.

Can anyone be of any help?

Thanks,
Matthew

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  Reply # 139602 21-Jun-2008 17:57
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I'd try a full defrag of the drive first.  Failing that there are utilities that can tell you the state of your hard disk...something like:
www.grc.com/spinrite will do the trick nicely, and most times allow you to repair the problem.  it's commercial software though.

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