external hard drive help please!!!

  tomcat007 16:53 14 Sep 09

I have a problem with my external hard drive.

I always plug it in with the usb when my pc is running and it always loads up as my j drive and i just open it up.
Earliar today though,i accidently plugged it into the usb before i started my pc up and just before it loaded up windows,loads of file came up across the screen,like it was disk scanning them.After a few minutes it stopped but when it loaded up windows when i click on my computor the operating system c drive comes up and it says 450 gb of 586gb,but wheres my 1 tb hard drive used to say about 680m gb of 990gb,it says nothing now,just the j drive with the external drive pic.when i try to click on this it just says j drive is not accesible,access is denied.

What have i done,i have got loads of music,pics and videos on this drive and i really hope i have not lost them for good.

Please can someone help

  tomcat007 16:54 14 Sep 09

just to let you all know i am using vista

  Woolwell 16:55 14 Sep 09

Have you unplugged your drive, taken the power off it and reconnected?

  tomcat007 17:08 14 Sep 09

yeah,tried that mate

  Woolwell 17:17 14 Sep 09

And a re-boot of the PC?

  tomcat007 17:27 14 Sep 09

yes mate

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:46 14 Sep 09

Do a system restore on vista back to before the problem started and retry.

Idea is to get rid of the drive information in the registry.

  bretsky 17:56 14 Sep 09

Maybe click here this is for XP though, some thing to do with admin permissions.

bretsky ;0)

  tomcat007 18:14 14 Sep 09

tries the system restore,no luck

  Woolwell 21:42 14 Sep 09

Can you try it on another system?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:18 14 Sep 09

Sounds like its screwed with the drives boot record then perhaps yo need something like drive rescue

Testdisc click here

Disk Investigator click here

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: Hands-on with the new 4K HDR phone with Motion Eye camera and Snapdr5…

1995-2015: How technology has changed the world in 20 years

Best laptop for design and art 2017: we test Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft's most powerful…

Apple Watch 2 vs Huawei Watch 2 comparison review: watch out for 4G smartwatches Apple