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back up hard drive corrupted and unreadable


dickie1234

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i have a pc running xp pro which had two 160gb hard drives on it one as master (c) and one as slave (f) For a week or so windows was displaying a blue screen warning message everyday on boot up "one of your drives needs to be checked for consistency" this was the c drive so finally i let it do its check and it took around two hours and gave errors about orphaned files and failed security licenses or some bumf which made the drive inaccessible afterwards so i had to format it and reinstall windows. So in the meantime and before the check I transferred all of my important files onto the f drive. Now comes the problem. I reinstalled windows onto drive c but when i reconnected the back up drive which was working fine as slave before the check, windows is now saying the drive is corrupt and unreadable. I know that there are 156gb of files on there that cannot be replaced has anyone got any ideas how to get them off as i don't want to format the drive and lose everything on there and cant see how this drive has been affected by checking the other one

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