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NTFS corruption on external drive

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Guys, I have a dock from Thermaltake that I connect hard drives to. I've been using it this way for a few years now without any issues. The other day I had to shut my machine down incorrectly because I couldn't get the monitor to come back on after the HDMI cable fell out of the monitor. Seems this happens a lot, old VGA never had that issue. Anway, machine rebooted fine but later that day windows complained about a few folders I was trying to write to. After removing all the bad data I re-ran chkdsk today and it found more files but files I had re-downloaded. So it pretty much corrupted everything but two folders that I had downloaded yesterday. All other older data so far is fine.

 

Anyone know why this is happening and is this a sign of a bad drive? I did a test with a few apps and the tests are successful. I am not able to seagate test it because it's external. At this point I can't write any more data to the drive without the fear that it will corrupt again. So the drive is useless at this point to me for storing data. If I copy the data to

a new disk and reformat the old one then copy it back would that resolve the isssue? Are NTFS errors a sign of things to come with the drive or is something else going on? If I copy the data to a new drive will it be safe or will I be copying over corrupted files? I've gone through by data and tested files and so far every before Aug 3rd is okay (knock on wood).

 

Any advice would be great. It's Windows 7 x64 and my other drives (internal are fine, so far) it's a Seagate 3.5 3T in a Thermaltake dock.

 

thanks

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I would download seatools for windows at the seagate website...it should be able to tell you about the health of your drive

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thanks but does it work against USB drives? The one of I have boot disc does not. I could connect it to this machine directly but that can be a pain to access. Ran a chkdsk against it last night and it was clean. Running one right now. I downloaded a few files to see what would happen.

 

 

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I tried the latest version of Seagate tools locally that supports USB drives, no smart though. Both generic test and short test completed successful. I have ran chkdsk against the drive a few times and so far it is clean. Wondering if moving the good data to a new folder would be safe and leaving the old empty but then again the corrupted data was in many folders.

 

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Those disk cradles can be a little flaky on the connection .  If 1 contact breaks transmission - the data can be reduced to junk.  When it was new, the drive was snug and all was right in the world, but over time - looser and looser.  I too have that Thermaltake BlacX 5g - the drives sometimes wont release after they are done (cant get windows to say "OK to disconnect" because it thinks its still busy)

Maybe this is the reason.  But SeaTools says your oK, if you want to check again to be sure, download HDTunePro & run Error scan - it can tell you if a sector is bad, or about to be bad.

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