User1: When I connect my 250GB Toshiba external hard drive to my computer, it is shown as a removable drive I: but some files on this external hard drive are inaccessible. As long as I try to open those files, a windows dialog box will come out to say: the file or directory is corrupted or unreadable. I need help to access those files. Is there any clue?
User2: I tried to access my external hard drive but failed. It shows the file or directory is corrupted or unreadable. Then I tried to take the external hard drive out of the case and inserted another external hard drive, but I got the same error message. What can I do to solve this problem?
User3: Please help me that my external hard drive is showing the file or directory is corrupted or unreadable. All files are inaccessible. Please give me the solution. I can’t lose those files on my external hard drive because they are unique and important to me.
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When the external hard drive shows the file or directory is corrupted or unreadable, you may find the capacities of the external hard drive also shows wrongly and the file type has become raw. In such a situation, you can run chkdsk to try to check and fix the error. If you are lucky enough, you might solve the problem after running the chkdsk. However, if you are not so lucky, you can continue have a try with external drive recovery software. This software is a data recovery tool which can help you restore data from unreadable or inaccessible external hard drive, but it is not a disk restore tool. After you restore all lost files with the software, you can format the external hard drive. If you are not familiar with data recovery, don’t worry; you can refer to recover files from external hard drive where you can learn about the step-by-step wizard to restore the data.