My laptop's hard drive had an issue a while back (system would show splash and then hang before loading Windows, click heard from hard disk) and I have already replaced it. Recently, I put the drive in an external enclosure and tried accessing files I wanted to recover. I was able to access the root directory but when I clicked on "users" (wanted to go to desktop, where I had stored some pictures I wanted to keep) it told me the folder was corrupted and unreadable. So I placed it inside the case plugged in via SATA (faster speed), and ran CHKDSK on it. It finished with every step, until it started recovering orphaned files from non-indexed locations. However, for every file it found, it told me there was not enough space on the disk to recover file. I couldn't stop the CHKDSK, so I figured I'd let it go through all those files on its own and do the next step. But I let it run overnight, and at the rate it was at, it would take another 50 hours to finish going through those files. So I forced a shutdown and removed the drive (with it in, Windows won't boot from my normal drive for some reason), and then plugged it back into the hard drive enclosure to try to delete some unnecessary files. As soon as I plug it in, the activity light on the drive stays on solid, and when I go to "Computer" there is no free storage bar shown for the drive. If I try accessing the drive, it will freeze up the Windows Explorer process and I'll have to restart it. With this happeneing, how do I go about freeing up space? Btw, the computer I'm using to do this is Windows 7 x64.
If I have to, I have an old computer that I wouldn't mind leaving on for 5 days straight, but I'd like to have some free space before so chkdsk can actually finish.
Also, is there any independant software that does what CHKDSK does? Because I'm really tired of using Microsoft's that hasn't been rewritten for God knows how long. I'd like the ability to pause and skip steps and so forth.
Thanks =) and excuse me if I did anything wrong posting this, my first post on this site.