I am using Win 7 Pro x64 on a Sony VAIO notebook, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD. I also have an external 500GB HDD on USB.
I was backing up my drive (creating a drive image) and during the process the notebook bluescreened. After rebooting, I tried to access the external HDD, but access was denied.
I ran "chkdsk Z: /R /B" and it took 14 hours to complete. Once it was done, same thing, "access denied."
I ran my partition manager, and rana repair with it, and it took a couple of hours. The partition manager can explore (and see) the folders and files on the drive.
Windows Drive Manager says it is a healthy partition, NTFS formatted. But Windows cannot or will not access the drive. I powered the drive down and let it sit a few hours, tried changing the drive letter, etc...
"Computer" in Windows Explorer shows the drive letter and label (correctly) but not the "used/free space" indicator.
Does anyone here know how I can regain access to this drive? I need to rescue my backups! They are there, but windows just won't open the drive.
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