I’ve had a Seagate 500GB Expansion Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive for about a year, no problems with it until today. After transferring a few files back and forth, then going out to jet ski and bench press dinosaurs I come back to find that without warning all its folders are intact, but every single file has vanished. Running Windows 7.
A couple of image files that I dumped on I: are still there, but when I open them I get “Windows Photo View can’t open this picture because either the picture is deleted, or it’s in a location that isn’t available”. Trying to move a file to it gets “This is no longer in Computer. Verify the item’s location and try again”.
In Computer, everything looks just fine, exactly like it should be - shows 72GB used. In properties Windows reports on “Seagate Portable USB Device” that “This device is working properly”. Running WinDirStat (a drive-mapping program) on the other hand shows that only 3.6MB is used (!). If I try and run Windows Error-checking on the drive nothing happens. The device itself looks fine, no weird noises or overheating, the lights are on like they always were.
What the fudge is going on with it?