Recovering data from an external hard drive Tags: Hard Drives Laptops External Hard Drive Storage Last response: December 26, 2009 3:39 PM in Storage Share Anonymous Laptop Expert December 26, 2009 3:12:09 PM Hi guys, I had my external hard drive connected to my laptop, and opened in windows explorer. I wasn't transferring any files to or from the hard drive. I unplugged the laptop, but forgot that I had taken out the battery, so it turned off. After booting my laptop back up, I can't find any files on my external HDD. All the root folders are there, but they are all empty. Showing hidden files shows nothing. Plus, I keep getting the "Windows - Delayed Write Failed" errors. When I check the HDD properties, it still says 480GB is in use, which leads me to believe the data is still there, and is hopefully recoverable. A lot of the data consisted of movies and software iso's, i.e. a relatively small number of large files, if that makes any difference. I would hate to lose all my stuff. Given my situation, how would I go about getting it back? Thanks so much in advance. More about : recovering data external hard drive | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Anonymous Laptop Expert December 26, 2009 3:39:25 PM Update: I rebooted the laptop once more, and now Windows does not even recognize my drive. It shows up as "Unknown USB Device". I am starting to lose it. Is there anything I can do? | Report abuse Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Storage>Recovering data from an external hard drive> Related ressources: ForumHow to recover data from a dropped broken external hard drive ForumHow to recover External Hard Drive data ForumHelp recovering external drive data for the boss! ForumRecovering RAID 0 data by placing in external drive cases? ForumRecover data from External Hard drive ForumRecovering data from broken hard drive ForumRecovering data from a 3Tb hard drive ForumHow to recover data from a broken external hard drive ForumTrying to Recover data from laptop hard drive to put on External drive Forumrecover formatted data from external hard disk ForumHow to recover formated data of external hard drive ForumHow to recover data from a unrecognized external hard drive ForumHow to recover data from toshiba external hard drive ForumHow to recover data from toshiba external hard drive which has been turned to sh ForumRecover data from formatted external hard drive ForumHow to recover data from external hard drive of windows ForumRecovering data from hp pavillion hard drive without the laptop ForumHitachi external hard drive 500gb problems need to recover data ForumHow to recover data from iomega external hard drive ForumBest SSD Of 2013, Which is it? More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !