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So, I suffered a power cut for 10 minutes yesterday, and when I came back to my desk, windows (7) was running chkdsk on my second internal sata hdd - a 2TB Samsung f4.

Hundreds of orphaned files but "Insufficient disk space to recover lost data" when it tried to recover/move/fiddle with them, was taking ages so left and went to make coffee.

Returned to find that windows had booted, but explorer was very slow and was only half-seeing the drive: as in it was showing up in explorer, but without the blue bar and “800GB free of 1.8TB” label.

Ran chkdsk /r on the drive which fixed all the orphaned files, but then process fails on "Unable to read the Usn Journal $J data stream".

So, what would be the best things to try? Some sort of boot disc I guess, but which one?

Also, this is the second f4 that has failed after less than 2 months use - just bad luck or common? My htpc runs from a hitachi that is 10 years old and still going strong!

Thanks in advance guys!
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post #2 of 3
I'm not sure if you are going to get the drive up and working again, but you can save the information off of it. I am assuming that Windows runs fine since it is on your other drive. You can try installing a program like Recuva and get all of your files from the drive (and copy them to an external drive or if you have space your booted drive).

If Windows is not working too great, you can create a bootable linux usb/disk, boot from that, mount your bad drive and copy the files from there. Of course you are going to need a place to put the files. If it is within two months use, have you tried contacting Samsung about it? I am not really sure about warranties but that really is not an acceptable lifetime.
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Thanks for your reply.
Yes, the boot drive is fine so I’ll try your suggestion of Recuva.
And the warranty is valid so I’ll be returning this drive too - just got to try and get some of the data back before I do!
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