corruped external HDD
I run WIndows 8 and have a corrupted external HDD.
Any program that tries to address the HDD stops and has to be cancelled.
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You may have lost all of that data on the external drive if you do not have a backup somewhere. I suggest that you contact a local computer hardware specialist to see if the problem can be diagnosed and data transferred to a new external drive (HDD).
Sometimes virus programs can cause hard drive problems. Remember to maintain a good virus protection program.
And always remember to to maintain 2 copies of all important data.