External hard drive problems

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Appler, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. Appler macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2006
    One of my external hard drives decided to do its tricks on me, and just could not be read anymore. When I go to disk utility and verify/repair this is exactly what i get:

    Verify and repair volume " "
    Checking non-journaled HFS plus volume
    checking extents overflow file
    checking catalog file
    invalid node structure (red)
    volume check failed (red)
    Error: filesystem verify or repair failed.

    I have about 300GB worth of files in there, I would love to be able to retrieve them. Any suggestions? thanks
  2. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2007
    Do you have any backups? If so try reformatting. If you dont' have backups, start backing up stuff so you don't run into this problem into the future.

  3. dubhe macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Norwich, UK
    Was it hot? Clicking? Not used for a while?
    Presume it is Mac formatted so you can't try reading it on a PC (not sure why that would work anyway...)

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