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I have a Maxtor 500G USB external hard drive
Everything was going good, until i started to transfer allot of mp3 into my player. This transfer took hours for a minimum amount of mp3s. All of a sudden, i started to get that the dreadful 'file is corrupt' message and the contents of many folders started to disappear and even the folders that where not displayed on the screen started to vanish also. Eventually disconnected the hard drive and tried the other usb port on the back of the computer but to no avail. Then tried to use the ports on the front. It took awhile for the computer to recognize the device but the drive was eventually there. Open the drive and again took a while 'with a flashlight' but everything showed up. Tried to transfer more mp3 to my player and started to get "windows - delayed write failed & F:\$Mft (F being the Maxtor drive) and folder contents were/are starting to vanish. During both of these time the space taken up by the files had never changed.
Going camping in a couple of days which is why i keep trying to accomplish this in vain. Most of the mp3s that i did transfered are in my player so least something is working right.
Right now i don't even know is it a hard drive problem or a usb problem or even a computer problem. i did update my intel chipset and after updated my ndivia graphics driver.
thank you for any help you could offer.
 

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When you say "folder contents are starting to vanish", is this persistent? This error can make Windows "vanish" things - even the whole drive - but after a reboot/a safe remove and then re-connect, it turns out that the the folders/files are in fact there.

There's a reason Windows raises this error, as it can often mean the disk itself is becoming corrupt. What happens if you run CHKDSK (aka "Check for Errors" under drive Properties/Tools/"Check for errors")?
 
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