Recently I copied the contents of an external drive I suspect is corrupted, to another external drive. I erased the suspicious drive, reformatted, and transferred my files back to the drive. It worked for a short while, but at some point, after moving new files from my desktop machine to this same external drive, this same suspicious drive became unstable again. The drive was listed among the drives connected to my machine, but there was no available space displayed.
I used the Acronis Drive Monitor, and I got at least a half-dozen warnings with the following message:
The transaction resource manager on volume K: encountered an error during recovery. The resource manager will continue recovery.
K is the letter I assigned to the suspicious drive. Along with this error, I got dozens of errors with this message:
The file system structure on the disk is corrupt and unusable. Please run the chkdsk utility on the volume.
I ran a disk check, and during that disk check, several of my files in at least 3 folders were erased. One by one, the files were deleted as the disk check attempted to fix my drive, and the files that were deleted were listed. When I went to look in the folders in which the suspected deletions occurred, the folders were empty.
This is a 500-gigabyte PATA drive inside an Acomdata Samba enclosure. I've had the drive for more than 2 years, but the enclosure I've had for about a month. I started experiencing problems trying to transfer files from my machine to the drive itself before I changed enclosures. Could it be that the hard drive itself is on its way to dying? Or is it my machine that's the problem? This is the second time I've run a disk check operation with major problems before and after the disk check.