"The disk structure is damaged and unreadable"
How does the problem arise?
When you buy a new hard drive for your computer, you may still be careful with it. But sooner or later you will start to treat your hard disk less considerate. You may get the error "The disk structure is damaged and cannot be read". What causes this error you will find in this article.
What causes the error?
The problem occurs when your computer tries to access a hard disk or a partition on that hard disk that has a damaged or unreadable disk structure. This results in a failed access attempt.
The reason for this is a faulty hard disk. An error on the hard disk may be caused by a damaged "Master File Table" (MFT) or on USB sticks and memory cards a damaged "File Allocation Table" (FAT). The FAT shows the computer where the data you want to access is stored. If this item does not work, the computer cannot find the data you want to view. THE MFT gives the computer information about how large the file is, when it was created, and who can access it. If the computer doesn't know who can access the file, then no one can access the file.
Another reason for the error may be a virus infection. If your computer is infected by a virus, it may also be able to access connected devices. On a storage device it can delete information or damage the partitions in a white one, which makes it impossible to access you. Therefore always pay attention to what you download from the Internet.
Another reason for the error, which usually only happens with external hard drives, is external damage. If your external hard drive falls down or otherwise suffers damage in any way, important elements of the drive may be broken. This can be a reason why you can no longer access your data.
The next reason is a very common error "The data structure is damaged and not readable". It is recommended that you "safely" remove your USB stick each time before you pull it out of the PC. Safe in this case means that the USB stick no longer works. If you unplug the USB stick or an external hard drive while data is being transported back and forth, this may cause damage to the hard drive. Make sure that you always remove your USB stick safely from your computer.
This error can occur on HDDs, SSDs, memory cards and USB sticks. The hard drives can be either external hard drives connected by a USB cable or internal hard drives that are built into the computer. To avoid this error in the future, you should try to bypass the error sources from this article. Take good care of your storage media by protecting them from external damage, by removing them safely from your computer and by making sure that no viruses get onto the storage media.
Problem: The disk structure is damaged and not readable!
The first thing to do is to determine whether the hard disk is sighted in the Disk Management.
Proceed as follows:
When the "Start Directory" opens, right click on "Computer
Now the "Computer Management" window should open
Select "Disk Management".
Now you should be able to determine if the hard disk is being viewed by the computer by looking at the name of the hard disk followed by a letter (E:).
If you see the hard disk but no letter like E: or F:, your computer has lost the structure.
You should then right-click the external hard drive,
then click on "Change drive letters and paths
then click on "Add
then click on "Assign the following drive letters
then choose a letter for your drive
then click on "OK
Now your drive should be recognized by the computer. If the renamed drive is not visible, go to "Cables and external enclosures".
Cables and External Enclosures
External hard drives are designed to transport data from one computer to another. However, after a certain period of time, the cables or connections may become damaged. If you are faced with a computer problem, look for the closest thing - the cable.
Take a USB cable (or borrow one from a friend) and connect it to the external hard drive.
Remove the hard drive from its original enclosure and connect it directly to the computer with a SATA or IDE connection
If the hard drive is detected, the problem was with the USB cable or external enclosure.
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