How come I cannot access my external hard drive after scanning and recovering orphaned files?

by on February 19, 2011

Q: So I rebooted my computer with an external hard drive connected. Upon reboot (I’d walk off at this stage) in DOS mode, my computer said that one of my hard drives was working inconsistently, scanned it then went on to ‘recover orphaned files’. It did this and rebooted. I now cannot access the external hard drive – F:/ is not accessible – access denied!!!
Not cool, everything is backed up on this drive.
I run Windows Vista.
I’ve tried changing the security setting to allow everyone like Administrator permissions.
I need this hard drive to work.