I had been using an USB Harddive of 160GB (from Seagate). All of a sudden i could notice once that it kept reconnecting itself and the popup window appeared asking what to do with the drive contents for each drive.
After some time, i could see that i am unable to open the drives by double clicking and see it contents .
Also when i checked the "disk management" portion of "My Computer->Manage" in Windows XP, it shows all my paritions as 100% free.
I wonder all the partitions are formatted automatically or what? No idea what could have happened and i just want to hear any possible solutions to try if anyone else had faced this scenario!
Whenever you try to "Safely disconnect your drive" windows will try to commit the changes made to the disk.So,the problem with your case is that while windows is trying to commit changes you disconnected your drive.
I guessed this may be the case
There are recovery utilities to get back your data. One thing i want to tell you.Don't use that drive until you get back all your contents.If you try to use it then all those data will get overwritten.
If you can recover that data,then its the problem with the way you disconnected your hardware.Otherwise it ay be some other problem related with hardware itself. [ January 07, 2008: Message edited by: Balasubramanian Chandrasekaran ]