USB HDD Pulling Out Has Screwed Me

Has anyone else accidentally pulled their respective USB drive out virtual images were running under? I did this weekend when I was working on a book, and all of a sudden the drive comes back and corruptible and unreadable. Now I am sad. Because all my work is on there. It doesn’t mean that I can’t recover it, because I am sure that I can get it off, but now I have to build a new image (since my OnTrack tools from my stint at that company will directly pull the files off the VM’s). That takes a lot of time, time that my publisher isn’t really going to be so hot on lending me.

I am wondering if anyone else has had this problem. All I have is a Western Digital 80 gig external HDD drive.

I am going to go back in the corner and cry. :(



  1. Liam Cleary says:

    Hey Adam,
    I feel ya pain, have done this loads of times!! Normally on trains when I realize I am due to get off!! What I do though if it works is attach the VHD to another VM as a normal drive and so far have managed to get most of my stuff back!! I hope you get ya stuff back!!


  2. AndersR says:

    Yep its not commonly known but ALWAYS ALWAYS use the “safely remove hardware” when unplugging USB HDD!

    Good luck with getting your data back :-s

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