I recently gave my external HDD away to a Windows user and now I can't write anything to it nor read files on it, but it still shows folders and filenames in the file manager. I think he did not unmount the drive. I would just format it, but I want to keep the Data and I can't copy anything from it. What should I do?

marked as duplicate by karel, Eric Carvalho, Charles Green, David Foerster, George Udosen Dec 19 '17 at 19:34

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He likely had "Fast Start' enabled. Thus the drive is hibernated.

If you have a access to a Windows computer, start Windows twice with the drive plugged in, then eject it before turning off Windows.

  • Thanks that helped! now i can read and write again to the drive :) – Jay Dec 19 '17 at 16:28

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