As stated I am taking a break from fakemon, though recent events have made things...bothersome. I had restarted an old video game project which I have been working on for the past few weeks (I was making good progress too) and...well my external hard drive...that has ALL of my work (art, video game projects, important documents, all of it)...isn't...working. As you can expect I was rather upset. I feel stupid for not backing up my hard drive. I searched the internet for solutions to recover the data and even now I am still looking for solutions and trying everything I can. If all else fails I might need to send this off to an expert and well... the lowest price I saw was $500 (that is 10 times what I paid for this stupid thing) and that comes from the manufacturer of the hard drive. So yeah I might need to send it off but that isn't happening any time soon since I don't have that much to spare right now.
A bit of good news... all my video game assets (at least all the assets I imported into each project) are backed up on to my computer so I am in a much better mood than I was last night when I thought I lost everything. However I still don't have access to any of my artwork, which was the bulk of the hard drive. So this break which started off voluntary just became involuntary until further notice.
Lesson from this... BACK UP YOUR WORK EVERYWHERE!
So to give more insight into the issue with the hard drive. It is a 1TB Seagate External Hard drive. It gets power. It has a small light that is currently blinking, however it should be solid. The computer knows its plugged in but gives a code 43 when I look in Device Manager > Universal Serial Bus Controller. When I try to reconnect it my computer lags and eventually windows spits out an error "the parameters are incorrect" and it stops showing the hard drive's icon. I've changed computers, changed cords, checked my other hard drive (which works), I've uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers, uninstalled my USBs and rebooted my computer (which reinstalled the USBs). I've tried running "CHKDSK" in command prompt, it says "cannot open volume for direct access". If there is a 3rd software blocking the "CHKDSK" solution I am not sure what program I should turn off to test it again. I've tried data recovery software (which I don't know why that solution keeps coming up since my computer can't even recognize the hard drive is plugged in). I am currently trying another data recovery software by the makers of cCleaner. Honestly I don't know what to do anymore. If you know of anything that could help me out I'd appreciate it.