Originally Posted by rock.hopper
Would it be quicker to repair the file system or to reformat the drive and re-backup my files? If repairing is the way to go how do I go about doing this?
IMO that depends on the size of the drive, the file system (journal?), the size and type of files (recoverable or not), if files all still reside on the main system and what read / writes the file system saw since being set read-only. Because as far as recovery goes if a drive is exhibiting anomalous behaviour what you don't
want to do is muck with it like delete entries. So please fill in the blanks and be as verbose as possible. Technical details preferred and if you happen to have 'testdisk' (photorec's companion app) then by running 'testdisk /debug /log' on the drive you get a log and the opportunity to explore the drive, determine which files have been deleted and possibly (partially) recover them to another physical medium