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external hdd, half-dead/half-alive

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#1 berghaus


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Posted 29 March 2009 - 05:44 PM

hello everyone.

i had an EIDE 500GB hdd (NTFS) in an external usb 2.0 enclosure and after years of use, it stopped working in 1 day (it was dropped to the floor some days before that, but i still could use it some days):

in the beginning it just said "oh noes, transfer failed" (after transfering a big file for 5 minutes).

when i tried again and again, it began to say sth. like "problems with $MFT, can't access $MFT" (masterfiletable) and later it was only recognized as a piece of USB-hardware that couldn't be used.

I then tried to install it into a pc that also used an IDE hdd, by taking that one out and inserting the broken one, trying to install windowsXP, but it got stuck after the blue PRESS ENTER TO INSTALL WINXP screen when it said "testing starting environment" (allthough it DID realize that it is a 500GB hdd).

also i tried to install it into another one as second hdd, didn't work.

when i insert it into a pc as the only hdd (like in the first example) but start the pc from a LIVE CD of a linux distribution, it DOES recognize the hdd, i can even watch films from it, which i then happily did, lol.

At this point, even if you don't know a solution i thank you for taking the time to read through my problem.


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 29 March 2009 - 07:51 PM

I would say that...everything you mentioned indicates hard drive problems.

I would run a manufacturer's diagnostic on it, not being overly optimistic with my expectations.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/


Edit: Before I did that, I would move any files which I wanted saved...to another partition, drive, etc.

#3 Widdybear77


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Posted 24 June 2009 - 11:28 AM

Definitely get either CD burner and burn to CD or get a flash drive beforew you pull it from PC where it works .
Check if you might have the HD set on Slave. Try setting jumper to Cable Select or Master if its your first drive.
Hope this helps..... :thumbsup:

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