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Unable to use external HD


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#1 scubab

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:25 AM

Hello all,
I have an old external hard drive that I was hoping to format to put some media on for my fiancÚ but I've run into some issues. First off, the HD is old (internal sticker states March 2006) so it could be a physical issue but unfortunately I don't have the necessary screw drivers here in my barracks. The last time I used the HD was around a month ago when I moved all my data off of it to prevent loss. It has been in storage since then but now it is not showing up in My Computer. It occasionally will pop up in there but Windows Explorer will freeze if I right click on the drive. When I go to Disk Management nothing shows up but when I check device manager the device does show up. If it helps to know I am running Windows 7 but when my roommate plugged it into his Windows Vista laptop his Windows Explorer quit responding also. To add, both of our laptops slow down and intermittently lock up when the device is plugged in.
It's probably time to just buy a new one but it's very difficult to get off base due to time constraints and I will be seeing her this coming weekend prior to any chances of buying her a new external.
Thank you very much for your time!

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 01:36 PM

sounds like a bad hard drive. Perhaps running a hard drive diagnostic CD on it may tell you for sure but no garentees. If there are files you need off it, if you are familiar with using a ubuntu Live CD downloading one, and booting up off it may be able to get the files off it. as for replacing it, if your tech savy, and assuming its the hard drive and not the enclosure, you can take apart the enclosore, and remove the hard drive, and simply buy a normal hard drive to put back in saving the enclosure, as they use normal computer hard drives. What to look for is size, is it a 2.5 inch hard drive like from a laptop or 3.5 inch like a desktop drive, and whether its got a IDE interface or SATA.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 04:40 PM

The Ubuntu live cd is s great way to experience the linux OS as well! :thumbsup:

scubab just out of curiosity what brand is this hard drive? It might have WD for Western Digital, or Maxtor or Seagate stamped on it somewhere.

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