Posted 28 September 2012 - 07:42 PM
[NOTE: System info, etc is at end of post]
Some months ago, I began experiencing problems with a 1TB Seagate Barracuda HD, only 14 mos old then (w/ 5 yr warranty). It was in a quality, new ext enclosure (Acomdata), hooked to my laptop via USB. (It can run USB3.0, but the cable is backwards compatible to 2.0 – all the Sony Vaio has.)
Problems began with “Write Delayed Failed” errors, which I researched a lot, trying different things. Sometimes it would say “it lost connection, etc.” Back then, the problem was intermittent then and a reboot usually got it working again, so being busy w/ other things I didn’t dwell on it. Over time the Vaio wouldn’t even recognize the drive/ assign it a letter. I switched cables, enclosures, etc and nothing helped. Other drives worked fine in those enclosures & with those cables. With summer, I got busy with a remodel, gardens, and other things, and further diagnosis took a backseat.
Recently, I tried to see if my desktop would produce a different result, both via USB and via SATA from inside the system. For a brief time, and only after tons of hassle, did I manage to get a drive letter and retrieved a small amount of data. When I could no longer see it in MyComputer or Disk Management, I took the drive to a shop – a friend I’ve known for 30 years & a good tech. After 4-5 days of trying to create a disk image (he got it to assign a letter), image creation was unsuccessful!
I’ve since tried again here at home – numerous things and still nothing. I’m about to return it to Seagate, and knowing this is my LAST CHANCE to possibly save any of about 850GB of data, I’m wondering if there’s anything else I can possibly do. (I cannot afford prof data recovery services, and tho I have some good data recov software, with no drive letter you’re out of luck even with that.)
I didn’t try it in Safe Mode yet. Would that be an option/ worth the time? I’m a bit rusty these days, and not sure USB would even work in SM, so might need to reinstall internally, and for nothing. Even so, would running in Safe Mode produce any better result, all considered?? I’ve delayed returning the drive in hopes that something would come to mind whereby I might save even s-o-m-e of the data. Suggestions greatly appreciated.
PS. Those USB 3.0 cables are thicker/heavier and always seemed very “touchy,” in that they could easily lose connection from the slightest touch or movement (the cable, the laptop, etc), and sometimes did so just by themselves. (Never had this issue with thin/lighter 2.0 cables).
When the above happened, I’d hear the drive click & typically an alert msg was generated – so, I was extra careful with that. Someplace I read that this type of abrupt disconnection can cause drive errors and, at worst, damage the HD. Is this true? (It was usually set for “Quick Removal,” but did change settings more than once, meaning it was write caching some of the time.) Lastly, in recent testing I used the 2.0 and 3.0 cables with the same results. During the brief time I managed to obtain a drive letter (using my desktop sys), I ran SeaTools and it failed miserably. Do I “bite the bullet” and send it back? Yea or Nay?
SYS ONE: Sony laptop Model VGN-FS742; XP ProSPK3, w/ all current updates, all driver updates.
Intel Processor: x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8 Genuine Intel ~1729 Mhz; 80GB Internal HD. System is in great shape – not the issue.
SYS TWO:Dell XPS400 but little of it’s stock– 4GB RAM, upgd NVidia GPX, etc.
XP Pro spK3 + all updates, and driver updates.
WD 320 GB HD. Slave= 1TB Seagate Barracuda.
As with Sony Laptop, the system is 100% fine and not the issue.
ERRORS:Problems typically occurred while watching movies via WMP, but that’s what I mainly used the Sony for. Error could occur when using Outlook, or just having Explorer window open.
I no longer have text of “exact” “Write Delayed Failed “errors, but were something like: [Delayed Write Failed for file M$msft. It could result in data loss or corruption. Drive may have lost connection or it’s hardware failure. Save the file somewhere else, etc.] Of course, one could never find what file they were even talking about, let alone where you were supposed to save it!