I am having trouble getting data off my external USB hard drive. The drive is a Buffalo MiniStation 3.0. My computer is a Samsung laptop running Windowns 7 Pro.
Two days ago, the external drive was working fine. I then tried to copy photos from my Android cell phone [plugged into one USB port] to the external hard drive [plugged into the other USB port]. At some point it said that it was going to take 15 hours to copy the files. Thinking something was wrong, I decided to cancel the process. I couldn't stop the transfer. I also couldn't eject the hard drive nor could I shut down the computer. I had to power off the computer by holding down the power button.
When I restarted and re-inserted the external drive, it was extremely slow to access the drive and copying files from the external drive to the laptop was excruciatingly slow. I figured the drive was starting to fail, so I started copying files over in batches. I accidentally told the computer to copy a huge folder of video files from the external drive to the computer but when I realized how long it would take, I tried to cancel the transfer. Again, I couldn't cancel or shut down the computer, so I powered off with the power button again. When I next inserted the external drive, it took forever to recognize the drive, and, in Windows Explorer the external drive just says F: Local Disk rather than listing the model number like it used to. When I click on the drive I have to wait a very long time until it finally gives me an error that says "F: is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect." I have tried to insert the USB drive over 10 times in different computers [and using different cables], but I get the same error every time.
I don't care about saving the drive, if that is even possible, but I really want to get copies of the files on that drive. I am very reluctant to take the drive to a technician because I'm concerned about privacy and confidentiality issues. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.