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External hard drive really slow - dying?


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#1 maronis

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 09:59 PM

I have a 2TB WD hard drive connected to my iMac via a USB 2.0 cable.  Yesterday, for the first time, I found the transfer rate was really slow - like a few kb/minute slow.  When I restart the computer, it takes maybe 15 minutes before the drive shows up in my Finder window.  When I try to run Disk Doctor, the screen is blank for several minutes before the drive finally shows up.  I've tried swapping the USB cable for one that I know works, but there's no change.  I'm guessing the drive is dying somehow.

 

Two questions:

 

Is there anything else I should try to fix the drive?

Is there any way I can recover the data on the drive?

 

Thanks so much!



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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 07 November 2015 - 04:58 PM

First of all - welcome to BC !

 

Let's worry about the data next !

 

Assuming you have more than one USB port on your iMac - you don't say which model it is, by the way - then you can plug another drive into a second port and use the file management function on your computer to copy the data across from one to the other. If the data transfer is as slow as you say it is this is something I might leave running overnight or possibly the week-end.

 

Once you have saved your data I suggest you start a topic in the Mac OS section of BC to ask for advice on how to repair your drive, if possible. I can't really help you on the tools available for OSx but the WD web-site should list tools suitable for your OS.

 

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#3 maronis

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 08:20 PM

Thanks for your response!  I bought a new 2TB drive and just started copying my data over - it's about 365GB andestimate is 26 days to complete the transfer, but I guess that's better than losing all my data.

 

It's an iMac 27", late 2011 so USB ports aren't a problem.

 

Thanks again!






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