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Unable to read WD Elements 1TB Hard Disk

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#1 problematic123


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Posted 17 October 2016 - 10:03 AM

Hi Guys,
My Wd elements 1tb hard disk is unreadable by my computer.It is not showed in my file explorer 
I ran WD LifeGuard Diagnostics for Windows. This time, this app detected my hard disk.
Under SMART status column, it shows that it Passed
i then run on the following tests:
Quick Test:
The scan stops after 8s, after that an error pops up : "Read SMART Attribute command error  on drive 3"(pic 1)
Extended Test:
The scan stops around 9mins, error pops up:"too many bad sectors detected"(pic 2)
Should i continue to the other tests?(I got no time today so i just ran the basic tests)
I then started looking up on Disk Management, and it took ages to load up.
Once i remove my wd hard disk, it then pops up my internal hard disk.
I got nothing important inside this wd hard disk, so i am okay if i need to wipe everything inside.
Please guide on what i should do next.


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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 17 October 2016 - 10:16 AM

Personally, I would trash the drive. Too many bad sectors. You can try using it for a temporary backup solution by zero wiping the disk then formatting but I certainly would not save anything important to the drive.


Edit: If you do decide to trash the drive be sure to remove the rare earth magnets. Those can come in handy.

Edited by JohnC_21, 17 October 2016 - 12:38 PM.

#3 problematic123

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 06:05 AM

Okay, I just noticed that I still have warrenty, becos I got this hard disk as a free gift from a bank, the warranty status is 'out of sub region' but I will still try. THANKS :)

Edited by problematic123, 20 October 2016 - 06:08 AM.

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