I was backing up some 900 GB of files the other day from my WD portable drive, and half way though, one image file would not copy due to disk error. I ran Window's CHKDSK and it found the file and fixed it. I decided to continue the next day.
When I resumed, I saw that it became slower and slower to access my files, and when I could copy, it would take ages for a small file. Explorer would get stuck for a while every time I opened a folder. Now, it takes half an hour for the drive to appear in Windows Explorer, and I can see the folders. When I click on one, it will take some 15 minutes to open, and then I can't copy a file as it freezes.
The light on the drive flashes as normal and the drive appears in device manager and all, so it can't be completely dead.
I've tried lots of file recovery applications but they all freeze. CHKDSK and other attempts to access the drive freeze too.
I've read about some of the problems people have had with WD's which I've had before as well, so I'm familiar with them, but this time, the problem is unusual and I can't find anybody sharing a similar experience.
Would anybody have any idea what's happened?