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Force formatting a corrupt WD external hdd which causes file explorer to freeze?

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#16 mightywiz


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 12:25 PM

no it's not for the average person,  my equipment i have is independent from windows and uses specific ata commands for mounting procedures.  then it does a diagnostics on the hard drive.  if it fails the firmware portion of the diagnostics it will download and install the correct firmware (if available) or a repair solution to make the drive operable again, not 100% guaranty it will work.


my suggestion is to just replace the drive.  for me to connect your drive and do a successful repair is gonna cost you $100.  because most my passport drives have a propitiatory usb connector and then i have to add a SATA connector soldered onto the board to make the recovery process do-able. and still no guaranty it will work.


now if you pop the drive apart and it has a SATA connector already then i can just plug into it and check it at no charge. to see if it's repairable.

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