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    Hard drive warning signs?

    Seems I'm having some pc issues lately!

    I've got a WD 500 gig external usb hard drive that's only a couple years old. On a couple of occasions in the last few days it has "frozen up" and disappeard from Explorer. Rebooting my pc doesn't help, only unplugging the drive itself and plugging it back in seems to reset it. But then it happens again.

    Do this mean this drive is about to fail or what?



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    Re: Hard drive warning signs?

    Its either your drive or your usb port on your motherboard. You can run a disk check on it to see how it performs with that.



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    Re: Hard drive warning signs?

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Seems I'm having some pc issues lately!

    I've got a WD 500 gig external usb hard drive that's only a couple years old. On a couple of occasions in the last few days it has "frozen up" and disappeard from Explorer. Rebooting my pc doesn't help, only unplugging the drive itself and plugging it back in seems to reset it. But then it happens again.

    Do this mean this drive is about to fail or what?
    Could be a usb issue too. Try a different port or cable?



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    Re: Hard drive warning signs?

    Hope you transfer your data fairly soon to a backup situation.


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    Re: Hard drive warning signs?

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Seems I'm having some pc issues lately!

    I've got a WD 500 gig external usb hard drive that's only a couple years old. On a couple of occasions in the last few days it has "frozen up" and disappeard from Explorer. Rebooting my pc doesn't help, only unplugging the drive itself and plugging it back in seems to reset it. But then it happens again.

    Do this mean this drive is about to fail or what?
    A lot of times if a hard drive is about to fail you'll hear a lot of clicking and/or whirring sounds. As someone else responded, it could simply be a usb or connection issue. Try connecting it to another computer (or another USB port on the same computer) and see how it reacts.

    There are a number of programs that will report on the health of your hard drive. I use this one, although I've never tried it on an external drive.

    If it is failing you obviously need to get your data off ASAP, in which case this might help if it is dying like, right now.



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    Re: Hard drive warning signs?

    Thanks for the suggestions. I do have the data backed up so I'm not worried about that. I just don't want to spend money on another hard drive when this one should last more than 2 years darn it!



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    Re: Hard drive warning signs?

    Hard drive warranties are sometimes a few years iirc, try plugging the serial number in here:
    http://websupport.wdc.com/warranty/s...rranty&lang=en



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    Re: Hard drive warning signs?

    On a soemwhat related note has anyone ever had luck with a product called Spinrite for recovering data after a hard drive crashes?



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    Re: Hard drive warning signs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trice View Post
    If it is failing you obviously need to get your data off ASAP, in which case this might help if it is dying like, right now.
    I've done this to get data off of a bad drive once and it worked - but that is something that you would do if the drive just can't spin up. When I did it, I put it in a ziplock bag to keep as much moisture off of it as possible.

    Another poster mentioned spinrite and that software does wonders. But be aware that if this is a USB drive, you might need to pop it out of the case and into a machine for the scan for the software to work properly.


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    Re: Hard drive warning signs?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyeah View Post
    On a soemwhat related note has anyone ever had luck with a product called Spinrite for recovering data after a hard drive crashes?
    I used Spinrite during the MS-DOS days and it was an amazing product then and I've heard nothing but good about it now as well. Try googling for Spinrite reviews. I'm sure they'll be way more informative than I can be.


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