Faulty HDD

  • robthehermit 21 Jan 2013 14:07:33 6,537 posts
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    I have a USB 500gb SATA HDD that has decided to die recently. When I plug it into my laptop it whirrs for a bit, Windows recognises that it has been plugged in, then it clicks and stops. It shows up under device manager, but not explorer. Disk management reports it as not initialized, and refuses to interact with it saying the operation failed due to an I/O error. It also seems to think it's a 2tb drive for some reason. Is it completely shagged or is there anything I can do to get any of the files off of it?
  • Deleted user 21 January 2013 15:00:00
    Something like that happened to someone else recently. Can't think what thread. Try a search. Someone resolved it anyway.
  • robthehermit 21 Jan 2013 16:16:36 6,537 posts
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    Cheers, I did do a search, but couldn't find anything. I'll try looking again tonight.
  • nickthegun 21 Jan 2013 16:17:00 73,575 posts
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    put it in the fridge
  • robthehermit 21 Jan 2013 16:30:26 6,537 posts
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    Freezing it was going to be my last resort option. There's only about a dozen files I actually need on there, so getting it working for about 5 minutes would be plenty. Lesson learned though, Skydrive and Dropbox for critical files from now on.
  • DaM 21 Jan 2013 18:04:01 17,087 posts
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    Tried a Linux distro on a USB flash drive, just to see it has more luck at reading it?
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