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Old 04-09-2009, 05:43 PM   #1
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External hard drive is dying?

I don't really have much knowledge about hardware, but i think my external hard drive is dying.

So i have a WD Mybook essential edition which is 3 years old now. Today Windows showed the drive, but it said Local disk(while the label is My Book and that is how it always showed up in Windows), and when i try to open it it says that the disk is damaged.

Then i plugged it in on OSX and luckily i was still able to read the contents of the drive, so i thought that at first it was a Windows issue, which is most of the time the case But, on OSX i also couldn't read some of the data, some folders showed up as empty, so i copied as much as i could to my internal mac drive, and all my personal data and U2 albums and dvd's are safe

So i guess the drive is dying? On mac it doesn't read half of the data and on Windows i cant even access the drive at all. Is there any way to check the drive, like checkdisk with windows, on OSX? I am not really familiar with OSX yet.

And i think i heard a few times that they put failing hard drives in the freezer, does this work? And in what would i have to wrap it in?
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I've had a couple of WD externals die. I never got piece-meal errors though, they just died (1-3 years old).

I use Macs, but there are always more knowledgeable folks here.

Anyway, under Applications on OSX, go to Utilities. There you'll find Disk Utility, which has a First Aid function.

I don't know how well it works, but it's a start.


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Well, for some reason today the drive works fine. Windows still doesn't reconize it, but i can read all data on OSX.
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Well, for some reason today the drive works fine. Windows still doesn't reconize it, but i can read all data on OSX.
Back it up immediately. This is how one of my WD's died--would show up, wouldn't show up, etc, then nothing, not even a spin-up.

Back-up HDs are like tissues for me now. You can't have enough of them around, and they're cheap enough that you might as well have one in each room (so to speak).

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Old 04-11-2009, 12:01 PM   #5
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Yeah it seems like it is dying slowly, now it sometimes doesn't show up on OSX anymore, and sometimes i can't read all data. Backed up everything though.
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I have the exact same one that Jack Bauer has, it's over a year old now I think. Now you have me worried. Once in a while I've noticed that it doesn't show up and I have to unplug it and start it up again. I have some stuff backed up on CD's but not everything. Any suggestions for the best thing to back up on that also holds the most? Thanks
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I have the exact same one that Jack Bauer has, it's over a year old now I think. Now you have me worried. Once in a while I've noticed that it doesn't show up and I have to unplug it and start it up again. I have some stuff backed up on CD's but not everything. Any suggestions for the best thing to back up on that also holds the most? Thanks
The drive not showing up isn't necessarily a sign of doom. The WDs seem quirky about when they are noticed by the OS. If it ever appears that the data doesn't show up (not just the drive) or if the drive spins but makes a repeated clicking sound and won't show up, then that might predict a problem.

Regardless, I think it's wise to have back-ups to back-ups. I burn data to DVDs, but honestly, I think it's fastest (and quite possibly cheaper) to use an additional external HD. They are SO cheap now.

If your external HD, is just backing up what is on your computer's HD, then I wouldn't worry as much. But, if you have original material on an external, it definitely makes sense to back it somewhere else. It's just a good habit to have data in at least to separate locations.

There is online storage, too. I can't think of their names offhand, but it's another option.


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Thank you so much! Yes so far it has only been that the entire device sometimes won't show up, not the items on it. (Also when it happens I've noticed that the thing is silent too like it never started up) I will definitely start backing up to more DVD's or another external HD though. Good to know, I didn't realize these have such short life spans.

Thanks again Mark!
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Good to know, I didn't realize these have such short life spans.
No problem.

I have quite a few externals. A couple are 5-6 years old, and one or two haven't lasted more than a year.


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Old 04-17-2009, 03:36 PM   #10
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Still the same, although it shows up in OSX, some files still wont show up sometimes, and sometimes they will. I guess it still is slowly dying.

Do you know if Lacie drives are any good?
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i think lacie drives are good. i've got two of them, one of which i've had for a few years now. the hard drive is so fucking small compared to everything else these days but it still works.
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i think lacie drives are good. i've got two of them, one of which i've had for a few years now. the hard drive is so fucking small compared to everything else these days but it still works.
I think Lacie are good, too. I have a couple, probably my most dependable (there, now I've gooched it).

WDs are good for the price even with their issues.

Maxtor and cheap Seagates (Maxtors) are the only externals that I've been told to avoid.


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Iomega is fine too. I have one and a friend has one too. No problems so far.
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I have a Western Digital 250 GB drive that seems like its taking a lil longer to turn on... i'm gettin worried here.

I was at Office Max today just looking around. Saw they have some good buys on externals. $80 for a small 160 GB mini drive thing.

thinking about buying something in a week or so.

Should i go with:
Seagate 320GB FreeAgent for $149
Western Digital Passport 500GB Hard Drive for $149
SimpleTech Signature Mini 160GB or 250GB Portable Hard Drive from $70-$110
Lacie 500GB Little Disk $130
Lacie 250GB Little Disk $90

decisions, decisions

I need something that will last and that's easy to travel with too as I'm moving in 6 months.

I want to get everything off my old WD Drive and format/defrag it. Will that make it last longer? Any tips would be helpful. Thanks.
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I have a Western Digital 250 GB drive that seems like its taking a lil longer to turn on... i'm gettin worried here.

I was at Office Max today just looking around. Saw they have some good buys on externals. $80 for a small 160 GB mini drive thing.

thinking about buying something in a week or so.

Should i go with:
Seagate 320GB FreeAgent for $149
Western Digital Passport 500GB Hard Drive for $149
SimpleTech Signature Mini 160GB or 250GB Portable Hard Drive from $70-$110
Lacie 500GB Little Disk $130
Lacie 250GB Little Disk $90

decisions, decisions

I need something that will last and that's easy to travel with too as I'm moving in 6 months.

I want to get everything off my old WD Drive and format/defrag it. Will that make it last longer? Any tips would be helpful. Thanks.
So, I checked on Consumer Reports to see if they had recommendations; They don't, nothing since Oct. 2007.

I'd say check which of those you've listed has the longest warranty. Long warranties are fine, but I'm sure they don't cover lost data, just drive replacement.

The Lacie looks pretty good for the price.

I haven't checked CNET, but they often have good reviews.

I don't think defrag-ing is ever a bad thing, but that's beyond my expertise.


Mark----BTW, I was at Office Max yesterday and bought one of the SimpleTech portables, 320GB. The sale prices were cheaper than Costco's, so we'll see how it functions. I'm going to use it for traveling to back up a laptop.
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