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Windows 7: EHD disappears reappears-years-on-end issue

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11 May 2011   #1

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EHD disappears reappears-years-on-end issue

I have a Western Digital (WD Elements 1.5TB USB 2.0-compliant) external hard drive.

It usually gets connected through a Kensington docking station ("Universal Docking Station with Ethernet sd120,") but has, at times, directly been connected via USB port on PC or laptop.

Simply put: It'll appear (device connect sound,) (WD logo icon in Computer,) then simply vanish.

It'll reappear in 4+ seconds, occasionally stating "The drive..." " must format it before you can use it. Would you like to format it now?"

I can't run chkdsk /f /r, even if copying/pasting to it (to get the "Schedule Disk Check"*** message to run on restart,) as when I say "yes," it simply does not happen.

When said drive is NOT in use, I right-click, go to Properties in Context Menu, etc.,
and check-off (sectors/file system errors,) i.e. /f /r commands, the bar will fill and start over, fill and start over. Via CMD elevated, it will NOT be cyclical. It will stop indefinitely on file # 14XXX. It's unimportant.

The only true message I can get for this is through, of all things, the Dell Support Center. Running a hardware scan brings back the error that the "Targeted Read Test" failed. Western Digital Lifeguard Disagnostics, SeaGate SeaTools for Windows and other like Dx utilities haven't helped.

If anyone out there can help, you'd be solving an "up to my ears for years" issue, as I've had many external hard drives, all of which I dump once this happens. This one, though, was a bit expensive.

Thanks again, all!

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