Sorry for making another thread about an external hard drive that's stopped working, but I've looked through the other threads and some of the problems they have experienced are similar, but are not the same to mine.
I have a Hitachi 5K500 B-250 250GB external USB hard drive. It's worked fine for a couple of months, but now it appears to have given up the ghost!
Before, when I would plug it into the USB port, the autoplay option would come up, and it would settle itself as Drive J (Device named EHD) and would work perfectly. However, when I plugged it in yesterday, the autoplay menu did not come up. It appeared in my computer as 'Local Disk' in Drive E.
I cannot access the data on the disk whatsoever, and when I plug the EHD in it slows my computer down significantly which it didn't do before. If I try to go into the Local Disk's properties or go into disk management or anything like that my computer slows to a crawl and the window(s) become unresponsive. CHKDSK function doesn't seem to pick it up either.
I downloaded a data recovery tool which was able to pick up the drive and view the data stored within it, however it was very expensive software so i'm hoping to avoid that if I can.
Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this and offer any advice!