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Windows 7: DROPPED my Western Digital External drive!!

24 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 Edition w/ Service Pack 1
DROPPED my Western Digital External drive!!

Hi SevenForums Community,

I just accidentally hit the power cord running from my external 1TB Western Digital MyBook Essentials with my foot and the drive crashed over 2 feet to the ground!

Nothing is cracked.. And the drive still has all the files on it and it playing music and movies just fine... but I think i should check it and stuff. The only thing that happened the connectors on the back are off alignment now with the plastic casing so i have to slide over to insert cables. This drive has everything of mine that i own on it and I'm worried about it.

Is there any software i should use to check this drive for errors?

Thanks so much..!

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24 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Checking disk

I would just open a command shell and run a chkdsk <drive letter>: on the drive, and let that report any possible errors.
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24 May 2012   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

chkdsk /r from a command prompt will check and repair errors in the file system, if possible.

You should also go to WD website and download their drive utility for your particular model and give your drive a thorough test.

And you should make a backup of what you now have----I assume that isn't your policy. You might want to rethink the reasons you don't do it.
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24 May 2012   #4

Win 7, 32bit, Premium

Great advice by ignat ! Use the forum search tool and you will see many have problems with WD and other external drives. Backup now while you can.
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24 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Edition w/ Service Pack 1

Thanks for the advice
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25 May 2012   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

i agree with the above advice, i wouldnt really trust it with my data now as it may work ok at present but in a week something may decide to pack in,
it may be annoying to have to replace it but i think would be far more annoying losing your media etc.
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25 May 2012   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


First run checkdisk over the disk.

Let's say that the disk has the drive letter P, then the command would be

You want to run that from an elevated command prompt, in other words,
WIN | type CMD | do NOT hit Enter | CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER key combo | ALT + y key combo
WIN=key with microsoft logo on top

After that, you want to run the manufacturer's diagnostic over the disk.

SeaTools | Seagate
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25 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Edition w/ Service Pack 1

ok thanks for all the help... running checkdisk now its takes ages ^___-
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25 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jwthe3 View Post
ok thanks for all the help... running checkdisk now its takes ages ^___-
Don't know what you mean by "ages". Is that like 20 minutes or something? Is it taking long because it's finding a lot of errors?
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25 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 Edition w/ Service Pack 1

Checkdisk has been on verifying file data for hours, It's almost done though... Hours is ages to me, I'm used to things going fast with my pc..
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