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Windows 7: External HDD Failed?

12 Mar 2010   #1
TheAnonymity

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 
External HDD Failed?

I've been having some issues with 7 lately. My external HDD, that I hardly ever use (only for backup) is not working. It has (had?) over 100gb of important shit on it, and its just.. not working. Every time I plug it in, it spins up.. and windows says "You need to format the disk in F: before you can use it." It didn't say this before.. ever.. Is this Windows 7 being stupid, or did my external drive fail? It seems to spin up just fine.. no click of death or anything.

Edit: I tried seatools.. it passed the S.M.A.R.T. test, and it passed the DST Short Test.


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12 Mar 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Try the drive in another machine, that may tell us something.

Is it a true external hard drive, or is it an internal drive in a USB enclosure?
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12 Mar 2010   #3
TheAnonymity

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 

It's a "True External Hard Drive". I'll go test it in another machine right now.

Edit: Just tested it on a netbook which has windows 7 professional x86 installed. Same thing... this is the drive, huh...
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12 Mar 2010   #4
TheAnonymity

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 

ehh?
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12 Mar 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It sounds like the drive is bad, but see if you can pull anything off of it using DiskDigger.
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12 Mar 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

My guess would be that your MFT is corrupted. Try to pull your data off with Recuva and then reformat it. You can also try one of the Linux distros. They are not as touchy as windows.
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12 Mar 2010   #7
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Try the drive in another machine, that may tell us something.

Is it a true external hard drive, or is it an internal drive in a USB enclosure?
I am curious, what is the difference?

The enclosure could have gone bad and the drive could be fine.
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12 Mar 2010   #8
TheAnonymity

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 7600.16385
 
 

There's not enough room on my HDD to store any files that recuva may or may not recover.

Edit: Tried ubuntu, and it just says uh.. well I forgot, but something along the lines of "opening drive, click to cancel" and it hangs.
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12 Mar 2010   #9
drywallguy

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

The Great Carnack sees a new external drive in your future. (He assumes this is a laptop.) With a new and improved interface and much storage space on which to attempt to recover the sacred files.
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12 Mar 2010   #10
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Try the drive in another machine, that may tell us something.

Is it a true external hard drive, or is it an internal drive in a USB enclosure?
I am curious, what is the difference?

The enclosure could have gone bad and the drive could be fine.
This is a true external hard drive.


Here's an internal hard drive in an enclosure.

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