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Windows 7: Seagate External Hard Drive Hangs, Attempting data recovery

14 Dec 2019   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
Seagate External Hard Drive Hangs, Attempting data recovery

Hello all,

So about a month ago (and without warning) my 1TB Seagate External HDD (I believe it's a Seagate ST1000LM) began to freeze and hang when trying to open files on it. My PC still recognizes the drive and I can view the files, but any time I try to open them or copy them onto a different drive, it freezes and hangs. The files on it aren't too significant (movies and games), but I would like to recover as much of them as I can.

I've tried using diskcheck, but it freezes whenever I try to run it on the drive. I've tried recovery software like EaseUs and Acronis True Image to try to back up the drive, but they too have frozen while trying to recover data. I've also tried adjusting the Power settings so the drive won't turn off, but that did nothing.

I just want to see if there is any way I can get these files off of this drive.

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14 Dec 2019   #2

win 8 32 bit

Welcome to the forum. It sounds like the disk is on its way out goto makers site they normally have software to test the drive specific for their drives. You could try check disk from safe mode if there are faults it can take a long time as it retry s 100s of times if it finds bad blocks
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14 Dec 2019   #3

Windows 7 HP 64

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14 Dec 2019   #4

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali

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4 Weeks Ago   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

If you haven't run SeaTools yet, try the external HDD on another working PC. If you can access the data back it up.
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