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Hard disk not working..HELP!!!

by Isha04 / August 31, 2013 8:49 PM PDT

I have an HP simple save 500GB hard disk that has suddenly stopped being read. I can hear the motor, so it's not a power problem, I think. All of my stuff is in there and I really need it! On trying to open it, it says parameter is incorrect. So I ran a chkdsk via CMD, but that got stuck at 73% on step 2 twice, and now it is asking me to format disk. I cannot do that!I do not have back up!!
Please help!
Thank you!

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Your question about an external hard disk has been asked
by VAPCMD / September 1, 2013 2:28 AM PDT

and answered many times in the Storage Forum.

Please take a moment to read what has already been covered ad nauseam in the Storage Forum.

If after reading the many posts you still have questions ....then ask the followup question(s).

Re no backup or other copy of the needed data....why ??


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by Isha04 / September 1, 2013 2:51 AM PDT

I do have backup of very important stuff, just not movies and music. Not a big problem, just a big pain.
Will look through forum.

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Did you try the usual?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2013 2:34 AM PDT

And do not assume it's not a power problem. I have lost count of drives that spin up fine but work in a new case which the client didn't try because they knew it was not a power problem. A few drives are returned to clients that know it's not power and won't allow us to change cases. We'll send them on to

I can't find which exact model but USB powered drives do this all the time. We try it in a powered drive and keep in mind that you have all the software titles at the top of this forum for recovery if it's just a blown format.

No backup is always your choice.

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by Isha04 / September 1, 2013 2:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Did you try the usual?

I do have backup of extremely important stuff, but I also have a tonne of movies and music in there, not all of which are backed up. I would not like to lose them, that's all.
I will look through the other threads.

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I hope you've learned the need for backups for the future
by wpgwpg / September 1, 2013 2:55 AM PDT

Good luck with your efforts.
When you've gotten your system back like you want it, I urge you to get yourself an external hard drive and a good 3rd party backup program. You can set it up to do everything automagically at the time and frequency of your choice. 1 TB external hard drives are about $70 these days and a really good FREE backup program is the Easeus Todo Backup Free which you can download from . That can save you a lot of time and frustration the next time something like this happens. Sooner or later it happens to all computers for one reason or another.

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by Isha04 / September 1, 2013 2:59 AM PDT

I was in the process of backing up my data on cloud when this **** happened. I didn't need to learn a lesson, I already knew! But I have the worst luck!
Hope I can get it work somehow...Doesn't seem like it though. Sad

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