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External Hard Drive Problems

by Jshand72 / January 1, 2009 11:49 AM PST


I think my external hard drive is breaking down. At this point my computer recognizes it and I am (the majority of the time) able to view all the files on it - there are 216 gigs worth.

When I try to transfer the files, sometimes it works - but I'm attempting to move ALL of them from this dying drive to my computers internal drive, then to my new external.

I can sometimes get some files transferred over to my computer but most of the time I get error messages (sometimes midway through transfer) saying there is an I/O error and now I'm getting a new message that says the drive is not formatted, asking me if I want to format it now.

What's the best way for me to get my data off this drive, which I think is on its last legs and probably getting worse?


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Might do better by removing the drive from the external
by VAPCMD / January 1, 2009 2:03 PM PST

case and connecting it as an internal HDD.


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by Jshand72 / January 1, 2009 11:57 PM PST

I was reading that online - trying to connect it internally. Unfortunately I don't have any idea how to do that. Are there any decent tutorials online? I don't want to make my problem any worse. I'm not sure how i can connect my external internally and be able to transfer anything b/c I'm guessing I'd have to disconnect my internal hard drive to do this.

thank you

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