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WD 1 TB Passport SMART failure - Can it be saved?

by ahamilton00 / September 1, 2011 1:27 AM PDT

Yea, so the subject pretty much sums it up. This drive is three weeks old and it began giving me trouble on an editing project I was working on. After a while it completely clonked on me. I wanted to know if it would be possible to save the drive, as the only problem was allocated sectors. Don't really have the money to buy another one right now, so I wanted to see if I could save face.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2011 1:31 AM PDT

I find I can replace the drive inside the case for a lot less than the drive and case.

I think I've seen the drive for under 50 bucks now.

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by ahamilton00 / September 1, 2011 2:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Sure.

Thanks for the reply. I did want to know if I could save the drive I have already though. Is that possible? I figured I'd lose all the data but I just want to get the drive working.

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Three weeks old should be under warranty
by Steven Haninger / September 1, 2011 6:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Is that not an option? You can't save the drive after a hardware failure but there are data recovery methods. These methods, again, depend on the failure mode. But at 3 weeks of age, I'd be taking it back to where I got it or contacting the manufacturer.

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Drive repair is possible but costs more than the drive!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2011 6:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

You can find folk that do that at

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