Need help with bad external USB drive


#1

I’ve got an external WD passport (I think that’s the version) HD that I use to copy quite a bit of “stuff” off of my old laptop. For some reason, when I plug it in this morning, the light on the drive flashes in a regular fashion (three flashes, pause, three flashes, pause, etc. - maybe that means SOS?) and does not stop. When I try to access the drive I get a message saying error, the disk structure is corrupted and unreadable. When I right click, Properties/Tools and then try checking for errors, I get a message that Windows can’t access the drive.

Is there any hope at all at getting some of the files on this drive?


#2

Take it out of the UDB case and plug it into a dedicated sata port on the main board, see if you get a better result. That’s the first thing I always do on a external USB failure.


#3

Before I tried that I tried chdsk /r from the command prompt. I had little hope since the light on the drive was flashing non stop and Windows was saying the drive was not accessible and trying to do a repair from the Properties menu was rebuffed.

However, miracle of miracle, a chkdsk /r from the command prompt worked! Now to make sure I back up the files on this backup drive! I really wish I had an upload speed faster than 5 Mbps so I could do practical file backup to a cloud solution (at 5 Mbps it takes 2 days to upload just 100G of data. :( )


#4

Dude, it would take me two weeks to backup 100Gb of data to the cloud! :)


#5

Yeah, I need something better than external USB drives.