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External Hard Disk Help.
pisces  posted on Feb 19, 2011 6:15:20 PM - Report post

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So I have this WD 320GB of External Disk. The thing is whenever I try to transfer data into the disk, especially big ones, the transfer always gets paused in the middle for a few minutes then continue on finishing it. I don't get it because when I want to transfer data from the disk into somewhere else, the speed rate seems normal.

Could it be that my hard disk is failing? I ran a check disk but it got stuck somewhere for a good 4 hours. I had to cancel it. I changed the cable and the problem is still there. So, do i need to backup my data and format my disk? I didn't hear any weird sound inside the disk. All sounded well and silent.


AdmiralThrawn  posted on Feb 19, 2011 8:18:10 PM - Report post

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The slim Essentials models? Yeah, they're pretty cruddy. They tend to start lagging after about a year of use.
Devillord2009  posted on Feb 20, 2011 1:40:32 AM - Report post

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Did you try searching for bad sectors, maybe the disk is malfunctionig??
pisces  posted on Feb 20, 2011 1:47:29 AM - Report post

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Well I did a chkdsk and the process got stuck for 4 hours. I don't think a disk of that size could take too long to undergo a check disk process. When i play a video from that disk, all seems well. Nothing has been damaged and so do other videos.
tommy6860  posted on Feb 20, 2011 1:52:14 AM - Report post

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Run a chkdsk command line

Open the command prompt and type (no quotes) chkdsk, then after that runs, see if you have bad sectors or other errors. Read this Link for more commands or alternative means to run that command line.

CrazY_HorzE  posted on Feb 20, 2011 3:12:12 AM - Report post

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Or get hiren's boot cd. It has all kinds of usefull programs to test and manage your drives. You can get it here: Link
And read about on the same page or here: Link

Have helped me sort all kinds of troubles on own and friends computers.

Tha HorzE

DigitalIP  posted on Feb 20, 2011 6:57:04 AM - Report post

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Is it an eSATA drive or a USB external drive? The read and write speeds will vary greatly depending on which you have in addition to the capabilities of your Main drive and your system/motherboard in general.

If it just recently started doing that then it could be a failing drive, or something having to do with your system settings or even the cable your using.

Normal drives like that dont particularly cost too much nowa days so it may be a good idea to get a new drive at some point just incase.

[Edited by DigitalIP, 2/20/2011 6:57:35 AM]

Unbreakable  posted on Feb 24, 2011 9:32:42 AM - Report post

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That's bizzare that you're having problems. I myself use a WD Elements External Pulg 'n Play Harddrive (1tb) and have not encountered any problems with it. The only near problems I have had were from the system it was being used on. For example, I use Linux Ubuntu at home, and I haven't had a single problem moving files to/from, playing files, downloading directly to, even running my Rhythmbox and having all my files read directly from my eHDD. but when I was using Windows XP/7 with it plugged in, there were folders/files that were "Unacceptable" and would not be opened/read.

The best suggestions I can give are to check both the eHDD and your system for any errors. Make sure there are no files that could lead to an error, and to make sure that when your using the eHDD, refrain from keeping it on top of your computer...Hardware failures happen from dust buildup and over heating (i.e. our main floor computer [windows XP] is not able to be used because when in use, it shuts itself down..and now it says that every file is non-existant and so are all programs).

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