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Old 05-22-2006, 07:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Extenal Hard Drive Got Sick!

Hi all, I'm new here.

I have an 160GB extenal hard drive which has been used for about a year! It's not from Maxtor or any branches, it's from a hard drive and a case.

It has been working well till yesterday when it disconnected by itself. From that time, everytime I do something heavy on it like scanning my music library by Winamp, play a game which is saved on this hard drive or anything can make it works heavily, it will disconnected from my laptop.

If I just copy files (small files, not 1GB or 2 GB files), do something lightly on it, it works fine!

Any ideas? Don't tell me to check it by scandisk or something, because it will disconnect if I scan.

I think the problem could be the case. Do u think if I buy a new case for it, would it be solved? Or could it be the hard drive problem?

Thank you guys!

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Old 05-22-2006, 11:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My external drive does it sometimes. Just an external case I put my HDD in.

It's not the case causing problems...can't cause any problems really apart from poor heat dissipation causing the drive to overheat.

If you don't hear any mechanical failures, then hopefully there's no physical damage. Probably not anyways, so nothing to worry about.

Also, what filesystem has the external drive been formatted to? FAT16, FAT32, NTFS?

I would also advise checking the disk. Command prompt type chkdsk x: /r where x: is the external drive.


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Bad cables maybe?

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Old 05-22-2006, 06:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I changed another cable but the problem is still there! T_T

I can't check the disk cuz it doesn't allow me to do something heavy on it, even scanning! T_T

My hard drive is formatted to NTFS!

Thanks 4 your helps!

What else should I do now?
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