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Hi guys!

I have an external HDD as a gift a year ago. It is a Hitachi 750GB Touro Mobile external HDD. Normally, i do not trust those "ready-made" drives like this and rather get a HDD and then a case. Much cheaper and so far, no problems.

The thing with this drive is that when copying or zipping files, it always hangs at some point in the operation. I can access the files though, play movies from it, but i just cannot cut, copy, compress or modify the files in anyway.

A CHKDSK revealed 8 bad sectors and when trying to repair these sectors, the process always hangs at phase 4. When using DTI surface scanner, or any HDD scanner for that matter, i get a SMART failure error and Data Error (Cyclic Redundancy Check) on it. I have not dropped the HDD in anyway. Its my archive HDD, barely used. Just a few days ago, plugged it in, i could put files in it, but when i wanted to copy and zip files out of it, this happened. I don't normally put all my eggs in one basket, but somehow, this time i did.

Can anyone point my into the right direction to my next course of action? If all else fails, will i still be able to clone my HDD with clonezilla as i cannot do much to the files anyway? I really need your help here guys. Thanks in advance.
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post #3 of 9
Sounds like a bad drive.

I'd try taking it out of the enclosure and putting it directly into your PC, then try to copy files from it, and write off the drive as a loss. In my experience, CRC has always meant a dead/dying drive.
    
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Its those "fancy" external HDDs where i think i have to pry open and most probably break the casing. Will cloning the hard drive work? Does cloning work in the same way as copying files regularly? I think that the data in my drive can be read, it just cannot be manipulated.

For example, when i try to copy, zip or cut a particular file, halfway through, the error comes out. But i can access the file for viewing. Same if its a video. I cannot do anything but watch the video file.
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Guys, help here please? Been a week since anyone could help me.

Like i said, i can access the files in my Touro Mobile HDD, but i cannot copy, paste, modify, zip, etc. about 40% of the content in the disk. Is there a program which is able to let me identify which sectors are bad and which file is it so that i can save and copy the remaining files?
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post #6 of 9
Try using free file sync to backup your files to another HDD. you can tell it to ignore errors and continue copying.

There are a few better programs to backup your data off the drive but i cant think of any off the top of my head.

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post #7 of 9
try CBD(Copy Bad Disk)
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Drive failing. Pull data and replace it. Unstoppable Copier is my favorite tool for this.
 
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    Just so you guys know, on this thread, the OP was last heard from back on March 27.

    I will add this: If the filesystem has gotten a little damaged by the HDD, a copying program (even if "unstoppable") will not be able to recover as many files as could be recovered if the drive was imaged, and then recovered with a dedicated file recovering program like Recuva.  For instance, if an INDEX_ALLOCATION file gets corrupted in a certain way, all the files/subfolders in that folder will be invisible or inaccessible to a file copying program.  You would need a program that would scan the MFT (like chkdsk or Recuva) in order to recover those files.
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