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Well recently I have had some problems with my external WD hdd like yesterday something happened which made me reformat it losing my data luckily I didn't have too much on it. It worked all day today till about 10 p.m. I have had it on for a few hours transferring stuff back and forth while having a program changing stuff on it. Well basically now I can turn it on and the green light goes on but when I plug it into my computer through usb like usual it doesn't get detected and it doesn't flash red which it normally does when I first plug it in. Another thing is that I cannot turn it off without unplugging the wire. I can press the button to turn it on but not off which is strange. Is it dead? I have searched about google but haven't come up with an exact answer.

My computer sometimes detects a disk drive then attempts to get drivers for it but it always fails...It was working fine the rest of the day.

I have also tried to get it detected on other computers but its the same results.


edit: update I left it on while plugged in and ran hardware device update it failed but started to turn red which means it was reading something so I waited like 5 minute but it was stuck on red and wouldn't let me safely eject so I turned it off surprisingly enough it let me with it's switch. I then turned it back on and it said it wasn't initialized so then I clicked safely eject and turned it off and on now it shows up fine with a driver update I think. This hdd is from 2006 so I am lucky it has even survived this long. Do any of you think it might die soon because of all these problems with it lately?
Edited by x Eclipse x - 2/22/11 at 1:56am
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My 2 cents: either the HDD or the USB bridge is broken. To see which one is which just connect the HDD directly to a port on the motherboard and see how it goes. If it works well, than the culprit is with the bridge, if not then the HDD is gone. While plugged in the mobo you could use a tool like Speedfan to check out the SMART status - it'll give you a good idea if the HDD is well or near death.
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My 2 cents: either the HDD or the USB bridge is broken. To see which one is which just connect the HDD directly to a port on the motherboard and see how it goes. If it works well, than the culprit is with the bridge, if not then the HDD is gone. While plugged in the mobo you could use a tool like Speedfan to check out the SMART status - it'll give you a good idea if the HDD is well or near death.
I got it working after a lot of plugging/unplugging it's detected again I go to computer management and it says it is healthy. How on earth can it say that with it failing so much?

update: I wiped it clean again as apparently everything on it went corrupt so I am adding stuff on it again. Hopefully it just calms down and stops acting up so I can work with it.
Edited by x Eclipse x - 2/22/11 at 6:21pm
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