160GB Portable HD dropped, Now reads as 2TB

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  1. jdl8422 macrumors 6502

    jdl8422

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    Well I was walking to my car from school, I dropped the hard drive about 2-3ft. It had a little scuff on it, I didnt think anything of it, When I get home to plug it in, it doesnt show up on my desktop. I opened the disk utility and it shows 2TB drive. Whenever I try to erase or partition it gives me an input/output error. Is this drive gone for good?

    Also, the drive lights up and I can hear the disk spin.
     

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  2. mankar4 macrumors 6502a

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    sell it as a 2tb drive. :D

    you might be able to get it fixed, but I doubt theres anything you can do.
     
  3. ~J~ macrumors 6502

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    Thats the cheapest and easiest HD upgrade I've ever heard of! Wish I would have known about that before I bought a 250GB internal for my MBP... shouldda just dropped it!

    I would say that your are kinda outta luck on this one tho... sounds like a head crash to me, in which case, I hope you had everything on there backed up...
     
  4. jdl8422 thread starter macrumors 6502

    jdl8422

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    I'm not so worried about the data, but the drive is only a month old, I guess its a $100 down the drain.
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Sounds like it because you dropped it. Also, this is kinda in the wrong forum. I thought you were saying the 160gb drive was for sale but it was a 2tb drive. I was about to buy! You tease!
     
  6. mobydisk macrumors newbie

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    I'm sorry, but you cannot repair a hard drive that took that kind of a fall. It's gone. I've been there before, so you can have my virtual shoulder to cry on. :'(
     
  7. kkat69 macrumors 68020

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    For a price you might be able to get an image of the drive created by a data backup specialist. Will probably require you to send off the drive. Maybe even the manufacturer can help. Ask around.

    Pretty sure, 99.9999999999999999999999% sure the drive is toast and non-functional. But that doesn't mean a company with the proper tools can't get the data off it. It could be possible.

    Sorry for your loss.


    Personally I like the ebay idea :D
     
  8. Zephgx macrumors member

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    Best and cheapest way to get your HD upgraded. ;)

    Maybe the data can be recovered, Although my guess the head broke and the drive keeps spining. I dropped a 160gb HD (drop was maybe 2 feet) for an upgrade for a laptop and still works, but sadly doesnt see it as 2tb like yours :( :p

    Selling it isnt really a bad option (IMO) :D
     
  9. cohibadad macrumors 6502a

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    Hard drive is toast. But I'm more interested in why you have 2 time machines.
     
  10. iMouse macrumors regular

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    I had a 1 EB drive for about 30 seconds

    I attempted to mount a 80 GB Buslink FireWire/USB2 external drive with a backup I grabbed off a failing hard drive. When I plugged it into my iMac (one without the failing drive), Disk Utility registered it as being 1 EB in size!

    I didn't think about it at the time, but I should have screenshotted it or taken a Snapz movie. :D

    After umounting the drive and remounting it, it went back to showing 80GB :-(
     
  11. jdl8422 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I had a 250 ext. HD for time machine and it was running low so I bought a 1TB ext. HD and I was in the middle of cloning it.
     

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