Dead External Hard Drive ? Help!


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jul 30, 2006
So I think this old external hard drive might be headed for the trash can but before I ditched it I thought I would play around with it some more. I dropped my computer a few months back and when I did that the 160gb hard drive (now the "external") wouldnt work properly so I replaced it with a 60gb that came with my computer and since then my computer has worked fine. But I wanted to see if I could get a few files off that 160gb before I chucked this hard drive. I was able to get the computer to actually recognize it and got this message:

Verify and Repair disk "disk1s2"
Checking HFS Plus volume.
Invalid B-tree node size
Volume check failed.

Error:The underlying task reported failed on exit.

Well what do you guys think? Any chance I can sacrifice the data on this drive? If so how would I go about it?




macrumors 6502
Jan 8, 2006
New Jersey
From the looks of the disk on the left side... the external doesn't seem to recognize itself as a partitioned drive i think... I've had something look like that before. I couldn't get any data out of it, but i partitioned it and erased it and the hard disk was back to normal.... but if you do that... you'd lose all ur data.