External drive, problem with partition.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ggulliver, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. ggulliver macrumors member

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    A partition on a WD MyBook seems to have corrupted - won't reliably mount, and can't be repaired by Disk Utility (which reports something like 'you can read the info on it but not save').

    The other 2 partitions seem fine.

    I'm wondering if I should be concerned that the whole drive will prematurely fail, and also whether the cause might have been a power-cut whilst the machine was on.
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    "A partition on a WD MyBook seems to have corrupted - won't reliably mount, and can't be repaired by Disk Utility (which reports something like 'you can read the info on it but not save').
    The other 2 partitions seem fine."

    My advice would be to get the data off of the unreliable partition IMMEDIATELY -- copy whatever you can to a DIFFERENT drive.

    I've had individual partitions go bad on me, and the only solution to recover the data was to re-initalize the entire drive, and then "get at it" with data recovery software.

    It could be a software problem (with the drive's directory), or...
    It could be a hardware problem (bad sectors, etc.).
     
  3. ggulliver thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks.

    I'd already reformatted the partition - which now seems to be working again.
     

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