External hard drive problem: failure?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by waynechriss, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. waynechriss macrumors regular

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    Ugh, i've had my Simple tech external hard drive for over a year but it just chose to not work anymore. I plugged it in and first i tried to put a movie on there but i got some error code 36. i also could not play any files on the drive. So i restarted my computer and now nothing shows up on the external drive. It says there is 150 out of 250GB of free space left but its clearly blank. Also when i try to eject it HAS to do a force eject because it says its opened with a program, which its not.

    Did my hard drive fail or is there a way to fix this i have a lot of stuff on there ;______;
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Try using Disk Utility's First Aid to repair the drive.

    Open Disk Utility, then select the external drive's volume you are having trouble with. In the "First Aid" tab, click "Repair Disk".

    If the drive is successfully repaired, you can continue to use it - but check it every so often. If it continues to require repair, you probably will need to replace it.
     
  3. Wie Gehts macrumors 6502

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    assuming your drive has not physically broken, i suggest getting diskwarrior. it'll find and fix all kinds of problems that disk utility can't or even hasn't got a clue about finding.
    i had a disk that i thought was going bad...getting errors, device removals, not mounting...and DW fixed it
    but, like i say, if the hd has a mechanical problem and is failing nothings gonna help except fixing it with a hammer..
     
  4. waynechriss thread starter macrumors regular

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    Its definitely not physically broken but Disk Utility isn't working so i guess my route is either Disk Warrior or a new drive. Now i will learn to do offsite backups xp
     
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    I agree with the other poster - Disk Warrior is the next step. It's fixed problems for me, too, when Disk Utility has failed.
     
  6. milton.sheaf macrumors regular

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    What interface are you using, firewire or usb? Hopefully not usb.
     
  7. waynechriss thread starter macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately i guess USB is my only option, i have no firewire cable for this thing, why is that a problem for it?
     
  8. milton.sheaf macrumors regular

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    Because USB is horribly slow, plus it adds a translation layer in between you and your hard drive. Things like SMART commands don't go through USB. Makes data recovery nearly impossible unless you are only attempting filesystem repair / recovery.
     

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