having problems with external hard drive...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jayb33, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. jayb33 macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2014
    I have ~1tb of music and video files (primarily music) stored on a 2tb WD external hard drive. Recently, copying files to or from the hard drive has been exceptionally slow-- impossible to even do, essentially (7 hours to copy 25gb). My other hard drives are still working fine, so it seems to be a problem with that drive rather than the computer. I've tried multiple cords, turning everything off and booting back up with nothing open then plugging in just the hard drive. Nothing helps. At this point, I'm not sure what to do. I'd like to be able to just get the files off of it and onto another hard drive, but I'm not sure how to even do that since it won't copy at any reasonable speed. Any help, suggestions, ideas would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
  3. jayb33 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2014
    Thanks... I have a free drive to move the things onto, but right now I'm trying to copy a folder with 137gb and it says it will take 2 days. I'm worried about the computer and both drives running for 2 days to transfer 13% of the data. I guess there really isn't another option, but I'm certainly going to look into that dock thingie. Assuming that would help at least a little bit, should I just turn the drive off until I get one?
  4. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    I would look at taking apart the external case and transplanting the drive into another enclosure or into a dock. It is possible an internal part on the case is going bad but it honestly sounds like the drive is on its way out.

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