I've had this external HDD for around 3 years give or take 6 months. For the last month or so, it was pretty slow but it worked. A few files couldn't be copied onto my system but files could be copied onto the HDD. I last used it a week ago, and then gave it to a friend. She told me that it wasn't being detected by her computer.
So I took the HDD back and run a few tests that I found on Google:
Here are the results of HD Tune:
chkdsk /f f:
chkdsk /f /r f:
A few times it'd display this :
Sadly, I'm not able to reproduce the error. So I'm going to recollect what I saw.
CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)... 20992 file records processed. File verification completed. 22 large file records processed. 0 bad file records processed. 0 EA records processed. 0 reparse records processed. CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)... <An additional line over here with 21090 files done of 23084 files - numbers are inaccurate, but it would freeze here and go no further.>
and the other times this :
C:\Users\Torcellite>chkdsk /f /r f: The type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives.
This usually occurs after the previous step where-in I run
chkdsk but it freezes, so I close the cmd window and try running it again.
Now it shows this and my cmd window was unresponsive for around 8 minutes:
The HDD was filled to around 400GB of the 470GB.
My questions are as follows:
- Is it possible to retrieve all the data on my HDD? Or is it completely lost?
- If not all of it, is it possible to retrieve a certain chunk of it? Either a chunk I can choose from or a general chunk which isn't a bad sector? (Is the HD Tune scan accurate?)
- If I can't retrieve the data, can I format the HDD and re-use it? What are the risk factors? Obviously, I did try formatting it, but there seems to be no response. I've never used the format option that is prompted by Windows when my device is recognized but can't be read. I've used the format option by right clicking and on cmd, both times I unplugged the device when it seemed to do nothing.
- If the HDD is actually dead, is there any other use I can get out of it? Perhaps make a certain chunk of it something like a
Please feel free to add information to this thread. I would like to know more about this.