I have the LaCie Hard Disk Max 2TB .

I've noticed that some of my files (in very rare cases) are corrupted in this storage . Most of them are songs (.m4a , .mp3) . The only option was to find again those songs because their data was deleted (?) just saw an .m4a file of only 24 bytes .

Also , I noticed that sometimes some files are being used by background programs (which have no idea how to find them , And I am not sure if is by LaCie or some of my programs installed in the computer) So I could not move or change them for short while . In last few days there was a short circuit (electricity was shot down for a second) in my apartment so the Hard Drive was also shot down during the background program was accessing the certain files . But it's not first time , many files were corrupt in similar way . I am just afraid that the LaCie drive provides some background processes which can corrupt my files if suddenly turn off the hardware . I am a bit in panic because there are many important files for me such as development projects and other rare private stuff which i have no copies if they lost or corrupt .

I need some help . I don't have any knowledge in storage hardware or how to manage\avoid corruption . I was thinking about some Cloud storage service but I don't like it since I need to synchronise everything . In the meanwhile , I am transferring all my files to the laptop itself which got enough space and showed more reliability than LaCie's reliability .

  • What OS you using? using Windows 7? – dtmland Jul 16 '13 at 20:53
  • Windows 8 Ultimate x64 – user238547 Jul 16 '13 at 21:13
  • When you disconnect you it safely removes? – stderr Jul 16 '13 at 21:23
  • @TiagoCA No , I never do it safely . Maybe this is the case ? I disconnected the USB many times suddenly without "safely disconnect" functionality of Windows in the last week , Does it really corrupts files ? But anyway , Why some background applications does accessing my files ? I want to avoid it ! – user238547 Jul 16 '13 at 21:39
  • @DavidDiamond: If you unplug a storage device or removable drive from your computer while it's transferring or saving information, you might risk losing some information. – stderr Jul 16 '13 at 21:42

Does it really corrupts files ?

In theory, it's to ensure that Windows isn't busy reading from or writing to the drive when you remove it, something that could result in corrupted data or even a damaged drive.

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  • +1, but I am pretty sure it is not possible to physically damage a drive this way. – Chronial Jul 16 '13 at 23:03
  • It's not possible to damage the drive but the data stores on the drive can become corrupt – Ramhound Jul 17 '13 at 1:32

There are many data recovery options for you, see the answer to this question.

Once your data is recovered you will need tools to sift through it. The Exact Duplicate Finder helps you eliminate duplicate files. Windirstat gives you a compehensive view of your files/folders/types and their sizes. There are many blog posts that offer even more options.

Many on-line storage options are available. Dropbox is the easiest to use. Skydrive, is another option. Google Drive offers 15GB shared storage. Flickr lets you store 1TB of images.

  • There is no way to avoid corruption by finding the background process that running in my LaCie hard drive ? Thanks for the information I am looking there right now . – user238547 Jul 16 '13 at 21:15
  • By the way , I have already signed to 6 Cloud services , In total i have 94.25 GB free space in the cloud for free . I am backing my important files to there . Thanks for Flickr , I didn't knew that they provide 1TB . – user238547 Jul 16 '13 at 21:24

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