The drive is a WD My Book Premium Edition (WD5000KS).
I'm running WinXP Home SP3.
The drive has been running without problems for over a year, and is (of course!) 4 months past the warranty date.
The first sign of a problem was a message saying "E:\$mft delayed write failed". This appeared several times. At first the drive seemed to be fully accessible; then I could access folders but they appeared empty; and finally all access to the drive failed, with messages such as "cannot copy", "cannot find the specified file", and "E:\is not accessible. Error performing inpage operation."
After this My Computer was very slow to load, and attempts to access the E drive often caused My Computer to freeze.
I searched Google for answers and came across this forum, and specifically the posting of Fatalic under the heading "WD My Book Not Recognized". The reply to this post by calcul8 seemed applicable, so I followed his instructions.
First I reinstalled the drive, without improvement.
I then downloaded DLGDiag and ran it.
SMART showed as PASS.
Quick Test failed.
I ran the extended test, and received a message about bad sectors.
The extended test then showed as PASS, but a repeat of the Quick Test still showed failed.
Test results are shown in the screenshots below.
The drive still showed in My Computer, but still couldn't be accessed.
I again reinstalled the drive, again without regaining access.
The data on this drive isn't absolutely crucial, but I'd love to know if there is an easy way to access or at least to view the folders and files.
Any advice would be much appreciated.