Go Back   Tech Support Forum > Hardware Support > Hard Drive Support

User Tag List

Western Digital Hard Drive Fat32 Problem

This is a discussion on Western Digital Hard Drive Fat32 Problem within the Hard Drive Support forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. I have got a serious problem with my 1TB WD hard drive, wd10000eb035-01. It has been working okay up until


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-09-2012, 04:45 AM   #1
Registered Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 5
OS: xp



I have got a serious problem with my 1TB WD hard drive, wd10000eb035-01.

It has been working okay up until yesterday but now it freezes whenever I try to do anything. An example, I tried copying across a folder but after doing 1/5 of the pasting it freezes - been waiting 2 hours now and it hasnt moved anymore.

When I first got this drive I did some research and I went along with someone's advice to Fat32 format it. I understand this was perhaps stupid. The problem I have is that the information on here is seriously important, on it I have the only copy of my daughters baby photos and I cannot lose these. Ironically this weekend I had freed up some time and planned to back these up to my laptop.

Since I pretty much started using it upon connecting it to PC a box has always asked 'scan and fix' or 'continue without scanning'. I always chose the latter because one time i chose 'scan and fix' and i lost all my data.

My question: I have had an idea, do you think if i partition this drive and copy the needed data to the new partition i would regain full access to the data? OR I know there is software that can change the format type to NTFS, would this be a goer?

I should add that this problem seemed to me to get worse when i pulled the cable out because everything stopped responding and that was the only option.

Thanks for reading, i would be grateful of any advice.
SpiderMonkay is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-09-2012, 01:58 PM   #2
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: England, UK
Posts: 4,527
OS: Windows 7 x86 SP1



Since you've already said you're having problems when trying to transfer data from it (freezing), trying to copy it's data to a new partition would only give you the same trouble.

It may be the SATA-USB adapter board inside the Elements enclosure which has developed a fault, not the drive itself. A common fault with external drives. The fix for that is to crack open the enclosure, extract the drive, remove the adapter board from it, and install the drive either inside a PC as secondary drive, or buy a third-party 3.5 inch enclosure for it.

I think that's the best way to proceed for the best chance of geting data off it,
pip22 is offline  
Old 09-10-2012, 02:53 PM   #3
Registered Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 40,631
OS: Windows 10 64 bit

My System


Quote:
the information on here is seriously important, on it I have the only copy of my daughters baby photos and I cannot lose these.
Any files that are seriously important should be on more then one drive. (ex) C: drive, USB HDD, CD/DVD, another internal HDD.
There is no reason to partition a failing HDD to copy data off of it. As Pip said if you can't copy the files now, you won't be able to copy them to another area of the failing HDD unless you use a recovery program and copy them to another drive. As Pip also suggested, you can remove the HDD from the enclosure and either attach it Internally to a desktop computer, via a USB adapter or put it in another USB Enclosure with a power adapter.
spunk.funk is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-18-2012, 02:01 PM   #4
Registered Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 5
OS: xp



Thanks for both of your replies. I appreciate I should have known better than to keep important data on one drive, I have had such bad luck with hard drives I cant tell you. This was the only drive I actually trusted. I had centralising all important data and now was the time I wanted to create a few backup sources. Sigh.

I was able to remove one very important folder which was of a large size (12gb) off the drive and onto my PC safely. But the drive was still unresponsive in regards to the other folders. So I removed the drive from its enclosure and connected it via sata to my PC. Unfortunately the situation has not changed. I can open my drive and see all the (first level) directory. But when I try to access the desired folder it hangs and hangs, however I was able to get another non-important folder (2gig's in size) from the drive. This gives me hope. There is only one folder that I really can’t lose, the rest of the stuff doesn’t bother me, but this folder is 24gb.

Anyway my question: Can someone please advise what would be the best course of action now? I know this is not going to be an easy fix, but I have a bit of time on my hands so even if someone could point me in the direction of the likely problem I can do the rest of the research. I have been desperately searching the internet for a similar case to mine but have not been unsuccessful. Once again your advice would be much appreciated.
SpiderMonkay is offline  
Old 09-18-2012, 04:46 PM   #5
Registered Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 40,631
OS: Windows 10 64 bit

My System


You will need to use recovery software, like the totally free TestDisk, I have had the best of luck with GetDataBack NTFS.
spunk.funk is online now  
Old 09-19-2012, 05:47 AM   #6
Registered Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 5
OS: xp



Hi, the drive is fat32, so i guess GetDataBack NTFS won't do it. I have already tried TestDisk but doesnt really work. Given the symptoms and particularly how this appears to have started - freezing after I prematurely removed its usb has anyone any ideas where the fault lies?
SpiderMonkay is offline  
Old 09-19-2012, 11:56 AM   #7
Registered Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 40,631
OS: Windows 10 64 bit

My System


The HDD is failing that is why it is freezing. You need to recover as much as you can off of this drive and replace it. You can use GetDataBack FAT for a FAT32 drive.
spunk.funk is online now  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Western digital USB 3 Hard Drive doesn't show up on my laptop.
So for now, I'll just give the basics and anything else you need to know, feel free to ask. So, basically I have a 1tb usb 3 external hard drive made by western digital and my main laptop used to detect it perfectly, but now it just doesn't see that it's there. The thing is, other computers detect...
McDestructor Hard Drive Support 14 06-23-2012 07:05 AM
Western Digital 1.0TB external hard drive failure issue.
Western Digital 1.0TB sata 8mb Cache external hard drive issue. Hello everybody, I foolishly forced a power cord into my external HD (I seen a bright flash) and ever since it will not work. I can plug correct power cord in and the little light at the front will light up (yellow) however...
RORYSL Hard Drive Support 3 09-10-2011 12:37 PM
Adding hard disk in system
My pc (XP OS) has 2 internal hardisk 250 GB (all windows file are in this disk) n 1 TB recently i formatted my pc after removing 1 tb disk. Now i want to add this 1 TB harddisk again. It has a lot of data in it. how can i do this without affecting any of my data Kindly help me with this.
gourmand Hard Drive Support 6 06-12-2011 02:06 AM
[SOLVED] Replacing exsisting SATA hard drive problem
My external hard drive recently stopped working. I have found that this due to a problem with the USB chip, so I have removed the hard drive from it's casing and am trying to find out how to get the information from it. My thoughts were to try and connect it to my desktop PC internally where I...
grantrough Windows 7 , Windows Vista Support 7 01-03-2011 02:19 PM
How to copy your operating system from one drive to another.
Please do not post in this thread. I am rewriting an article. thanks. How to copy your operating system from one hard drive to another Published by JohnthePilot 11-28-2006 How to copy your operating system from one hard drive to another ________________________________________ How to...
JohnthePilot Dead-Sea Scrolls 2 03-05-2007 11:47 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is on
Smilies are on
[IMG] code is on
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Post a Question


» Site Navigation
 > FAQ
  > 10.0.0.2
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:58 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2001 - 2018, Tech Support Forum

Windows 10 - Windows 7 - Windows XP - Windows Vista - Trojan Removal - Spyware Removal - Virus Removal - Networking - Security - Top Web Hosts