Trouble Recovering Data from External Drive - Please HELP

December 27, 2011 at 11:52:56
Specs: Windows 7
I have a WD Elements external 2tb drive about 2/3 full that stopped registering on my computer. I tried "testdisk" to find the files and it now shows up after taking a very long time, but still I can't get the data (when trying to transfer a file, it hangs, and transfer rate varies, sometimes showing 160k, 400k, and sometimes 27k).

I tried using "photorec" to recover the data, but it's telling me that it will take over 6,500 hours to complete the process. I am beginning to think that not only is the drive corrupt, but there may be damage to the usb transfer component (I've tried several wires, it's not that, and I've tried hooking up to 2 different computers with same results, so it's not that either).

I'm on a very tight budget and can't afford a pro service. Suggestions would be appreciated.


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December 27, 2011 at 13:12:51
You could try to attach the drive to a normal computer and see how it does.
That means to remove drive from usb enclosure and insert the drive into a spare bay in a computer.

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December 27, 2011 at 13:28:07
i don't have access to a tower to try that...

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December 29, 2011 at 11:11:49
I just tried swapping the drive with another elements, same model different capacity, to see if it was the usb connection and there was no change.. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated, pro services are not in my budget.. Thanks...

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December 30, 2011 at 10:58:56
Try free data recovery software like recuva or pc files inspector, they work well and are free. Here are the links.

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December 30, 2011 at 16:44:22
I had tried Recuva first, and it wouldn't even register my drive. TestDisk and PhotoRec are other free recovery tools, and they find the drive, the only problem is it's showing 6,500 hours to complete the process. The software I tried from the manufacturer to just test the drive was showing even higher numbers, with an eta of over 12,500 hours just to check it, not even to recover.

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