|I have 3 external USB drives, all with their own cables that I use for backup. One is an old WD 600 GB IDE in it's own fan cooled case, the other a NEW 1TB SATA Seagate in a Coolmax housing, and the third a tiny but NEW Samsung IDE 160GB drive bought to replace a failed laptop drive.|
They were all plugged in at one time or another to my new laptop running windows 7. For the last six months, I eventually get a 'cannot read - corrupted files' message when I try to access them. IT happens to all 3 drives. I use them sparingly, but over time, this happens. It would get so bad all I could do is reformat a drive and transfer the info over. Done this 3 times to the two larger ones. The third Samsung was barely used, and after a windows XP formatting, windows 7 refused to see it initially but eventualy declared it a Bad Drive, though it still spins and I can access info on it through recovery software.
I always eject drives properly, and last 3 months have been turning windows off before unplugging. However, my 1 TB is almost totally corrupted.
Please help! I've tried Ask Microsoft, and all they said was the drives were overheating.