External HDD Fails CRC & I/O

Wd Western digital my passport essential...
August 18, 2011 at 04:43:30
Specs: Windows 7
Hey Guys,

Basically just returned from abroad with my WD passport, just before i left my WD Elements external died and the only copy of my media was on my passport but since returning i whacked the elements in the freezer and it managed to live long enough to give me my media, score! So essentially the problem is:

When i originally tried to copy my data off the passport, it failed due to CRC failure, so after the resurrection I decided to format the disk, i left my PC on for a day while it was "formatting" (quick format) using the windows 7 utility but it never progressed at all. I managed to blow my fuses reconnecting all my devices so i lost all power to the PC and cut the process short (arguably imho though it would never have finished). Since turning it back on the drive connects, but would not show in Computer. So I went to disk management and the disk wasn't initialised, i tried to initialise using MBR but it failed due to CRC so I used GPT and was successful at first though now i cannot format the drive or create a simple volume using the disk manager, as the it reports an I/O error.

Any opinions on how to fix this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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August 18, 2011 at 05:38:45
If the external drive died and you recovered your files, the consider yourself very lucky. Even if you manage to make the drive work, I would not trust it. If it is under warranty, send it back, if not purchase a new one. Whether you are using the drive for back up or to take along what will not fit on your laptop, you need to trust this drive completely AND keep a back up set of files at home on your desktop, possibly on a second internal hard drive labeled 'Back Up Drive'.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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