External HDD Problem

Buffalo Drivestation quattro external 2t...
May 21, 2011 at 14:35:50
Specs: Windows 7
Whenever I try to copy off my buffalo external HDD it either goes very slowly (like 50kb/s) or freezes windows explorer when I press Control C. I am using teracopy as I heard that might speed up transfer speeds, but looking under the 'More' tab it says Error the system cannot read file specified (along those lines). Additionally when I try view or manipulate any of the existing files it is very slow or freezes again. I have tried using Windows 7 and XP, and the hard drive keeps on humming after I've disconnected it (manually I might add, as it will not safely remove and the The Generic Volume cannot be removed at this time... only comes up after I pull out the USB cable, then the system unfreezes as well). When I try to defragment it, it alwasys finds a problem and has to stop, I've also scanned some of the main files I've been trying to copy and there is no virus.

Is the hard drive just getting old? or is there a fixable problem? Any solutions would be appreciated! and thanks in advance!

p.s If not can anyone recommend a good file recovery tool?

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May 22, 2011 at 07:34:19
The interface in either the drive or the enclosure may be an issue. It could be the drive is not keeping cool enough. Lots of variables.
I would try removing the drive from the enclosure and attaching directly to the computer (internal). Note how windows boots... on the first boot, it is recognizing new hardware. Should be a tad bit longer. 2nd boot should be normal booting. If windows hangs, you may have a bad HDD. Recovery is not so easy for these.

Recuva might do what you want. http://www.piriform.com/recuva
(thanks go to the original poster of this software link!)
Ontrack has this http://www.krollontrack.com/data-re...
consider this if the drive hardware is healthy and the freebies don't work.

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