fix for windows 7 hard drive failures

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium
April 29, 2010 at 05:31:49
Specs: Windows 7 64 bit
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.
Thank you

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April 29, 2010 at 06:25:26
sounds like a bad usb port or some some power issue.

if you have another usb port try that,

you can get a usb 2, pcie card that may help if your usb port have issues.they are very cheap.

also try the drives on another computer..

use the drive check software from the manufacturers of each drive, download from the manufacturers site and run on each drive, preferably from another computer.

try to low level format from a linux disk or use software from the drive manufacturers site for low level formatting.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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April 29, 2010 at 06:35:41
Please check if this MS KB article applies to you.


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April 29, 2010 at 09:03:06
USB issues: There are three USB ports on my new laptop (6mths old) Problems result from all three. I usually only use two (1 for a laptop cooler, running last two months) and one for the drive. Issues with the drives came before and after the laptop cooler. I donĀ“t always use the same USB port.

I'm downloading the fix in the hopes this helps. Much thanks to Coolguy!

This issue with USB drives has flooded forums on the internet, so I'm guessing it's a software issue, but can't be sure.

Sometimes a drive shows up as read only on windows 7, telling me it has problems recognizing external drives.
There's a fix for drives using the Nvidia chipset, but mine isn't.
Because this is a common problem, I'll keep everyone posted on this issue.
Thanks for your continued help! Please continue to offer suggestions.

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