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I/O device error with external hard drive

Q: I/O device error with external hard drive

Hello so this is the issue I have win vista x sp Toshiba satellite and a Seagate freeagent goflex tb external HD I had been using the external drive I/O hard external with error device for a while noticed some information wasnt really working properly I thought I would do a chkdsk However I used Tuneup utilities to perform the thorough chkdsk of my external HD i figured it would find and fix any bad clusters WRONG after hrs of waiting I restarted the PC I/O device error with external hard drive and now i cant access any information The external shows up in quot computer quot I can open certain folders but after a few mins I cant access anything and i get the I O device error ive tried running chkdsk r just from the PC in a CMD window It shows a list of - files I/O device error with external hard drive that are quot unreadable quot and sticks on a certain file at around complete every time Ive tried all of seagates suggestions and other then that everyone else just says to run chkdsk on other forums I really do not want to loose this information at all costs any information would be fantastic thanks for your help in advance nbsp

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A: I/O device error with external hard drive

The Freeagent's power supply has probably failed
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A:i/o device error external hard drive please help me anyone

I dont want to cause panic.. but.. I/o errors are normally always related to knackered hardware.. I.e your hard drive.

theres a few things you can try first.

The standard Microsoft protocol is to first check that windows is fully up to date incase youre missing a key upated system file.
Next you could try uninstalling your usb drivers in device manager and reboot. (youll loose control of any usb device plugged in before the reboot).
It might not seem the most logical thing to try but it was suggested to me once and it did the trick for my issue.

Failing that Microsoft q and a also suggests shrinking the partitions if possible using disc manager.
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I've set it to be optomized for performance and to enable write caching on the disk.

When I close the message and try to get back into the HD, none of the files that are on there show up.

How can I fix this?!

A:External Hard Drive I/O Device Error

It's a process of eliminating one source at a time.

The following assumes you have experienced no prior problems using your USB ports.

The first thing I would do is remove the drive from the enclosure and connect it directly to a desktop computer where I would run CHKDSK /R. If that is negative, I would download the drive manufacturer's testing utility and check it for fitness. (Some second-rate companies offer no such testing utility.)

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How is it powered? It is possible that the enclosure does not supply enough power for that drive. Can you connect it internally?
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Howdy markhimself.. Try setting the External to master.. When you open your device manager are there any yellow question marks besides the Hard drive?

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2) shut down (overnight as it happens).

I did also have a quick poke at the hard drives but didn't change the configuration.

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I'm not sure what you mean by Deactivate a storage volume?
All you needed to do was go to Start/Run and type diskmgmt.msc and press enter. In the Disk Management window, Right click the drive and choose Change Drive Letter or Paths, choose a different drive letter that is not being usd.
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Bump.... Please help i need those files back
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Please do not start more than one thread for the same issue.

Closing duplicate.
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I think it likely that the usb interface in your external enclosure may be damaged.
The drive may still be undamaged, and transferring it to a new enclosure may be your best best.
Such enclosures are relatively cheap and easily available.
I would not suggest continuing to use the existing enclosure.
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A:Hard Drive I/O Device Error

Sorry if the original post is confusing. I've never seen anything like this happen.

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Hard drives are very sensitive. It may be a goner.

What happens when you try it? Does it appear in Device Manager?
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Do not format, it will make it that much more difficult to possibly retrieve files. Also do not let it run a scheduled check disk when in that state.
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First step, Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore. Create a restore point and name it something like "Before USB Fix". This is to bail you out if something goes wrong during the following process and makes things worse.

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Will show you how to open the casing.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Noremacs

System Specs:
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Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1
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4mb RAM
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A couple months ago my laptop got dropped and stopped working. After some inspection I decided that the hard drive died (made weird clicking noises), however, I had a desktop so saw no need to replace it. Fast forward to today, back in school and need the laptop again. Bought a new hard drive (Seagate, SATA 6Gb's, 320gb, 5400rpm), decided to upgrade the system to windows 7, since I needed to install anyway.

My school has a hook-up with Windows, operating systems are free and can be downloaded through Microsoft dreamspark. Downloaded windows 7 as a ISO file. Placed onto my external hard drive and tried to install on to the laptop that way. Received "ntldr is missing" error. Tried a couple different things with the external hard drive (with no success) before I gave up and went to try it with a dvd.

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You cant actually just unpack the iso to the dvd.
Follow the instructions here:
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool
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Originally Posted by rachel.nickells

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