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Q: Hard Drive Not Responding

My Buffalo HD which is actually a WD 500GB Hard drive. I opend it up and connected via SATA adapter but still the problem persists. I checked the drivers. Looked for clicking noise as in dead hard drive but none of those problems seems to be there. Also I tried formatting it but was unable to do so. Can anyone tell me whats the cause? It still may be the head problem but its not clicking as a dead hard drive does. It also seems to be spinning just fine but can't get to the root of the problem. Does anyone knows whats the problem?

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A: Hard Drive Not Responding

Could be some issue on the PCB. Suppose if you were really dedicated to getting your data back you could buy the same drive off eBay or wherever and swap the boards. That may be more difficult to do since Buffalo may not have stuck to WD the whole time OR WD supplied a special series of drives to Buffalo. Check the model numbers to be sure before going that route.
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A:Hard Drive is not responding

Start a Support Case? Is the laptop less than a year old?
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A:External hard drive (not responding)

I would defrag the External drive and also run a check disc on it.

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A:external hard drive not responding

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Welcome to the forum.

Follow steps mentioned in this tutorial, see if it helps you:
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A:Hard Drive stops responding

Did you try running in safe mode to discount possibility of bad drivers ? You can also try booting with a Linux live from CD or USB ?
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What is the exact system model? What is the current OS installed on the system? When did the issue start? Were there any bluescreens / system crashes? 
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A:Hard Drive stops responding (hang)

Post a screenshot of your Hard Drive(s) using Crystal Disk Info software:CrystalDiskInfo - Software - Crystal Dew World
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A:WD external hard drive suddenly not responding

Hi ddvon,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Please post a screenshot of Windows Disk Management with only your WD 1TB external drive plugged in.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

If its only a partition table corruption that has led to this situation you may be able to do a partition recovery with the Partition Wizard.

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dannybz said:


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A:External Hard Drive Windows Explorer Not Responding

Try this.

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A:Windows Suddenly Freezes (Hard Drive Not Responding too).

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A:System Stop Responding No Hard Drive Activity

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A:Seagate 2TB Hard Drive not responding, stops programs from working


Welcome to Seven Forums.

That does sound like the controller on the drive has gone.

Is the drive still under warranty?

If you don't know - Is it possible to open the drive case? (The external casing not the actual drive case).
There will be a date code on the drive. That will tell you when it was made. Or grab the serial number and plug into Seagate's warranty page and it will tell you.

There are several "hacks" that some people use to try and get drives working, though the mostly pertain the drive heads more than controllers. I'm not going to recommend you try those because the can be destructive. However, if you use google, I'm sure you will find some.

You could send it off if it's under warranty. If the controller has failed Seagate will probably swap it out (since they really don't like replacing drives unless they have to).

However, they will not guarantee the safety of your data, and won't take much care not to lose the data.

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I assume you've tried it in different computers/different USB ports? Have you also tried a different cable?

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A:Sporadic hard drive intensely busy, apps stop responding

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rskin2001 said:

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Quote: Originally Posted by CraziReaper

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I have 2 HDD.

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Secondary : E - 500GB

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Any idea what is wrong?

Don't know if it matters but a couple minutes before this starts, i did a few windows update.

A:Hard Disk Stops Responding (Hang)

As a test, use system restore to uninstall the updated. Set the updater to inform and not to install. When the update arrives, again set to hide. Then we can see if the update is the cause.
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A:External Hard Disc Takes too long to respond but still not responding


I am sorry this is happening to you!

If you have critical files on your external WD hard drive, that you want to recover, do not format the drive! When formatting a HDD any information that's on it, gets erased.

The main possibility is that your external hard drive has suddenly become RAW. This means that it is not a system recognized by Windows. Therefore it's unable to be mounted as a drive. This often happens when the records determining the filesystem type or location on the disk are damaged or corrupted. And since Windows doesn't see a filesystem in the partition of your external hard drive, it wants you to format it in order to create a filesystem on it. But as I mentioned above, you shouldn't if you have any information on it that you want back! Also, don't try and write anything on the RAW drive.

The reason this could happen is when you disconnect an external hard drive from the PC without using the "Safely Remove Hardware" option. This is why I would advise you for the future to always safely remove your hardware.

In this case you need to recover your data. The most secure way to do this is to take it to a Data recovery company. The link below is to WD's official Data recovery partners:

WD Support / Data Recovery Partners

Because you mention that your system slows down in performance and doesn't fully respond, it makes me think that you should better take your external hard drive to a specialist to fix it.

If not, you could try and RMA the hard drive but first you need to check if it's still in warranty. You could do this in the link below:

WD Support / Warranty Services / Warranty Check for End User

I hope any of this helps you!
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A:Sony Vaio laptop not starting; hard disk not responding

Hello ffrustrated and welcome to Seven Forums. Sorry to hear you're having all these issues. Couple of questions for you. ( Well, actually, several questions. )

1. When you got your Vaio did you buy it new?
2. Did you create the Vaio recovery disks when you first got the computer?
3. How long ago was it that you went to Sony to get it fixed?
4. Did the repair facility give any warranty on the repairs?
5. What was wrong with it?
6. With the machine turned off, can you access the Vaio Care software by clicking the ASSIST button at the top of your keyboard?

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A:CD Drive Not Responding

Optical drives last about a year... a little longer if seldom used, but less if used a lot. There is no way around it.
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A:cd drive not responding

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A:CD-ROM drive not responding

Did you recently install some virtual drive software?

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a cd drive wont accept a dvd . .....if it is a dvd drive , re-install your software .
p.s......i have a few hundred g-mail accounts if you want some , by reading your user-name.
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A:Drive not responding

The game is on a DVD, and you only have a CD-Rom drive.
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A:CD Drive not responding

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