Failed External Backup Drive

Damn it. Just when I’m getting ready to backup my PC for that ever-exciting OS upgrade, my external backup hard drive died… a strange death, too. I was deleting an old backup set to make room for the most current and the drive started to hang. Once it finally cancels out, the drive disappears from the computer entirely. Reboot. Plug back in. And then comes the big ‘uh-oh’ … Windows can’t read the drive and wants to format it.

Logical guess: looks like the controller for the external drive has failed. Time to pull it out and stick it in the server.

[edit] Yep… my Adaptec USB 2.0 external enclosure released the last of it’s remaining magic blue smoke. Dropping the drive into my Windows 7 server box rebuilt the drive indexes and recovered the data via chkdsk.

3 thoughts on “Failed External Backup Drive”

  1. Its unbelievable that Windows 7 can retrive the external hard drive memory but in this generation any thing is possible.

  2. hi kevin i was wondering if you might be able to advise me please…

    I have a dane 16gb pen drive wdhich was only used a few times before D day when i put the drive into a imac which told me i would have to format the drive – as ive done this before on external drives (empty ones) and had no worries i just did it and then when i put the drive into my pc running visa ultimate it showed that there was only 200mg available! i went back to the mac and the same there… please do you know of a way of bringing it back to being a full capaciy16gb's?

    warm wishes

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