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Tyler5690

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I have a Western Digital MyPassport 160 GB external drive. I have been using this drive for about a year. Last week, when I plugged it in, Windows said the drive was not formatted. I had a friend that was able to run some recovery program and get my data back, but now I am affraid to use this drive. Was this something that is a problem with the drive itself, or was it a software glitch? Should I still use this drive?
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Hi Tyler5690

A lot of times they are glitches. Unfortunately they are glitches we do not like. I recommend (as well as others) multiple backups.

If the drive (also flash drives)are not disabled by "safely remove hardware", that will also create issues.

lets at least give the drive a check.
Download from my signature the WD diagnostics. I am away from my desk so I can't recall if WD has diagnostics that runs from windows. Normally you want to have exclusive access to the drive and boot from a iso CD (for the windows drive.
Since this is a external, if windows diagnostics is available, you will be fine.

Make sure you get the correct drive.

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I ran a complete scan using WD's Data LifeGuard, and it said the drive was fine. I had gotten in the bad habit of just yanking out the drive when I was done - guess I learned my lesson. So, in your opinion, should the drive be usable and safe?
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