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External Hard Drive, Incorrect Parameters?


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I'm having a lot of trouble with my external hard drive. It's a Western Digital, I think it's a My Notebook specifically. Out of nowhere, it disconnects. I checked all cords, unplugged and re-plugged everything, switched out USB cables 3 times, tried different ports. I tried uninstalling and re-installing, Windows acknowledges when I plug it in with a balloon saying it's installed properly, but it doesn't show up in My Computer. However, it does appear in Device Manager. Going through this process all day, it has occasionally shown up in My Computer, but is listed as a "Local Disk" instead of what I named it, and when I try to open it, it says "parameter is incorrect."

There are a lot of important files on here, and I'd really, REALLY like to keep them, so replies NOT saying to just format it would be greatly appreciated.

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It's a Western Digital, I think it's a My Notebook specifically.


Could it be a my book ?

it sounds like you have a couple writing errors, what i would try is, go to this website http://support.wdc.c...asp?wdc_lang=en select you location and download one of the data recovery programs, i would use "flashback data" or "nortek" my personal favorites. (location usa)
i use these programs allot for my work and they do the job 99% of the time.
after you recovered your drive (do that to a different location then the external) i would remove the partition and make a new one and put the data back to the external. and always keep/make backups from your externals (if its important data)
if this doesn't work i got some other thing we can try!
also let me know if this worked for you!

Edited by dennisK16, 28 September 2010 - 05:51 PM.

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It's a Western Digital, I think it's a My Notebook specifically.


Could it be a my book ?

it sounds like you have a couple writing errors, what i would try is, go to this website http://support.wdc.c...asp?wdc_lang=en select you location and download one of the data recovery programs, i would use "flashback data" or "nortek" my personal favorites. (location usa)
i use these programs allot for my work and they do the job 99% of the time.
after you recovered your drive (do that to a different location then the external) i would remove the partition and make a new one and put the data back to the external. and always keep/make backups from your externals (if its important data)
if this doesn't work i got some other thing we can try!
also let me know if this worked for you!


Yeah, it's probably My Book. I don't remember. Do you have any possibly free suggestions? Also, right now it's not even coming up in My Computer.
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It's a Western Digital, I think it's a My Notebook specifically.


Could it be a my book ?

it sounds like you have a couple writing errors, what i would try is, go to this website http://support.wdc.c...asp?wdc_lang=en select you location and download one of the data recovery programs, i would use "flashback data" or "nortek" my personal favorites. (location usa)
i use these programs allot for my work and they do the job 99% of the time.
after you recovered your drive (do that to a different location then the external) i would remove the partition and make a new one and put the data back to the external. and always keep/make backups from your externals (if its important data)
if this doesn't work i got some other thing we can try!
also let me know if this worked for you!


Yeah, it's probably My Book. I don't remember. Do you have any possibly free suggestions? Also, right now it's not even coming up in My Computer.


they aint free? ow the must have changed that sorry about that!
does the drive look like a book? pretty sure its a my book but still
let me look in to the problem some more, i should have the solutions tomorrow for you
sorry that the first one didn't work/wasnt for free :D
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they aint free? ow the must have changed that sorry about that!
does the drive look like a book? pretty sure its a my book but still
let me look in to the problem some more, i should have the solutions tomorrow for you
sorry that the first one didn't work/wasnt for free :D


The power cord does have a short in it, I was suspicious that maybe that had something to do with the initial disconnection. It has shorted out before, but only for a second, and always reconnected without me having to do anything. I suppose it's possible that it might not be supplying enough power now, or that it's almost completely gone bad. I'm going to try to find a replacement today. Let me know what you dig up! And thanks for the help so far. ;)
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Hi Bootleg, how's the headache ?.

I hope you don't mind me jumping in Dennis but this might help.



http://www.softwaret...-incorrect.html
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they aint free? ow the must have changed that sorry about that!
does the drive look like a book? pretty sure its a my book but still
let me look in to the problem some more, i should have the solutions tomorrow for you
sorry that the first one didn't work/wasnt for free :D


The power cord does have a short in it, I was suspicious that maybe that had something to do with the initial disconnection. It has shorted out before, but only for a second, and always reconnected without me having to do anything. I suppose it's possible that it might not be supplying enough power now, or that it's almost completely gone bad. I'm going to try to find a replacement today. Let me know what you dig up! And thanks for the help so far. ;)


your welcome, i like to help ;)
it sound like the power cord is the problem (if you can't find one let me know)
you can try these links if you find out that the cord wasn't the problem

found you some free links

http://www.pandorarecovery.com/


http://www.easeus-deletedrecovery.com/

http://www.pcinspector.de/default.htm

the pandora recovery is the easiest in use!

let me know if you have any further questions!
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Hi Bootleg, how's the headache ?.

I hope you don't mind me jumping in Dennis but this might help.



http://www.softwaret...-incorrect.html


i don't mind if you solution works it works
but the link you gave they are talking about a internal drive!
the solution might work but the situation is a bit different!
one they are talking about server2000 and i assume we are are talking about a pc Desktop!
but like i said the solution might work :D
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Hi Bootleg, how's the headache ?.

I hope you don't mind me jumping in Dennis but this might help.



http://www.softwaret...-incorrect.html


I've actually read that page before. The last post at the bottom most accurately reflects the problem I have, and of course there are no solutions to that one yet.
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your welcome, i like to help :D
it sound like the power cord is the problem (if you can't find one let me know)
you can try these links if you find out that the cord wasn't the problem

found you some free links

http://www.pandorarecovery.com/


http://www.easeus-deletedrecovery.com/

http://www.pcinspector.de/default.htm

the pandora recovery is the easiest in use!

let me know if you have any further questions!


I installed the Pandora recovery. I got a new power cord today but it's not specifically for external drives, and despite being the proper voltage and was approved by a Best Buy employee, when using it the external drive does not show up in My Computer, so I'm back to using the old cord. I was told the only way to get a new proper cord is by ordering it through the company themselves, which I will attempt next, though I don't expect this to be a speedy process. Also, I tried chkdsk, and nothing happens. Once I click start, the window disappears.
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the drive doesn't show up in pandora either?
i might be able to get you one of those power cords.
see pm
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