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Hard Drive not Recognized


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JDcompy

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So... I have an external (Sata) drive and it was in the middle of copying files from my laptop to the drive. The case slipped off of the bed (next to the laptop) and fell about 2 feet on to the carpet. Now the drive is not immediately recognized when connected. After a while I get the message that says: "The drive is not ready for use; its door may be open". Sometimes I get a message saying, "The request can not be performed because of an I/O device error."

How can I fix this issue?

Thank you so much!!
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Sounds like you may have damaged the connection in the external box. Is it capable of being open to check the connection itself?
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Thank you for the reply. The case is definitely not easy to open as I have had this drive from this company in the past. You pretty much have to break the case open. The light comes on, on the case, so I feel like maybe the case is working fine. It was in the middle of copying at the time and says the door is open.. is it possible I just need to "close the door" ?

Hope this makes sense- and thank you again,
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Is this a optical drive then?
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Im not sure what that means.. It is a 3 TB sata drive from WD in an external case (which it came in)
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What I meant is the external cdrom drive or a hard drive.. You answered that.
Is there a door open on the external case?
Have you tried it on another system to double check if the problem happens then?
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I have tried it on both my laptop and desktop. There is no opening on the case itself. I'm guessing the door open is referring to whatever "door" opens to let data copy through and it was not closed as the copying was interrupted.

Edited by JDcompy, 05 August 2011 - 01:20 PM.

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I see you have the same topic started HERE at Tech Support Guy.
I understand this is a issue you would like to resolve but understand using two different or more sites for help can cause a problem in itself. I have no ideal what they may suggest and vice versa.
I see you started it just about 20 minutes ago.
If you would like to use them instead of here I will understand. I am still researching your issue but please let me know if you want to use them instead and we can stop assisting here.


What I have found indicates that the data connection to the hard drive in the external may have come loose or is damaged.
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I can appreciate your note; I have been reading around on their site a bit more and I think I feel much more comfortable here. I only posted there because I have done so in the past (with out much luck).
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It is possible that the case when it dropped knocked the hd loose internally from the connection. Now that would mean you would need to open the case which by what you say is almost impossible without destroying it.
Once inside you would have to make sure the hd is securely attached to the connection.
If that still does not resolve the issue I would say then that the external case would need to be replaced.
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What you are saying (sadly) does make sense. I will give it a try. I wish they didn't make these cases so unopenable.. :/ Thank you again and will post back after my attempt!
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If it does become evident it is going to destroy the case then you may have to purchase a new external and one that can be opened easily. :)
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YOU can use this tool too see if the drive itself is damaged!

download

don't look at the drive this is for i have been using this on external WD drives for a while now and it works great!
do you got the part number of the drive so i can see what type of drive we are talking about 2.5" 3.5" etc etc


rshaffer61 hope you don't mind me trying to help as well don't want to step on your tows :)
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p/n = WDBAAU0030HBK-00

Will try the program as well,
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Nope all suggestions are welcome. I have no issue with even a newbie member like yourself offering any help. I actually welcome it as it is the only way for our forum to remain as a family. Please post as often as you like with all suggestions. :)
The issue is that the drive is not being recognized and if indeed the data connection is loose or has been damaged by the fall then the diagnostics may not work.
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