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WD Hard Drive May Be Failing

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April 9, 2014 4:35:45 PM

This just happened; scared the s::t out of me. I was playing a game when my screen froze, audio glitched out, and then screen turned red. I think this may be my WD MyBook drive that I pried out of a portable HDD from before I was born, as it has been making grinding/buzzing noises recently and my Steam install is there. I'm switching Steam install to C drive and removing the drive, but is this enough? Thanks.

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April 9, 2014 4:56:50 PM

If you can move all data off it, then all is well.

When a drive starts making noises, it never gets better, only worse. This sounds like a dying drive.
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April 9, 2014 5:06:22 PM

USAFRet said:
If you can move all data off it, then all is well.

When a drive starts making noises, it never gets better, only worse. This sounds like a dying drive.


Thanks, even the redscreen thing is caused by faulty drive? Also, can I keep it until its death to store useless .mp3s and stuff, or could it damage my system?
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April 9, 2014 5:11:09 PM

It won't damage anything else, but at any time (5 mins from now?) all on it may be lost.
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April 9, 2014 5:21:43 PM

USAFRet said:
It won't damage anything else, but at any time (5 mins from now?) all on it may be lost.


OHHH SNAP! But seriously, thanks for the advice. Steam games and FTL are backed up to the C drive. Yay!
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