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Unable to transfer files to 250 GB WD Passport. Possible Hard Drive Failure

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July 17, 2014 11:32:58 AM

Hi everyone! I hope you're all doing well!

I have a a 250 GB WD Passport that is roughly 7 years old and it was doing fine until today. I'm able to open files, read them, etc., but when I'm trying to transfer over my files to another hard drive, sometimes even writing files, the drive clicks and disconnects 2-3 times before my computer recognizes it. I can export files in small chunks, but nothing beyond that.

I tried scanning the drive to fix it for bad sectors, but it kept disconnecting. I tried Recuva, but it disconnected during the scan as well.

Basically, the files just sit there. Any thoughts?

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July 17, 2014 2:50:51 PM

Yea sounds like its going bad. Install the Crystal Disk Info in my signature. It will tell you how bad it is and if we can do steps to recover files.
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July 17, 2014 5:14:50 PM

drtweak said:
Yea sounds like its going bad. Install the Crystal Disk Info in my signature. It will tell you how bad it is and if we can do steps to recover files.


Hey drtweak! Thanks for the response! I installed Crystal Disk Info and these were my results. C5 was the one that flagged up as yellow, but everything else was blue. I hope this helps. Let me know if you need more information!:

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CrystalDiskInfo 6.1.14 (C) 2008-2014 hiyohiyo
Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
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OS : Windows 7 Professional SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)
Date : 2014/07/17 20:11:51

-- Controller Map ----------------------------------------------------------
+ Intel(R) ICH9M/M-E Family 4 Port SATA AHCI Controller - 2929 [ATA]
- ATA Channel 0 (0)
- ATA Channel 1 (1)
- ATA Channel 4 (4)
- ATA Channel 5 (5)
- Ricoh Memory Stick Controller [ATA]
+ ATA Channel 0 (0) [ATA]
- HITACHI HTS545016B9A300 ATA Device
+ ATA Channel 1 (1) [ATA]
- HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T50N ATA Device
- Ricoh SD/MMC Host Controller [ATA]
- ATA Channel 4 (4) [ATA]
- ATA Channel 5 (5) [ATA]
- Ricoh xD-Picture Card Controller [ATA]

-- Disk List ---------------------------------------------------------------
(1) HITACHI HTS545016B9A300 : 160.0 GB [0/0/0, pd1]
(2) WDC WD2500BMVU-11A04S0 : 250.0 GB [1/X/X, sa1] (V=1058, P=0704) - wd

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(1) HITACHI HTS545016B9A300
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Model : HITACHI HTS545016B9A300
Firmware : PBBZC61H
Serial Number : 101113PBPB06ECK116LM
Disk Size : 160.0 GB (8.4/137.4/160.0/160.0)
Buffer Size : 7208 KB
Queue Depth : 32
# of Sectors : 312581808
Rotation Rate : 5400 RPM
Interface : Serial ATA
Major Version : ATA8-ACS
Minor Version : ATA8-ACS version 6
Transfer Mode : SATA/150 | SATA/150
Power On Hours : 4619 hours
Power On Count : 2042 count
Temperature : 39 C (102 F)
Health Status : Good
Features : S.M.A.R.T., APM, 48bit LBA, NCQ
APM Level : 4080h [ON]
AAM Level : ----

-- S.M.A.R.T. --------------------------------------------------------------
ID Cur Wor Thr RawValues(6) Attribute Name
01 100 100 _62 000000000000 Read Error Rate
02 100 100 _40 000000000000 Throughput Performance
03 194 194 _33 000F00000001 Spin-Up Time
04 _99 _99 __0 000000000808 Start/Stop Count
05 100 100 __5 000000000000 Reallocated Sectors Count
07 100 100 _67 000000000000 Seek Error Rate
08 100 100 _40 000000000000 Seek Time Performance
09 _90 _90 __0 00000000120B Power-On Hours
0A 100 100 _60 000000000000 Spin Retry Count
0C _99 _99 __0 0000000007FA Power Cycle Count
BF 100 100 __0 000000000000 G-Sense Error Rate
C0 100 100 __0 00002CFD0015 Power-off Retract Count
C1 _93 _93 __0 00000001191E Load/Unload Cycle Count
C2 141 141 __0 0044000D0027 Temperature
C4 100 100 __0 000000000000 Reallocation Event Count
C5 100 100 __0 000000000000 Current Pending Sector Count
C6 100 100 __0 000000000000 Uncorrectable Sector Count
C7 200 200 __0 00000000000E UltraDMA CRC Error Count
DF 100 100 __0 000000000000 Load/Unload Retry Count

-- IDENTIFY_DEVICE ---------------------------------------------------------
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
000: 045A 3FFF C837 0010 0000 0000 003F 0000 0000 0000
010: 3130 3131 3133 5042 5042 3036 4543 4B31 3136 4C4D
020: 0003 3850 0004 5042 425A 4336 3148 4849 5441 4348
030: 4920 4854 5335 3435 3031 3642 3941 3330 3020 2020
040: 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 8010 4000 0F00
050: 4000 0200 0200 0007 3FFF 0010 003F FC10 00FB 0000
060: FFFF 0FFF 0000 0407 0003 0078 0078 0078 0078 0000
070: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 001F 1F02 0002 004C 0040
080: 01FC 0028 346B 7D09 6123 3469 BC09 6123 003F 0020
090: 0021 4080 FFFE 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
100: 9EB0 12A1 0000 0000 0000 0000 4000 8848 5000 CCA5
110: FEEA BF6F 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 401C
120: 401C 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0029 000B
130: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
140: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 4005 4000
150: 8000 0000 425A 0000 0000 F4F4 E5E5 0000 0000 0000
160: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0003 0000
170: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
180: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
190: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
200: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 003D 0000 0000 0000
210: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 1518 0000 0000
220: 0000 0000 101F 0021 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
230: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0001 02C7 0000 0000 0000 0000
240: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
250: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 3BA5

-- SMART_READ_DATA ---------------------------------------------------------
+0 +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +A +B +C +D +E +F
000: 10 00 01 0B 00 64 64 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 02 05
010: 00 64 64 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 07 00 C2 C2 01
020: 00 00 00 0F 00 00 04 12 00 63 63 08 08 00 00 00
030: 00 00 05 33 00 64 64 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 07 0B
040: 00 64 64 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 05 00 64 64 00
050: 00 00 00 00 00 00 09 12 00 5A 5A 0B 12 00 00 00
060: 00 00 0A 13 00 64 64 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 0C 32
070: 00 63 63 FA 07 00 00 00 00 00 BF 0A 00 64 64 00
080: 00 00 00 00 00 00 C0 32 00 64 64 15 00 FD 2C 00
090: 00 00 C1 12 00 5D 5D 1E 19 01 00 00 00 00 C2 02
0A0: 00 8D 8D 27 00 0D 00 44 00 00 C4 32 00 64 64 00
0B0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 C5 22 00 64 64 00 00 00 00 00
0C0: 00 00 C6 08 00 64 64 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 C7 0A
0D0: 00 C8 C8 0E 00 00 00 00 00 00 DF 0A 00 64 64 00
0E0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
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170: 03 00 01 00 02 41 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
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190: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
1A0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
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1C0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
1D0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
1E0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
1F0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 4D

-- SMART_READ_THRESHOLD ----------------------------------------------------
+0 +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +A +B +C +D +E +F
000: 10 00 01 3E 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 02 28
010: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 21 00 00 00 00
020: 00 00 00 00 00 00 04 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
030: 00 00 05 05 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 07 43
040: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 28 00 00 00 00
050: 00 00 00 00 00 00 09 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
060: 00 00 0A 3C 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 0C 00
070: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 BF 00 00 00 00 00
080: 00 00 00 00 00 00 C0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
090: 00 00 C1 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 C2 00
0A0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 C4 00 00 00 00 00
0B0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 C5 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
0C0: 00 00 C6 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 C7 00
0D0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 DF 00 00 00 00 00
0E0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
0F0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
100: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
110: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
120: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
130: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
140: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
150: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
160: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
170: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
180: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
190: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
1A0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
1B0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
1C0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
1D0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
1E0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
1F0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 89

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(2) WDC WD2500BMVU-11A04S0
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Enclosure : WD 2500BMV External USB Device (V=1058, P=0704, sa1) - wd
Model : WDC WD2500BMVU-11A04S0
Firmware : 01.01A01
Serial Number : WD-WXD0A59R4577
Disk Size : 250.0 GB (8.4/137.4/250.0/250.0)
Buffer Size : 8192 KB
Queue Depth : 32
# of Sectors : 488397168
Rotation Rate : 5400 RPM
Interface : USB (Serial ATA)
Major Version : ATA8-ACS
Minor Version : ----
Transfer Mode : ---- | SATA/150
Power On Hours : 2181 hours
Power On Count : 2223 count
Temperature : 26 C (78 F)
Health Status : Caution
Features : S.M.A.R.T., APM, AAM, 48bit LBA, NCQ
APM Level : 0080h [ON]
AAM Level : 80FEh [OFF]

-- S.M.A.R.T. --------------------------------------------------------------
ID Cur Wor Thr RawValues(6) Attribute Name
01 200 199 _51 000000000000 Read Error Rate
03 164 146 _21 000000000ACE Spin-Up Time
04 _96 _96 __0 000000001006 Start/Stop Count
05 200 200 140 000000000000 Reallocated Sectors Count
07 100 253 __0 000000000000 Seek Error Rate
09 _98 _98 __0 000000000885 Power-On Hours
0A 100 _98 _51 000000000000 Spin Retry Count
0B 100 100 __0 000000000000 Recalibration Retries
0C _98 _98 __0 0000000008AF Power Cycle Count
C0 199 199 __0 00000000035A Power-off Retract Count
C1 192 192 __0 0000000066F2 Load/Unload Cycle Count
C2 121 _95 __0 00000000001A Temperature
C4 200 200 __0 000000000000 Reallocation Event Count
C5 200 200 __0 000000000005 Current Pending Sector Count
C6 100 253 __0 000000000000 Uncorrectable Sector Count
C7 200 200 __0 000000000000 UltraDMA CRC Error Count
C8 100 253 _51 000000000000 Write Error Rate

-- IDENTIFY_DEVICE ---------------------------------------------------------
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
000: 427A 3FFF C837 0010 0000 0000 003F 0000 0000 0000
010: 2020 2020 2057 442D 5758 4430 4135 3952 3435 3737
020: 0000 4000 0032 3031 2E30 3141 3031 5744 4320 5744
030: 3235 3030 424D 5655 2D31 3141 3034 5330 2020 2020
040: 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 2020 8010 0000 2F00
050: 4001 0000 0000 0007 3FFF 0010 003F FC10 00FB 0100
060: FFFF 0FFF 0000 0407 0003 0078 0078 0078 0078 0000
070: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 001F 0702 0000 004C 0040
080: 01FE 0000 746B 7F09 6163 7469 BC09 6163 007F 0024
090: 0024 0080 FFFE 0000 80FE 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
100: 5970 1D1C 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 5001 4EE2
110: AD9D E8AC 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 4010
120: 4010 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0021 0000
130: 0000 0000 0000 16CF 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
140: 0000 0000 0004 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
150: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
160: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
170: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
180: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
190: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
200: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 303F 0000 0000 0000
210: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 1518 0000 0000
220: 0000 0000 100E 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
230: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0001 1000 0000 0000 0000 0000
240: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
250: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 A9A5

-- SMART_READ_DATA ---------------------------------------------------------
+0 +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +A +B +C +D +E +F
000: 10 00 01 2F 00 C8 C7 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 27
010: 00 A4 92 CE 0A 00 00 00 00 00 04 32 00 60 60 06
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1F0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 83

-- SMART_READ_THRESHOLD ----------------------------------------------------
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000: 10 00 01 33 C8 C8 C8 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 15
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July 17, 2014 8:01:14 PM

Ok so it has 5 Current Pending sector Count which means that they are sectors that are going bad, that it is still trying to recover files from, but hasn't quite given up on them yet to make it a uncorrectable sector count.

But the clicking is what worries me more. that is usually a different issue. I've see drives with no bad sectors or anything and have the click of death still but they could be related.

Ok so lets try this. I was able to clone and recover files off a Failing hard drive but it didn't have the click of death (Which is what causes it to dissapear and then reappear.

Download and install this program here.

http://www.datarescue.com/freefiles/drdd.exe.zip

Once installed and open select the drive from the drop down in the Source Menu. Then set a save path (Note you MUST HAVE 250GB of free space! It clones the ENTIRE DRIVE Not just the data part!

If you have space great. If not we will have to try another approach.

So if you have space select a save location. Of course not on the external drive.

Now start should be 0 and end should be the end sector. By default its sector 0 to end.

Now see where it says Read Direction? Have it start form the Back of the drive not the front. Once that is set hit the start button. If it is successful let me know and we can move on to the next step.

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July 18, 2014 5:43:09 AM

drtweak said:
Ok so it has 5 Current Pending sector Count which means that they are sectors that are going bad, that it is still trying to recover files from, but hasn't quite given up on them yet to make it a uncorrectable sector count.

But the clicking is what worries me more. that is usually a different issue. I've see drives with no bad sectors or anything and have the click of death still but they could be related.

Ok so lets try this. I was able to clone and recover files off a Failing hard drive but it didn't have the click of death (Which is what causes it to dissapear and then reappear.

Download and install this program here.

http://www.datarescue.com/freefiles/drdd.exe.zip

Once installed and open select the drive from the drop down in the Source Menu. Then set a save path (Note you MUST HAVE 250GB of free space! It clones the ENTIRE DRIVE Not just the data part!

If you have space great. If not we will have to try another approach.

So if you have space select a save location. Of course not on the external drive.

Now start should be 0 and end should be the end sector. By default its sector 0 to end.

Now see where it says Read Direction? Have it start form the Back of the drive not the front. Once that is set hit the start button. If it is successful let me know and we can move on to the next step.



I ran Data Rescue and followed everything you said above, but when I started the run, it instantly gave me, "Write error at 0: No error" and the program just shut itself down. On a lighter note, at least the drive didn't disconnect when attempting this!

Edit: So I took it upon myself to transfer files in small chunks. It turns out I can copy in small chunks from the drive to the desktop, but not to my other drive. When I reached a corrupt file, the drive disconnected, and at some point, it started physically spinning on my table through its enclosure. It was honestly extremely strange.

In terms of data, fortunately I only filled 138 GB out of the 250 GB and only had to chuck irrelevant files so far so I guess this is a good step!
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July 18, 2014 11:49:57 AM

haha thats good! glad you at least got what was important off there.

But the Crystal Disk Info program is a great program to have. Check your hard drives once a month and make sure they all say good. Will help prevent this from happening in the future. You'll know when a drive is dieing before it dies lol
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July 18, 2014 12:24:15 PM

drtweak said:
haha thats good! glad you at least got what was important off there.

But the Crystal Disk Info program is a great program to have. Check your hard drives once a month and make sure they all say good. Will help prevent this from happening in the future. You'll know when a drive is dieing before it dies lol


Will do! I liked Crystal Disk, it's more informative than the other stuff I've been using haha. As an update, I got everything except for 6 files (which weren't even important) and everything is safely in a new drive! The old drive is really dead since it started overheating at the end and is even reading the disk size wrong, so I'm happy I got my stuff just in time. Thanks for everything, drtweak! Stay awesome, and I hope you have a great rest of the week :D 
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