I have a 300gb WD drive that i had in an external enclosure (icybox)
i have now built a new computer and put the drive inside.
in the bios it is registered as the master on a shared IDE cable with a DVD Writer (even though i dont think it has a jumper in) there is only 1 IDE channel.
every time i boot up the computer it tries to run a Chkdisk on the drive and fails.
i get into windows and try to run the disk chek there and it fails almost right away.
i can play my music off it, but my video files become blocky and the audio desyncs. also when i move a video file from the drive to my main drive to see if that works... it speeds up massively and then crashes the media player (tried with bot WMP and Media Player Classic)
what is wrong and how do i fix it?
any help appreciated
Sounds to me like your drive is dying...and quickly. A bad sector can cause a lot of touble.
Do you have a different drive you could try copying data over to? I'd be treating that drive like it has hours to live. Stop using it and get that data off ASAP!
After first trying to get all your data off then get the program called "SpinRite". It is an EXCELLENT utility that runs from a floppy in DOS and will very often fix/recover on bad sectors. But be warned, it is extremely slow. It could take a week or longer to run on a 300GB drive. But like I said, it is GOOD. So, get your data off if you can. Then hopefuyl you have a spare computer you can set up to run SpinRite on the drive in question.
I'd want you to try backing up your data first though and use SpinRite afterwards.
Are you getting Cyclic errors when moving files around on the drive? You can also download the drive manufacturer drive check tool that each manufacturer has. But SpinRite is the best.
Drives JUST fail sometimes. All drive recovery tools take a long time, especially on 300GB. It depends on the value of your data. Some people would be overjoyed at waiting 1 week to get their data back. Sometimes it's irreplacable.
When you took the drive out of the enclusure you could have knocked it or something causing a bad area on the drive. But hey, put the drive back in the enclosure and see what happens. Computers don't always perform as you'd expect.
Do you have the cables all attached correctly and on tight? Any bent or pushed in pins? Try a different cable. Stick the drive in another computer and see what happens. Try the simple things first of course!
yea good point ill try that.
but why would it work back in an enclosure? (out of curiosity not because i wont try it. it took me weeks to get that music ripped onthere)
Well, since you've just proven me right [like I ever doubted myself] :wink:
The first rule of troubleshooting is to remove all variables. The variable in this case is removing it from the case, so the first step would have been to put it back in the case. You should have done that immediately, else you risk corrupting the data more.
Now, take my sarcasm to heart, and get a fricken backup plan. The next time I will laugh right in your face instead of making off handed jokes.