my usb 60gb western digital hard drive is dying the smart test said it was.
I am using it as a backup drive (have all my freeware and pictures on it)
when its hooked up as slave it makes the main hard drive which is a western digital 20gb ( master/drive C: ) really slow. When I load a recovery program like handy recovery I can see all my folders and stuff on the hard drive that is dying. But when I try to save them to my other usb 80gb hard drive, it just locks up does not seem to transfer any files. I also tried to use "pc inspector file recovery" I get sector errors and have to keep hitting retry nothing works. The drive will show up in windows but when I click on it error comes up "F:/incorrent paramater"
Stop using the drive immediately, although it may already be too late. Buy a new HD, 80-160GB or more if you want. Purchase and download a copy of SpinRite, read the directions completely before beginning, and use it to attempt to save your data.