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  • Hard Drives
  • Western Digital
  • Enclosure
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May 6, 2011 7:09:28 AM

I have a WD 500gb hard drive which i put in an enclosure and its working out fine for about 2 weeks,
but it suddenly shows an I/O device error yesterday.
I tried searching the net on how to fix an I/O error but non work can you help me fix the problem.

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May 6, 2011 2:23:09 PM

1853315,1,857040 said:
I have a WD 500gb hard drive which i put in an enclosure and its working out fine for about 2 weeks,
but it suddenly shows an I/O device error yesterday.
I tried searching the net on how to fix an I/O error but non work can you help me fix the problem.[/quotemsg

External enclisers have small circuit boards in them. To ensure that the enclosure it's self isn't bad, remove the drive and put it in a desktop and see if you can access it their. If you are not able to access it in windows, try a low level format using manufacturers LLF software. If you can get it stable internally on a PC then you can put it back in the external enclosure.

But obviously if it works from the get-go in the desktop then your external enclosure is bad ( I have had it happen to me 3 times)
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May 6, 2011 3:38:47 PM

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If you are not able to access it in windows, try a low level format using manufacturers LLF software. If you can get it stable internally on a PC then you can put it back in the external enclosure.

That will clobber any data that you have on the drive. If you need to recover data from the drive, and it isn't working cleanly when attached directly to your mobo, come back here for pointers to SW that can scan the drive and recover some data.

Device Unknown is correct for making the drive usable after corruption, but I think that this will eliminate forever your chance of getting your data back :cry:  .
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