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[Hard drive] Hard drive won't backup. Can't solve for 2weeks!

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December 31, 2012 7:25:25 AM

Hi guys, I'm really out of ideas and that's why I'm here. My hitachi 500gb hard drive is dying. it has a partition and it seems to have some problems I can't figure out. Firstly, I tried to transfer the files to my external hard disk because like 2 months ago, I tried to copy 100+GB of files from my internal to external hard disk. 3/4 through it, the speed suddenly became extremely slow. However, it did finish.

After that, I restarted my comp a few days later and my windows took like 1hr+ to startup and it lags like hell. I tried some stuff and on and offs my comp will be fine.

However, the main problem now is I can't transfer file from my partition. I tried to backup but to no avail too. Yesterday, the files were transfering like 250kbps. I tried some methods on how to speed up file transfer. But ended up, 25 BYTES per sec?! And I tried to transfer a mp3 file for 7 hrs and not completed.

Now, I hope someone can give me advice how i can diagnose the real problem and how to transfer or backup my files if possible.

Thanks all!
a c 79 G Storage
December 31, 2012 7:59:03 PM

All hard drives fail eventually so you should test both the internal & external hard drives.

For the external one, test with Seagate SeaTools for Windows:

For the internal one which contains Windows, you cannot test it with Windows-based software. You need to use testing software which loads from a bootable CD so use "Hitachi Drive Fitness Test":

You can use IMGBURN to create the CD from the Hitachi ISO file:
December 31, 2012 10:24:17 PM

My internal hard disk came out with this:

Device S.M.A.R.T. Error.
The Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) has detected a drive problem.
The drive may fail soon and should be replaced as soon as possible.
December 31, 2012 10:30:49 PM

yep, your HDD is dead. you can try booting off a live CD like ubuntu to TRY and copy files off of it but that or taking it to a pro is gonna be your only option.
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