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Problem with my external Hard drive...

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I have a 1 terabyte 'Western Digital My Book Pro II' drive and I recently started getting delayed write fail messages in Windows. I installed the included diagnostics utilities and ran a test on my drive and one of the disks failed the SMART test.

 

My questions are:

Is there any way I can fix my drive or is it a lost cause?

What is the best/safest way to backup what is on there?

Should I just copy and paste all of files to a different drive or use a special program to do it?

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I'm not an expert in Hardware problems, but here's some info that may help:

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/330174

 

http://www.bermangraphics.com/problems/del...ritefailure.htm

 

I'm sure if any of the members have experience with this they'll chip in.

 

You can use a very good freeware application for transferring/backing up files:

 

Karens Replicator:

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Completely shutdown?

 

That is, shutdown and remove all power from all devices and power bricks for a 10 count and try again?

 

How about plugging that into another USB port? Some discover some ports will not work, but report "OK".

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