I have an Essential with a 1TB WD10EAVS (although that is not what is in the enclosure right now). I started noticing something funny when I tried backing stuff up and it would just stop. The transfer would get a bit in and freeze. I can not cancel the transfer or eject the drive. It just hangs. So, the only thing I can do is unplug the USB cable so Windows will actually shut down (since trying to shut down while the drive has frozen on a transfer means Windows tries in vain to eject the disk…for hours). Luckily, I got all my data off the hard drive and onto a mule pc while I figure out what to do with it.
I had another 1TB drive lying around, so I popped open the enclosure and switched the drives. Hoping it would be different, I queued up my data for backup and the drive froze on transfer again. WD DataLifeguard’s Quick Test identified a read test error with both drives. The first drive also said it had a lot of bad sectors, which is why I tried to replace it in the enclosure.
Basically, I am thinking it is a problem with the circuit board that connects to the SATA since both drives had the problem. The strangest thing is that I can access data on the hard drive and it has no problems. I can stream movies from the hard drive and it never hiccups once, but when I try and transfer to the drive for backups, it just can’t do it. What would cause this and what is the solution?
I don’t want to but an entire new external unless I have to. Any ideas?