My Passport Essential 1TB responds extremely slowly

I bought my drive some time ago and stored all my data on it. One day, during a backup, my PC brought up the “blue screen of death” of  XP. After rebooting, my WD drive was almost dead. It responds extremely slowly and practically it’s useless. I updated to the latest firmware, tried different machines, all in vain.

Can anyone give same help?

I am running windows xp and I use this a lot when my WD drives are acting up!

Open  My Computer  by double-clicking on the icon on the desktop.

Right-click on the drive letter that you wish to check for errors (usually c: and click on the Properties  menu item.

Choose the “Tools” tab and click on the  Check Now…  button.

Two options are available in the next window:

  • Automatically fix file system errors  will correct many file system errors detected. This is highly recommended.

  • Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors will perform a search for areas of the hard drive that may be damaged or unusable. If found, this tool will mark those areas as “bad” and prevent your computer from using them in the future. This is a very useful feature but may extend the scan time as much as a few hours.

Click  Start.

Allow the Error Checking program to run its course until complete.

Restart the PC if prompted to do so.