Slow 3tb external hdd

so recently my external hdd takes forever to show up in my computer after i plug it in and works slow

so i started defragmentaiting it its been 2 days and its still at 10 procent

will the defrag help? should i stop it?

what else can i do? should i buck it up? is my hdd a gonner?

Hi, you might have some corrupted files in the hard drive and that’s why it is taking so long to finish. Try to stop the defrag process and then run a DLG test to rule out any possible hardware damage. 

How to test a drive for problems using Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows 

so if i try the quick test its says fail


and if i try the extended test it takes forever 

should i do the extended test?

Run the quick test again, then click on the word “fail”.  It should tell you exactly where the problem is.  

*** Based on my own past experience… 

First : I would try copying the files on the disk to a backup DVD or other hard drive

as soon as possible.  -You may have to reformat the drive to get back to a useable

condition : or ( worst case ) be prepared for a total loss of data.

If the file system is corrupt , you might have a bigger problem.

If you can’t just do the regular “copy” or “move” functions, or they cannot locate files,

  • I have used Piriform’s ‘Recuva’ utility to retrieve many files from a failing

    disk drive. ( not a WD )

when i try to do the test its says

06-Quick Test on drive 2 did not complete! Status code = 07 (Failed read test element), Failure Checkpoint = 97 (Unknown Test) SMART self-test did not complete on drive 2!