i’m not really experienced in my knowledge about data storage or HD etc. So i thought this is a good forum to ask for advice / help.
i bought the WD HD approx. around mid 2008 and have been using it since then until recently a few days ago. It is starting to show some symptoms of break down/problems.
- A few months ago i noticed when i plugged into my PC, a message box popped up saying “Format Drive before use” with either Format or Cancel button.
I ignored it a few times and just clicked on Cancel, as i thought Format means to wipe out all the data on the HD, which i don’t want, as i use the HD as back up.
When plugged to PC, it is either not recognised or
it is recognised and randomly disappears and disconnects from PC
The light is still flashing / on when it is plugged to PC, which must mean it is being powered
After a while it starts to make faint click-ing noises
i have noticed sometimes all the data finished transfer to HD, i try ejecting the HD from computer, it doesn’t let me. One occassion i actually waited a whole hour and it still didnt let me eject it from the computer.
how i use it:
-I Only use it for back up of family photos,videos and documents.
Only use it maybe once or twice a month, for short periods of time
i always use it with care, and do not drop it or move it at all, only use it at home for back up of photos and videos, docs etc.
i have plugged HD at front of Computer and back usb port as well
I have came to a conclusion and is accepting that my HD is failing.
So how do i make a back up of my important files if its not recoginised by my computer??
Also, is there anything i can use (e.g. software) for me to check regularly that the HD is functioning normally? rather than find out randomly, which is what happened a few days ago, without much warning… or perhaps silly me, didnt realise!
I appreciate your advice and help, thanks,