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One of my (brand new) external drives fell on its side while standing up, i did a quick wd smart test and came out okay and i am copying 3 tb now which so far also seems okay, but on a rare occasion it might turn off (for a few seconds), would that be a matter of it's connection inside having "shot loose" and a disk bay (i don't have one to test yet) would fix that or could it still be a bad drive?
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Probably not a bad drive, most likely a loose connection or a shoddy external in general. Most likely you'll be fine even if you don't immediately copy all of the stuff, since you can just rip out the HDD and put it in another enclosure.
Thanks, what i thought, i'll think i go to get one of those then.
It's WD elemental, all mine are, and so far never had any problems with them. This one is 14tb, so offcourse not been cheap.
I agree with GabbyGabe, loose connection between case and hdd is most likely the problem. You can use Hard Disk Sentinel Pro to check if there is damage on the writing surfaces
That's positive news, i will try that thanks.
Are you sure the drive isnt just going into sleep mode when there is no activity?
Yes. because it (only seems to so far) happen when i plug in the pc, until it works.
I think it's a specification that the power saving feature of the external drive may cause it to stop for a few seconds.
If the device is overturned while reading or writing data, it may be damaged.
However, if it was not detected by the error check, then it should be fine.
as long as it wasn't in use when it fell over or was used in the fallen position, it should be fine
agree about a possible loose connection, but more likely a setting
Thank you, no i always use them standing up, i cant remember if it was on at the time or not, but i am almost sure it wasn't copying at the time (else i would have freaked out even more) but i picked it right up again.
Yesterday it found the drive and then it removed itself in windows, when i replugged it i didn't have any problems and copied a bunch of tb.
And left it plugged in my pc, now the next morning they were working on the go and copying more files.
How do you mean setting though, in windows?
yes in windows, ie sleep/power mode. there's a reason it removed itself.
maybe check cable connections again jic.
suspect the jarring might have been enough to require a reboot/reset is all though, which you already did.
if it keeps working okay, then forget about it. nothing to kick a cat over when you're mom's not looking :)
I'm crossing paws for ya