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2 Day old hard drive says not formatted

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Albatross77, Jan 15, 2011.

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  1. Albatross77

    Albatross77 Thread Starter

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    I bought a verbatim 2.5 mobile hard drive usb 500gb (62873) 2 days ago. I was transferring files onto it running XP no problems. When I turned it on the next time says not formatted and slows my pc right down. Have tried reconnecting several times. Very weird :confused: I guess I can reformat as long as my freind hasn't deleted the files I just copied. This should not happen with a new hard drive. Can someone help me out here? I just bought this drive because my other wd external died after less than a year!
     
  2. crjdriver

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    First of all data you do not backup is data you do not care about. All drives will fail, it is only a question of when your drive will fail.

    Next external drives are just not as reliable as an internal drive. This is for a number of reasons;
    1 Heat. External drives that do not have their own cooling fan are NOT made for continuous duty. They are made to switch ON and backup what you want then switch OFF.
    2 The extra interface ie the usb/firewire interface. It adds something else to fail.

    If you are having problems with a 2 day old drive, return it and get another one.
     
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