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External Hard Drive holding large files hostage

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SpiDoL, Feb 7, 2013.

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  1. SpiDoL

    SpiDoL Thread Starter

    Jan 8, 2007
    Hey there,

    I bought this hard drive a long time ago, but it's been working A-OK up until a few weeks ago. Here's the problem:

    Whenever I try to transfer several large files (pretty much anything above 600 MB) at once from the hard drive to any computer, the hard drive will automatically disconnect and reconnect during the operation. A message will pop up saying "The file is no longer on the hard drive" even though it's still there, and it asks me to retry, skip, or cancel. But every time I press retry, the message keeps popping up and I have to skip the file, thus ruining the whole operation. Ironically, the hard drive doesn't do this when I transfer several large files at once from a computer to the hard drive, so now it feels like the hard drive's holding my stuff hostage.

    A lot of the aforementioned large files are important to me, and I need to transfer them from drive to drive, so I need help in fixing this. Any suggestions?

    Do you think it could be the USB cable that came with the hard drive? Because it's been bent back and forth numerous times, and that's probably disrupting the connection...
  2. Simba7


    Feb 7, 2013
    It's quite possible. Also, it could be that the hard drive is wearing out and might be giving some errors.

    Either way, I would highly recommend transferring the files to a new hard drive before the unthinkable happens. You can usually remove the drive from the external casing and connect it directly to your desktop. If you're unfamiliar with installing a hard drive, I would suggest some assistance from a tech.
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