Seagate 500GB external usb drive, spinrite, logical bad sectors

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jackson6612

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Hi

For heaven's sake please help me. I'm in real trouble. Some months ago I was backing up my files to my new Seagate 500GB external USB drive. Around those days when I was doing the backup we were having intermittent electricity blackouts. I don't have backup power source such as UPS. I think the blackouts messed up the drive. I have two Seagate drives. The problem also happened to the other drive which wasn't used for the backup but I formatted it and it's working fine now. But that backup Seagate has messed up big time.

When I had copied almost 8GB data. The computer couldn't read any further. The light on the drive keep blinking and it said something like 'couldn't read from sector...'. I'm sure physically the drive has no problem.

I think my only option left to retrieve the data is to use SpinRite software. My friend has bootable CD of this software. Please, guide me what else could I do?

Thanks a lot for your time and suggestions.

PS: It's a USB one and I have already taken it out of the enclosure and directly attached to the board but all in vain. It seems only option left is SpinRite.
 

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If it's just a backup copy, get a new drive and create another backup. If you moved your only copy of important files to the drive, that's not a backup.
 

jackson6612

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Thanks, DH.

I copied many of the important files to free some space on the notebook's hard. That dysfunctional USB drive is full of important files. So, please help me.
 

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Thanks, DH.

I copied many of the important files to free some space on the notebook's hard. That dysfunctional USB drive is full of important files. So, please help me.
You said you removed the external hard drive from it's case and installed it internally in the computer....correct?
It should be a Smart drive.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T

With an app like Speedfan or HD Tune, you should be able to detect if there is a serious failure in the drive.
http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
http://www.hdtune.com/
I use both to monitor my hard drives



Wouldn't hurt to use Spinrite....but I never had any luck with it.
 
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