I have an acomdata 80G external hard drive. We use it on a daily basis for photo storage and itunes music. IT worked properly yesterday, but when I came to the computer today it gave me an I/O message. Can anyone suggest how to fix it? I've tried just unplugging the firewire and when I plug it back up it says it has to be reformatted. I dont want to lose all of my data that's on it. Please help!
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Re: I/O Error on Acomdata External Hard Drive
Go into Control Panel/System/Device Manager and look for yellow exclamation marks. Delete any you find. Reboot your computer. Connect the external hard drive and turn it on. Let Windows discover it. If it asks for the driver, put in the CD that came with the drive. If this will not works means there is some problem in your HDD partition and you need to format them...
if you donot want to lose any data then use any recovery software to recover data from your HDD.
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Click on the "System" button and then click on the "Automatic Updates" tab if you are running the classic view. If you are running the standard view, click on the "Performance and Maintenance" button and then click on the "System" tab.
You can remove the hard drive from the case and put it into another, new usb hard drive case. You can buy one for 20-30 dollars. I have seen this many times before. The hard drive is probably okay, but the controller inside the acomdata case is likely dead. Don't worry, just get a new usb hd case.
OK, 2 things to check. First and foremost, when you plug it into the PC does it make that nifty noise to let you know it sees a new piece of hardware?
Second, if it does, you probably need to initialize the disk. Hit the windows button, right click on computer, and select manage. Under the storage category highlight Disk management. If you see the drive there, you can right click and select initialize, or format. From there the system should see the drive.
initially, pls verify that it is indeed an external storage problem rather than a laptop USB issue by trying other USB devices and determine if they are recognized and working;
disassemble the enclosure of the Acomdata external hard drive and remove the actual hard drive;
you would need the use of a 2nd PC, a desktop that could accommodate the HD from the Acomdata (IDE or SATA);
install the HD from the Acomdata as a Secondary Master or Slave internally to the 2nd PC;
boot the 2nd PC and determine if the HD from the Acomdata will be recognized as a local drive;
chances are that the partition of the HD from the Acomdata was messed up. This would explain the blinking blue light;
download and install a file recovery program. An example is GetDataBack (unfortunately not a freewarebut DEMO is available) and do a recovery. It would take some time based on the size of the HD from the Acomdata;
temporarily save the recovered data in the 2nd PC. You can burn this likewise into a DVD backup should the 2nd PC be capable of that;
after recovery, re-partition and format the HD from the Acomdata while still attached to the 2nd PC;
should the re-partition and format be successful, you can transfer back the temporarily saved recovered files;
a nice, simple, fast and safe partitioning/formatting software is Partition Magic (unfortunately not a freewarebut FREE TRIAL is available).
should the re-partition and format be not successful, you can replace only the HD and/or claim warranty.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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If the problem is in the controller inside the case which in 99 percent of the times it is, This will certainly fix your problem. The MTBF(mean time between failure) of harddrives is 100,000 hours of operation. Also, any external case can be used that matches your hard drives specs...size, IDE, SATA ect...