Suddenly I could not boot my Gateway computer, it is less than a year old and already the hard drive was acting up; the computer kept flashing the message: one disk is unreadable. The hard drive is a Scorpio 120 G from western digital.
Actually there is no solution, the hard drive is bad. What I ended doing was recording the partition in iso. ( I had a Factory Partition) Got a new hard drive 160G scorpio unfortunately it does not come with installation disc. Installed Vista, and with vista created a partition and then installed the contents of the factory partition.
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OK! First of all try to disconnect all usb's from neighbouring usb ports as they might be using up too much current resulting in your HD not having enough power to be powered up properly! Also, try to use a different usb port.
If all these fail, please use a voltmeter (if any available...) to check if your devices actually function...
The Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB hard drive is formatted for PC, not Mac. The simplest way to get your MacBook to recognize this new drive--and therefore copy the files from your old drive--is to plug it in to a PC and format the drive. I was advised to format with FAT 16, as this would be recognized by my MacBook. Fortunately, the process was not that involved, since the Vista-driven PC found the drivers for the WD Scorpio Blue automatically. Once formatted, I safely removed the drive and plugged it into my MacBook via a USB port using a BYTECC Drive Mate. Magically, it now appeared on my MacBook Desktop and was recognized by the cloning software I was using, SuperDuper. Three hours later, the files on my old hard drive were successfully cloned onto the Scorpio Blue--except now I had an additional 364GB of storage space. Swapping out the old drive and replacing it with the new was not a big deal at all--just make sure you have the right screwdriver for the last task--a Torx #6. Mission accomplished.