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Data error cyclic redundancy check after pc it was connected to, went into "sleep mode". Doesn't work on any other PCs. Same error. Can this be fixed without formatting?

Had backed up a n umber of files, onto my WD External Elements 1.5 tb drive, yesterday. Was able to restore files from it. Had left it plugged into my PC, and the PC went into sleep mode. Ever since then, it has not loaded properly, and is giving a Cyclic Redundancy Check error, and states that it "Requires to format before use". Did I lose the drive/data? aor can it be fixed by a scan disk, or something?

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No you do not need to format it,
if the drive was assign a letter D: for example . type start... run...
chkdsk d: /f

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Try using a different USB port and change your cable.

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SOURCE: i can't access wd 320gb element external hard drive


click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager look through all of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark ! or red x
right click to reinstall drivers or


if you can see your usb but its not working
ports(com&lpt)right click update driver

even if you dont have any red or yellow marks you might have to


Click Start, then type device manager in the Search box then click Device Manager

Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers. Right click a device and click Uninstall. Repeat for each device.

Once complete restart your computer. Your USB controllers will automatically install


This method prevents your USB external drive from powering down

Disable USB selective suspend setting.

This method prevents your USB external drive from powering down.

Click the Start button type power plan in the Search box then click Choose a power plan.

Next to your currently selected plan click Change Plan Settings.

Click Change advanced power settings.


Click the box to expand USB Settings then expand USB selective suspend settings.

Click Plugged in then click the drop down menu and select disabled.

If youre using a laptop click Battery then click the drop down menu and select disabled.

Click Apply then click OK.


if this fails to fix the problem

check usb leads for secure dust free seating

sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable


just replace the cable of the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work fine again,


check the USB leads that attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a lot of unforeseen problems
hope this helps

Posted on Jun 28, 2012

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