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Western Digital External USB 2.0 Drive sometimes won't connect

250 GB drive had been working okay. Now, sometimes when I try to access data it starts to spin up, clicks loudly 4-6 times, spins down. Repeats this cycle 3-4 times, usually eventually shows files in My Computer. Tried defragging and chkdsk, no errors found. Windows 2000 SP4, plugged into dedicated USB 2.0 card.

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  • Jim_Martinco Sep 10, 2009

    When they start clicking, try to copy the data to another drive -- quick! This drive is toast, head crash. It hasn't moved one millimeter since I bought it. So instead of serving as a backup drive, it has cost me all my backed-up data! A pox on WD. The IBM HD in my PC is 8 years old -- that's the one I wanted to back up -- and still okay.



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Problems like these are usually because of the usb connections, if the usb connection isnt strong enough i.e getting enough power,

try it on another pc if you can see if the problem persists

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