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Disconnecting unexpectedly! My external buffalo is disconnecting itself unexpectedly during use. At first, it was happening with the firewire 400. I thought there was a problem with the firewire cable or the firewire port on the hard-drive, so I switched to USB, which worked fine for a while. But now even with USB, after an hour or so of work, the Buffalo will disconnect itself for no apparent reason. Sometimes, it is even less than an hour. It is very frustrating as I use it to edit with and sometimes, it cuts off with no warning, causing me to lose my work. Inactivity seems to affect it more than when it is fully in use but I have no energy-saving preferences turned on that could lead to the drive going to sleep. Could it be the power cord or is it problem with the drive itself?

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Hello! My recommendation would be to check if the Drive is over heating. Excessive heat could cause the disconnection either for drive protection or because solder points lose strenght. Turn it on, use it a while, right when it disconnects check if its hot. Or try to dissipate better the heat and see if it lasts longer

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if you dropped your hard-drive and it stopped functioning - high chances that the drive has a physical crash. Best suggestion will be to contact a professional data recovery team if the data on the drive is really important (Coz, they charge a bomb for the recovery) Suggestion would be to talk to drivesavers.com

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Certainly we can help,

This generally means you have a hardware failure in the drive or enclosure. The simplest way to test which is to have a hardware tech move the drive into a new enclosure and see if it works.

This will void your warranty if you do it, so, if the drive is under warranty and there are no files you consider valuable on the drive, call the manufacturer for warranty support.

If you value the data more than the drive is worth then take it to your local hardware vendor and ask them to test the hard drive in a new enclosure. Good odds it will work this way but if not you may need the help of a data recovery specialist.

In North America I use Armor-IT, if you are in a different region and the new enclosure fails to garner results, comment back with your region(Country, State, City) and I will supply you with the closest reputable facility.

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Posted on Jul 09, 2009

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Hi,

Yes the drive is compatible with XP. I have seen a slightly higher than normal # of problems with their 1TB models so this may just be a batch problem. My suggestion if there's nothing crucial on the drive is to return it an purchase a different brand.

If it's not returnable you'll have to settle for asking Buffalo for a replacement. If there's crucial data on it you will need the help of a recovery pro. In that case, comment back with your Country, State and City and I will point you to a nearby Recovery facility.


Hope this helps FixYa,

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Posted on Jul 18, 2009

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I devised these simple steps that tend to remedy quite a few issues with most portable / external hard drives (though not always)

BUT the section that may be of interest to you is just after step 5.

A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems similar steps may be adapted to suit.

1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability
2. Use only the cables that came with it NOT one that fits that may have been lying around or is longer. Not all USB cables are equal even though they should be)
3. Do not connect through an external USB HUB unless that hub is USB 2.0 AND has its own power supply.
4. Use ONLY the power supply that came with it if it has an external power supply
Don’t use any other unless you know it has both the same voltage and current rating e.g. 12V 500mA anything rated below that would not work properly.
5. Always use the same port for connecting your devices. Some devices do not like being switched about. If switched they may want to install software / drivers again.

If you checked and fixed anything there and still have issues carry on reading.

Go to your control panel and then administrative tools, select Computer Management.
Now select Disk Management and expand the window.
Your drive should be listed here, if not then you need to check your computer hardware has not got any issues before proceeding.
If your drive is listed and says healthy then right click on it an select Properties, click Tools and then Error Checking, Check now, tick the two boxes and then Start.
This will attempt to fix most minor / common errors on the drive. It may also ask you to restart which is fine. Allow it to finish its work or you could corrupt the drive. If all went well you should be able to use it normally again.
If you drive was listed but did NOT say healthy then right click and select Format. Choose NTFS as the file system and do not tick any boxes you do NOT want quick format. Again start and let it do its thing. When it is done restart your computer and you should be good to go.
If you still have problems with the drive you might want to look at other areas.

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my Buffalo external hard disc can be detected by laptop, but my access is denied. When i click on the hard disc icon, it popped out a message box prompting me to reformat my hard disc. Is there any other way to retrieve my files before reformat or
is there any other way to recover my files after reformat?
Is there any other way to troubleshoot my hard disc other than reformatting it?
Please help me, I am desperate to recover all my files because they are too important/precious to lose it.

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Hello Diane,

Your problem is a common one and thankfully the solution is equally common. You're drive was either turned off, disconnected from or the computer was rebooted unexpectedly while the drive was active. If you leave your computer on overnight this may have happened when the computer went to sleep.

Regardless of the reason the messages you're recieving simply mean the formatting on the drive that tells windows where everything is on the drive is really messed up.

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My review of PC Tools recovery software
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Please remember in the future to never rely on a single copy of any file or a single hard drive, always keep you data on two seperate drive or more to ensure better chances of keeping your data safe.

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