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I have had this hd for four years. I'd say once a month the thing seemed to automatically disconnect/remove itself. Now, within the last week the hd has been doing the same thing but almost constantly. I am able to disconnect it, reconnect it, it loads and I can view my files then after a few minutes it says the drive is empty and I have to format it. Since I don't want to lose my files I disconnect, reconnect. it loads and I can view my files again and the process continues. How can I make the thing work the way it should, where it stays on with no problems?

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  • dawthor Mar 20, 2011

    how would I go about doing that?

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This hard drive is about to fail completely.
I suggest that if you manage to get the hard drive working, you should back up your data ASAP.

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    Chris Hingee Mar 20, 2011

    When you can see your data files on the hard disk then -
    You can back up data on an external storage device such as an USB external hard drive, or an USB flash drive.
    If you have a CD writer then you can burn your data to a CD disk.

  • dawthor Mar 25, 2011

    Thanks. I was able to rescue all my files before it crashed completely.

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    Chris Hingee Mar 26, 2011

    If the solution was helpful come back to the site and state the same / accept the solution so that you will no longer get multiple "FixYa Expert response" e-mails from Experts that are still trying to help you.

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