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Re: Anyone have a bunch of files disappear from external hard drive
« Reply #15 on: December 26, 2018, 04:14:37 PM »
'Glad you were able to recover. 

In the interim, one of my WD passports gave me a scare. I spent some of Christmas day running a scan and recovery diagnostic. Turns out nothing was found bad  but I guess I'll go invest in a new full size drive and case and carry on.  It's time.
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Re: Anyone have a bunch of files disappear from external hard drive
« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2018, 09:44:49 PM »
'Glad you were able to recover. 

In the interim, one of my WD passports gave me a scare. I spent some of Christmas day running a scan and recovery diagnostic. Turns out nothing was found bad  but I guess I'll go invest in a new full size drive and case and carry on.  It's time.

I copy all run of the mill stuff to at least two external HDs. Unique stuff I copy to five or six HDs, including one typically stored outside of my house. 

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Re: Anyone have a bunch of files disappear from external hard drive
« Reply #17 on: December 26, 2018, 11:07:47 PM »
'Glad you were able to recover. 

In the interim, one of my WD passports gave me a scare. I spent some of Christmas day running a scan and recovery diagnostic. Turns out nothing was found bad  but I guess I'll go invest in a new full size drive and case and carry on.  It's time.
With any external drive, the likelihood of failure in the CASE is more likely than a failure of the drive itself. WHEN this happens, you might be able to save your data by swapping the raw drive into a similar case. There are specifics to this, like matching models and firmware versions, but the basics are pretty straightforward.


A note though- many of the newer compact portable USB drives that have come out in recent years don't have a proper SATA connection, but some can still be swapped into a similar case to save the data. That said, once I figured this out, I switched back to full-size drives in full-size external cases.
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