external usb drive suddenly slow. recovery approaches?
September 29, 2011 5:56 AM Subscribe
my external hard drive is suddenly really slow. I'm pretty anxious. What now?
posted by the mad poster! to Technology (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The external usb enclosure/disk (off which I play iTunes) suddenly started hiccuping on song changes. So I opened it in explorer and it was loading the root directory structure painfully slowly. So I disconnected it, reconnected it, and I can see the directory structure and can open files but it takes forever (I just tried one image file in a subdirectory)
So I did 'safely remove hardware' and disconnected it from the computer. What now?
I imagine I want to do something like
a) copy whatever I can, I guess I should buy another external disk cause my laptop hd is too small
b) check for errors
Right? Any programs or approaches or sequence I should use? I'm using Windows 7