View Full Version : Seagate drive failing?

25-02-2018, 11:56 AM
I have a Seagate hard drive, about 10 years old, which I use for backups. Lately it has been reluctant to connect, requiring the plug to be reinserted several times. This happens in Windows & Linux. In Windows 10 it refuses to disconnect and has to remain plugged in until shutdown. Linux does not have this problem. No unusual noise.

I have backed it up and propose to reformat it. Check disc finds nothing.
Any comments?

25-02-2018, 11:59 AM
Try a different cord.

25-02-2018, 12:00 PM
The power adapters fail often, if it's a 3.5" that is.

Or is it 2.5" USB only?

25-02-2018, 12:06 PM
The cord is fixed (no plug)
The power is fine, drive runs, but doesn't engage.
When it does eventually engage you can move the cord around with no effects.

I may remove the drive from the case and try it in another adaptor. Just re-plugging might sort it.

25-02-2018, 02:24 PM
I have WD about that age.
Runs fine on USB1 but not always on USB2.

25-02-2018, 09:06 PM
I have WD about that age.
Runs fine on USB1 but not always on USB2.

I have no USB 1. Once it is on it works fine, I will investigate further after I have backed up everything on it.

26-02-2018, 08:57 AM
throw it in the bin

a backup drive MUST be 100% reliable .
10 years old, so unless you want the nostalgia value, its not worth the effort . Its had a good run, time to retire it :)

26-02-2018, 05:05 PM
I would remove it from case and use as data drive (not for back-up or critical data), assuming it has standard SATA connections

26-02-2018, 05:57 PM
Yep, that's all mine is used for now.

26-02-2018, 07:08 PM
Yep, that's all mine is used for now.
About 18 months ago I picked up a USB external drive box for $10 at a garage sale (labelled 'not working'). Back at home transferred the 1Tb drive to a spare external box and it's been working great ever since. It's always worth trying the simple tests.

27-02-2018, 10:56 PM
I pulled it all to pieces, cleaned all contacts, and reassembled it. Seems to be Ok at the moment.

28-02-2018, 10:33 AM
I think its best to get one of drive caddies.
That way you can put any hard drive into it.
One of the best things I have ever bought