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JMoore
25-04-2008, 09:16 PM
I have a Lacie 250GB F.A.Porsche external USB hard drive that seems to be corrupted. When connected and turned on it slows the computer down to a crawl and when trying to access gives the error "X: is not accessible. The device is not ready."
I'm wondering if there is some recovery or formatting software that could be recommended as the device only contains backups and a few photos that, if unrecoverable, can be lost.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Speedy Gonzales
25-04-2008, 09:19 PM
Take it out and put it in the case.

Which will probably be the easiest and cheapest way

johnd
25-04-2008, 10:57 PM
You can format it in what ever file system you like - however it is normal to format in FAT32 since (even though it is a proprietory file system) it is universally accessible by any operating system.

JMoore
25-04-2008, 11:32 PM
Thanks speedy gonzales. I managed to pull apart the external drive case with a screw driver and have installed it into the PC. Shows up in disk management (eventually) as an apparently "healthy" drive but I cannot explore the disk at all. Any ideas?

beeswax34
26-04-2008, 01:02 AM
Check the drive for errors and/or bad sectors.

Plenty of "healthy drives" are completely screwed.

JMoore
26-04-2008, 01:04 AM
OK cheers for the reply. What software do you suggest I use? Or just run it through the Windows disk check utility?

JMoore
26-04-2008, 06:59 PM
BUMP, how can I check the drive for errors/bad sectors?

Speedy Gonzales
26-04-2008, 07:01 PM
Just use the windows one