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    Question Seagate drive failing?

    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?

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    Default Re: Seagate drive failing?

    Try a different cord.

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    Default Re: Seagate drive failing?

    The power adapters fail often, if it's a 3.5" that is.

    Or is it 2.5" USB only?
    Ex-pctek

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    Default Re: Seagate drive failing?

    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.
    Last edited by mzee; 25-02-2018 at 11:09 AM.

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    Default Re: Seagate drive failing?

    I have WD about that age.
    Runs fine on USB1 but not always on USB2.

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    Default Re: Seagate drive failing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Driftwood View Post
    I have WD about that age.
    Runs fine on USB1 but not always on USB2.
    Interesting.
    I have no USB 1. Once it is on it works fine, I will investigate further after I have backed up everything on it.

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    Default Re: Seagate drive failing?

    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

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    Default Re: Seagate drive failing?

    I would remove it from case and use as data drive (not for back-up or critical data), assuming it has standard SATA connections
    FTW

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    Default Re: Seagate drive failing?

    Yep, that's all mine is used for now.

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    Default Re: Seagate drive failing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Driftwood View Post
    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.
    Either go where you're looking or look where you're going!

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