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15 years ago
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C:\Documents and Settings\lucas>chkdsk /f f:
The type of the file system is FAT32.
Volume Serial Number is 335E-CE8F
Correcting error in directory \
Windows is verifying files and folders...
File and folder verification is complete.
Convert lost chains to files (Y/N)? y
Insufficient disk space to recover lost data.
32404448 KB in 17026 recovered files.
Windows found problems with the file system that could not be corrected.
   58,574,688 KB total disk space.
          320 KB in 1 folders.
   23,266,592 KB in 10,000 files.
           32 KB in bad sectors.
   26,169,856 KB are available.

       32,768 bytes in each allocation unit.
    1,830,459 total allocation units on disk.
      817,808 allocation units available on disk.

C:\Documents and Settings\lucas>
 
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Hess
Well on the way to the unknown
rm -r /*
lucas's avatar
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lucas
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so i bought a wd 60gb passport external hdd at best buy for $50!

i loaded it up with everything, then i have trouble accessing it. so i run chkdsk from the cli, and it "fixes" it. no files remained, just 20+gb of shit in a found000 folder. ran chkdsk a few more times and each time it found more file fragments.

so i ran the wd diagnotics. the quick scan failed almost immediately. so i ran the extended test. it claims that it fixed the bad sectors. so i wrote zeros to the entire drive; it worked. then i formatted it with fat32. this sucked, though, because i wanted to do a full format, but the windows cli format program can only format up to 32gb partitions. so i had to use a wd utility that only supports a quick format.

i loaded the drive up with my backup files again. we'll see if it crashes again. :/

nice reliable backup disk, huh?
lucas's avatar
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it has been fine until today:

http://www.clanbbw.com/publicimg/data/images/wd_passport.png
 
15 years ago
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Mathew
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I would take that shit back and get a seagate. I have been having problems with western digital.
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dannyp
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I don't know if I want to get that thing..it's on newegg for $70 right now. it seems so kickass other than the problems you mentioned.

Actually, after looking at your recent screenshot larz, I noticed your battery was low. I was going to say that this might be the cause but with that windows power manager you can still have like 30% and have that icon looking like it's super low. Is the disk entirely screwed this time?
lucas's avatar
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lucas
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probably just more bad sectors and all the data lost
dannyp's avatar
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dannyp
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all data in transfer or all data on the disk?
lucas's avatar
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lucas
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probably all data on the disk. at least that's what happened last time.
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dannyp
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dammit.
lucas's avatar
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lucas
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i got an rma and they sent me a new one. it's on its way...

i kinda like the looks of this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Ite … 6822154086

i just gotta remember that this passport only cost me $50. assuming it works this time, it was worth it.
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got my new wd passport 60gb (5400rpm, malaysia).

so it comes in a full retail package, so i'm assuming that it's new. i pull it out and notice that it comes with a couple scratches. cool. stick it in a cotton sock to protect it until i get a case.

i hook it up to my computer and start throwing files on it. suddenly it turns off. then windows says that a usb device exceeded the power limit on the bus. so i go to the windows dialog to reset the usb port. i plug the drive into another port, and immediately upon plugging it in, windows says "device exceeded usb power limit." so i reset, and try my third port. immediately, i get the same error again.

what a joke. what do i do? my usb ports still work for other devices.
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lucas
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so apparently they want me to buy a cable that uses two usb ports to power it. :(
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asemisldkfj
the law is no protection
weird, I've never even heard of a cable like that.

this thing sounds like a POS.
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lucas
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haha.. yeah.

well it requires 650mA and my usb ports only supply 500mA each. which begs the question: why did my last one work fine on here, and why does dp's work fine on his thinkpad?

i'm gonna go test it on a desktop and pray that it doesn't work there either so i can RMA it again, get a new-in-box passport, and sell it on ebay for $50.

what a waste of time
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so i took it to work and plugged it into my desktop computer and.. it didn't power on at all! not even a message about a "usb power surge" from windows. so i guess the drive is simply dead. i got an rma and will ship it back tomorrow.

so now i'm in the maket for an external usb drive. i'm considering buying a wd 12gb passport from costco, but i don't know if i want to risk the same problems.
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s/12gb/120gb

so after reading a bunch of review that say that their 120gb died, and after my experience, i don't think i want to take my chances. plus, i hate how the drive scratches so easily (even though it feels eally solid.

i'm thinking this:
http://froogle.google.com/froogle?q=lacie+301 … ;scoring=p
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lucas
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yeah, i just bought the 120gb rugged lacie at bhphoto for $130.

moderately excited
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lucas
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i should get the lacie external drive tomorrow.

i got scared after reading a bunch of reviews saying that their lacie external drive died on them and that lacie uses maxtor drives. but then i realized that maxtor doesn't make 2.5" form factor drives, so my portable external cannot have a maxtor in it. hopefully it works and never dies.
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lucas
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i retract that statement.. i guess maxtor actually does produce 2.5" drives. :( :( :(
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lucas
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hey, it's a samsung! yeah!
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asemisldkfj
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hurrah! hopefully this one doesn't shit itself. it's pretty sweet-looking, at least.
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lucas
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yeah, it's pretty nicely built, and it came with a power sharing cable.

so far it's working well.
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asemisldkfj
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power sharing meaning a cable that does power over usb, or something else?
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lucas
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yeah, it has an additional cable that connects to the dc power jack on the drive and to a usb port on your computer in case the drive uses more power than one usb port can provide.

maybe i'll buss' pics.
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asemisldkfj
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cool, you should.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem … 0096717864
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lucas
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i just hope that someone doesn't google the ebay item number and find this thread. :o
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lucas
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it's gonna sell! thank god!
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lucas
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sell complete (not DOA). whew.
asemisldkfj's avatar
14 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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I bought a 160 GB WD Passport today. it's pretty slick and I hope I don't have any problems with it!
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14 years ago
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dannyp
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i'm happy with mine!

i just don't know where the damn sleeve went..it should be here somewhere.
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14 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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just took a while on the "creating partition map" step in Disk Utility but after that it seems all right. just copied a gig or so to it.