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Topic # 84695 5-Jun-2011 20:45
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Over the last few days, I've been trying to find a linux distro that plays nice with my hardware, installing to my WD Elements 1.0TB external HD.
I tried a fresh install of the current Sabayon on to my USB HDD (Western Digital Elements 1TB). I chose 'replace existing Linux installation' because I wanted it to overwrite a previous installation.
All seemed to be going well until an" unexpected error" box popped up and it said that the entire drive had to be reinitialised - this despite the fact that the Linux install was only in 350MB of the drive.
I accepted the option to abort, as it said that reinitialising would wipe all the data, but then found that something had gone seriously wrong.
First, my PC wouldn't boot with the USB drive installed.Then, after shutting the PC down and booting into Windows 7 64 Pro without the USB drive installed, I found that the drive was not recognised by Windows when I plugged it in.
It first said "attempting to install the driver software failed" then the next time, listed it as unrecognised device, then subsequently, nothing at all.
Now, the drive light is constantly flickering on itbut Windows 7 (and Vista on my laptop) just act like nothing's happened if I connect it.
I'm not worried about the data, as everything on it, bar a half dozen jpegs, is also on my main HD, but is there any way to get my drive back - in any operating system?

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  Reply # 482686 18-Jun-2011 21:51
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It's also possible that the enclosure is dead, but the HDD is still working, but the reverse could be true too, or even both are dead (less likely).

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  Reply # 482730 19-Jun-2011 09:00
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Could you try a "Live" linux distro (eg Knoppix) to see if that can see the drive?

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  Reply # 482886 19-Jun-2011 19:42
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Have had that happen on one of my older WD drives, and it was the low quality AC adapter they supplied. Using one that came with a newer drive and it worked fine.




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