How come my external hard drive stops being recognized by my computer once I start transferring files?

by on July 22, 2012

Q: My external hard drive stops being recognized by my PC as soon as I try to transfer files… why??

I have this old external hard drive that I hardly use, but have waited far too long to back up on to a new, “good” external hard drive. So I decided to do that recently, but I ran into some problems.
This old external needs to be “jumped” with one of those sata/ide –> usb cables. It was working fine this way for a while, I got probably 60-70% of my files off of it, but now whenever I try to transfer something off of it to my computer or my new hard drive, the computer will just stop recognizing the old HD mid-transfer, and the transfer will be aborted. Then I’ll have to plug it in, retry, retry, retry, and it’s not staying up long enough now for me to even recognize the transfer.

It seems to power up fine and the power does STAY ON this entire time… but just refuses to be read properly by the computer. I’ve tried it on 3 different computers, and it does the same thing on all of them.


One Response to “How come my external hard drive stops being recognized by my computer once I start transferring files?”
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    Sounds like the drive is on its way out. If you can, Pull off all the files possible. If it is a necessity that you get the files off of the drive you may need to send it to a data recovery specialist which can be pretty pricey.