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Old May 10, 2012, 05:46 PM
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I don't see any evidence of a drive that's dying, more like the computer doesn't like the stuff between the CPU and the hard disk (USB interface, USB cable, or enclosure). Checking drives for errors with both checkboxes in chkdsk (equivalent to chkdsk /r) is always very slow. It can actually take DAYS if you have a cheap enclosure or somehow the computer reverted to USB 1.1.

Eliminate the possibility of the enclosure or USB interface/cable having issues by connecting the hard drive internally to a PC (e.g. SATA assuming the drive isn't IDE).
Bad enclosures or USB cables can do these kinds of things, so can attaching a hard drive through a hub or extender.

If you can attach the drive inside a computer then there's a lot of tools you can use depending on what kind of drive it is:
e.g. Seagate - Seatools: SeaTools | Seagate
W.D. - Data lifeguard diagnostic: WD Support / Downloads / SATA & SAS / WD Caviar Blue / SE / SE16 (SATA II)
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