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Repaired External HD.. can I restore it and use it safely?


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Hello,

Recently my 1TB Western Digital My Passport external hard drive wouldn't show up in Finder. I opened up disk utility and ran a repair on it. Here's the image I recieved:



I was able to get all my files off of the external hard drive safely and intact. However, my question is: If I restore it and clear everything off the external HD will I be able to safely use it without an issue? Or am I going to need to do something else before I can safely use it again.

If anyone knows anything to help please let me know!
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Welcome to the forums.

It's impossible to say what caused the errors you saw (unless you know it's been dropped etc).

You can format the disk and use it. However, I wouldn't personally put anything of value or anything you don't have backed up elsewhere on it. Without knowing the cause of the error it's impossible to say it won't happen again

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^^^ What he said - I toss most of mine when I get a problem - they're too cheap nowadays to take a chance.

Since you've recovered your data, try re-partitioning/format the drive and run Repair on it again.
If you use it, I'd watch it.

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I agree with my colleagues. To be honest, I would probably toss that drive and just replace it with a new one. However, keep in mind that WD warrants their drives (I believe for 3 years) so you may be entitled to an RMA and replacement drive. Don't throw it away without contacting them first.
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And WD is quite good at replacing drives during warranty. With a CC number, I've had my replacement drives arrive in 1-2 days from initial email to them.

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Thanks so much everyone! I've only had it for a little bit over a year so I'll contact WD and see what they tell me.
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