2 TB external HD does not mount any more. How to save it's data?

Kevin O'Gorman kogorman at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 16:12:49 UTC 2014

I have a similar vulnerability, since my backups are all to large external
drives.  They are connected only when actively backing up, so they last a
long time, but nothing is forever.

My protection is that there are several of them, and I use them in
rotation.  That way, if one goes dead I still have newer or older backups.
If one goes flakey, I have a place to copy its data.

I use these drives, and home-brewed Linux scripts, even on my Windows
machines.  This has the advantage that the toolchain is all open-source,
and I know what I've got and the format is never going to become obsolete.

I recommend this approach.

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 7:24 AM, compdoc <compdoc at hotrodpc.com> wrote:
> > It is crystal clear to me that the device needs to be reformatted in
> order to get it functional again.
> There's a good chance the drive is dead. If possible, use the smartctl -a
> command to view what's going on with the drive. However, in order to see
> SMART info, it has to be enabled in the computer's bios.
> Drive's should never require occasional formatting to make them work.
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