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    kind of as the title states my external drive containing all my sample library and software install files and DJTT ableton sound packs has decided to corrupt itself on me and ive forgotten half the sample libraries ive paid for over time so would love to find someway of recovering the data if possible.

    system is OSX 10.7.5
    drive is a 1TB usb3 WD mypassport

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    close thread the drive is totally unusable time to rebuild my libraries all over again

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    How do you k lw the dri e is totally dead…?

    Where there is a will there is a way.

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    ive used 6 recovery programs on the drive none finds a single file but finds multiple bad sectors, i cut my loses and tried to just reformat the drive and disk utility returned a failure in formating and partitioning it

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    Bad times.

    I assume you'll know to buy TWO external HDD's next time...

    Shame you had to learn this the hard way.
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    nah just gonna remember to not rely on external drives ive got an older WD my passport which is still running sweet as anything just gonna make sure from now on i keep multiple copies of everything important just sucks ive lost so much data i had loads of samples and i cant remember where most of them came from so cant regain them for anything but such is life

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    It'll happen again, mate. You can bet on it.

    Storage is so damn cheap these days it's not worth the risk.

    I would cry if one of my drives died without a backed-up copy.
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    yeah dont worry im gonna make sure i back up and back up again in future and prob gonna go desktop external over portable too

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    just to add insult to injury one of my 3 desktop drives requires repairing to some degree and my OS on that machine doesnt have the recovery partition so i cant perform it myself just hope an apple store will be nice to me or that i can afford to replace and clone the drive before it stops working aswell

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    Major bummer to lose that data, although with so many gigs of legit free sound packs available and easier ways to write drum loops these days you'll be ok. I've just changed computer for he fourth time in as many years, after numerous upgrades and reformatting debacles.

    Anyhow 'mega' offers 50gb of cloud storage for free. Could be worth looking into....
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