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I been using this before on back-up, but when I plugged it again, it goes like this, what should I do? enter image description here

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Is it Western Digital. Also post output of sudo smartctl -HA /dev/sdb – atenz Jul 4 '12 at 5:10
Well do you have it covered under Warranty , then replace it , i trust SMART tool. [ note: try formatting to your favoured format and Unplug and plug , do a smart scan and check again.] – atenz Jul 4 '12 at 5:21
How old is the drive? Is making any clicking noise, or any other noise? – Mitch Jul 4 '12 at 6:11
1st, thanks for helping me, the drive is almost 1 and half year old, I tried the SMART scans but keeps on popping the examine windows, although I already saved the files to other disk, and do formatting but still nothings happen. no clicking sound noise either.. (sorry for my Bad English). – obetus Jul 5 '12 at 0:50
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Turn the machine off, go buy a USB HD if your don't have one and copy everything of value that is on the disk.

As a commenter tijybba said above, you can try formatting the drive and plugging and unplugging the drive from the motherboard (edit: I see now from the image it's connected via USB so that's probably a no-go), although it is really unlikely that this will fix the error. SMART Tests not succeeding usually means just what you would expect: the disk will be toast soon.

You might want to check which tests are failing by clicking the SMART Data button and scrolling through the list: Disk Util Image

This answer has a good explanation of the tests and which ones are important.

Please be advised that I have never had a hard drive last for long when SMART tests began to fail. I recommend you replace with a new HD ASAP.

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thanks, I made a tests but still get the examine windows, better to take your advice to get new HD. – obetus Jul 5 '12 at 0:55

I hate to be telling you this, but you need a new hard drive.

Here are things that you can try:

  1. Try to clone it. Clonezilla is a good starting point. Hopefully you will be able to clone the drive.
  2. If the data on the drive is important, you may want to find a data recovery company,to be able to get your data back.
  3. You can use rsync to copy everything, file by file, to the same destination on another disk. Then you can partition, and format the way it was before.
  4. Image the disk to another one big enough, as image file. Use dd or dd-rescue.
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thanks for advice, I will try this... – obetus Jul 5 '12 at 0:52

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