One of my 60GB D740X drives just bit the big one. It happened very suddenly yesterday. I managed to recover some of the data but I'm still out of about 20GB of recording sessions. Can't wait to tell the bands.
Here's how it happened (in point form):
USB 1.1 Flash Card reader and USB 2.0 HD both plugged in.
Unplugged Flashcard reader without unmounting.
Windows (2000) error message: "Don't do that"
Plugged Flash Card reader back in to unmount properly but accidentally unmounted USB HD instead.
Turned off HD
Unmounted Flahscard reader and Unplugged.
Turned back on HD
Error: "Drive Not Formatted. Format?"
Shut down computer and removed HD from USB enclosure
Connected HD to IDE channel.
Windows takes forever to boot
Finally in Windows, drive is accessible but some folders not accessible due to I/O error
Salvaged what I could
Windows still boots slow, drive recognized, now all folders are accessible, start copying remaining data but I/O error cuts operation short
Reboot computer and forget to skip Windows' diagnostics. Windows "fixes" bad drive - Now folders still visible but data no longer accessible
Spinrite reports 33hr job time. Waiting till weekend.
In case anyone's curious, I put a mic to the drive and recorded it making this sound as it tried to access certain sectors. Disregard the tone change midway through the recording -- I was moving the mic.
Sounds like physical damage, huh? I guess data recovery software is out of the question (but I'll still try Spinrite).
Now a question: does it seem more likely that the drive was damaged somehow by the USB plugging described above, or due to the fact that it was always on the move in my napsack? I will add that I was not unduly rough in handling and trasporting the drive in its enclosure.