Ok. I have been trying for weeks to try and fix or save the data on my Full 500GB External hard drive and have had extremely little success but lots of failure. So I turn to the internet so others who have more experience and hopefully some answers can help me out. I will try and provide as much information as possible so that no details get left out. If I forget something that might be relevant however don’t hesitate to ask I really, really, want to get the videos from my drive. Ok so here we go. I have a Western Digital 500GB External Hard drive that I finally filled about a month ago. After words I started getting a message on the computer it is connected to (PC Windows XP) that the drive was full or low on space. Since it was an external and I had two more externals to put information on I was not worried about it. A few weeks later after turning on my computer my drives started to disconnect and then reconnect every once and a while from my computer, I could hear the plug and play sound ding as if I had just plugged in a new USB device (Drive is USB powered) then the ding like it had been unplugged. The dings would stop if I unplugged all my drives and tried to access one at a time. I would also get an occasional write failure notification. At first I thought it was my computer acting up because it’s not the newest computer 5+ years old (still reliable though), its custom built so I thought maybe my USB plugs might have not been getting enough power. I went into my computer settings and made sure that the computer was not allowing the USB drives to allocate power to my USB devices, making sure all my drives were getting enough power. Any who my F: drive started to connect and disconnect back to back over and over about 8 times before disconnecting completely. I started to read forums and found out that my power cord might be going bad. Fortunately for me I have two more drives so just swapped the power cord from one of these and it worked for a few min, and then stopped. I found another power cord and tried that as well; the light on the drive turned on and would blink for a few seconds then turn off. After switching and trying all the power and USB cords I could find I came to the conclusion that my computer was fine and cords were fine it was the drive. So again I hit the internet and the forums. Since I could plug in the drive and hear it connect and disconnect some forums suggested that it was my hard drive encasing. Note: a lot of forums also suggested trying it internally but I don’t have SATA internally only ATA. So… I started researching external encasings online. After making the mistake of purchasing some ATA encasings instead of SATA encasings on accident, I got hold of an Antec SATA encasing (pretty fancy by the way but should be for 70$). Well I took my drive out of my Western Digital encasing (the warranty has been over for about a month, go figure) and put it into my Antec. When I connect it with the new encasing I get the ding for connect and immediately after the ding for disconnect. Grrr I plugged it into my laptop and get the same thing, other PC same thing. When I plug it in I can see it pop up on My Computer next to my internal hard drive for about ½ a second before it disconnects. If I play with turning it on and off a few times sometimes I can get it to show in my Device Manager (not in my computer though). My Computer>Manage does not work. I started researching other possibilities online and found a program called TestDisk when I got my drive to show in my laptops Device Manager I was able to pickup the drive and see its information “Drive F: - 500GB/465GiB – WDC WD50 00AASS – 22YFA0” I was hoping that the program could fix the drive but so far after fiddling with it. Nada. I am running out of ideas. I have 500GB of information that took a great many hours to collect and store. None of its business or anything just a ton of video mostly, so it’s not worth me paying a TON of money for a data recovery center or business to save my information. But if I can fix it I will. 500GB is very, very, very worth it to me. I have a feeling that I am going to want to access some of the info stored and find out it’s on my F drive. Any who… Any and ALL help is appreciated. As well as any questions about the information that I might have forgotten to include. Oh I forgot my drives not making any weird noises and heats up a little while in use so I know its spinning, tried the freezing technique, didn’t work, its also plugged directly into my devices not hubs or power strips. I might try the freezing technique again tonight. If I can just salvage the drive information I would be happy. Thanks to everyone who has any ideas on how I might fix my problem I anxiously look forward to reading your suggestions and ideas.