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Computer Appears to Be Corrupting Superblock?

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http://askubuntu.com – I am running Ubuntu 12.10 on one of my older laptops (Dell Mini 10V, modified with a Western Digital 640GB drive). I use it to keep a lot of documents (and pictures) on... I have kept it backed up via an external HD (Western Digital 1TB 2.5” drive). Recently, it quit being able to copy all the folders to the external drive. Then external drive appeared to become corrupted. It wouldn’t either remount on the Linux laptop, or mount on any other computer. I reformatted, but it happened over and over again. It would initially mount, then stop. I tried it formatted to EXT3, EXT2, FAT32, (HowTos)