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My iomega 80gb portable hard drive has stopped being recognised by my mac. Have plugged it into a pc and the following messgae appears: WINDOWS-DRIVE NOT READY The drive is not ready for use it's door may be open. Please check drive\device\hardisk\DR5. make sure a disc is inserted and that the drive door is closed. Will the info stored on it be lost? How can I recover it? thanks.

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If the drive will spin and the read/write heads are not damaged you can attach an ide to usb adapter to the drive after you take it out of the case and possibly get the data off of the drive. There are companies that you can have do this but they are expensive. Do a search for data recovery and you'll see how many there are.

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I recently restored to factory settings on my HP laptop.once restored I then input my Iomega drive into the USB port to access some of my saved files.


Just to be on the safe side, why not plug in your iomega drive into another known working computer and see what happens. If it works fine and is properly recognized then the anomaly lies within the software of your laptop.

U might want to contact HP - but be fore warned that they are terrible for support if your unit is "out of warranty." If that is the case I would simply google the anomaly and in all likelihood you will get links that will help you fix it yourself.

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