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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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