I was working with my ext hard drive and the dog accidently knocked it off the table now i can access anything in. i even took it apart and tried plugin the hard drive into my desk top and still nothing. is it broke or is there any way to get my info off the hard drive.
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Re: acomodata external hard drive
Hi mona try to go to disk management if its connected to pc but your way of writing makes me feel u are a mac owner so please go to the finder in mac and type diskutilities once open disk utilites and if u can find yoour hdd on your left hand side justclick on it and say diagnese and repair if in pc go to manage disk management and check the hdd is there if available just see whats the status showing there if shows forigen just right click on the messge and say rimport forign disk
if shows unallocated u can realocate by right clicking but wait if so first truy to back up your important data by using easy recovery or so softwares and then realocate it cauz realocating a hdd is danagerous ..
and if shows helth and dosent appears a drive letter for it just right click and add a drive letter.
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You unplugged it when data was still written on it so it was corrupted. Some files are still recoverable so use http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/smart-recovery.shtml to get them.
You may want to open the drive and check the internal connections first to make sure none came loose after you have powered it down.
I devised these simple steps that tend to remedy quite a few issues with most USB portable / external hard drives and devices (though not always)
A few things to check but assumes USB and Windows for other interfaces / operating systems (mac/ Linux) similar steps may be adapted to suit.
1. Ensure it is connected directly to the computer to a USB 2.0 port not a USB 1.0 port as this can have effects on performance and reliability
2. Use only the cables that came with it NOT one that fits that may have been lying around or is longer. Not all USB cables are equal even though they should be)
3. Do not connect through an external USB HUB unless that hub is USB 2.0 AND has its own power supply.
4. Use ONLY the power supply that came with it if it has an external power supply Don’t use any other unless you know it has both the same voltage and current rating e.g. 12V 500mA anything rated below that would not work properly.
5. Always use the same port for connecting your devices. Some devices do not like being switched about. If switched they may want to install software / drivers again. This can be especially true if you move a HUB to another port
If you checked and fixed anything there and still have issues then check your hardware from CONTROL PANEL / SYSTEM / HARDWARE.
Any exclamation marks by hardware need fixing before you investigate any further USB flash drives can fail for no apparent reason. Sandisk Cruzers are especially bad for this.
USB hard drives should be treated with extreme care. this is a real hard drive and knocks and bumps can quite literally kill them.
If a drive is CLICKING after an accident there is a very strong possibility that it is dead or dying. This is known as the "click of death".
Sorry but its dead.When a hardisk falls down and it gives scrathing noises and is not recognized there isn't anything you can do anymore.I know there are companies specializing in data recovery but there not cheap.Usely they rebuild the harddisk.
Whether your computer is a laptop or desktop does not inherently decide if the drive will work or not. If it can't see the connection, there must be another problem with the drive. I would suggest reporting what you have done to try and make it work and anything you notice out of the ordinary (how lights on the drive are acting, noises the drive is making, alerts you see when you plug it into your laptop, etc). That will allow us to better help you find a solution to the problem.