Dropped my Maxtor 80GB USB HDD, ouch. Salvage my data?
Dropped my Maxtor 80GB USB HDD, ouch. Seems to start (lights up ...but 2 buzzes) but the PC (OS is Vista) doesn't see it. I am in Perth, Western Australia. Advice please! - I am feeling I must say goodbye to the unit ...but who do I turn to for data recovery?
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Check out Maxtor for analysis tools and referrals of course. There are books out there on exactly what to do, but of course there are also firms who will offer to recover data you didn't back up for a price (ca. $400, say; it's not wild competition there, somehow.)
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This type of shutdown problem occurs mainly due to following few reasons,
1) SMPS problem
2) RAM failure
3) Over heated mother board chip(s) or seldom over heated CPU
4) Virus or worm problem or OS problem.
5) Over heated power cords
Do the following steps one by one (to detect the exact source of problem)
First replace the CMOS battery, change SMPS, check power cord, run the PC directly (without UPS), remove the data cable from hdd.
if it runs well then set the data cable with hdd, if it does not work then definitely there is mother board/cpu problem. And if it creates same problem after fitting the data cable - change the hdd or format hdd and reinstall os. your problem would be solved.
These USB external drives doesn't need any drivers at all if you have windows 2000/xp/vista, I suggest you to try some other USB ports if the one you tried doesn't work. Or if you are using an USB hub than try it out without it, and maybe a different or shorter cable could be the solution if it's still not good. If after all this the drive is still wrong try it out on a different PC and see what'll happen.
You can use any size HDD in your computer as a slave and it does not have to be an exact match for the maxtor. You will however need the make sure that the connections on the new drive match. For example SATA drives will not attache to an IDE cable and vice versa. The drive that you mentioned is an IDE style drive so unless your MOBO has SATA connectors on it you will need to buy an IDE/EIDE drive.