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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Your drive definitely needs to be sent into the manufacturer for repair. Unfortunately the only way to salvage your data is to send it into a data recovery specialist. They generally charge $500-1500 to repair the drive and salvage your data based off how much data you have and what is wrong with the drive.
Before you change the 80 GB Hard Drive you can take the backup of your hard drive to the External Hard Drive or if you have any sata case so you put your new hard Drive in the sata case and make 2-3 partitions in the new drive and copy your data in the new hard drive except in first partition which will be primary C Drive for your laptop and will replace data when you install windows in it. after the windows is installed and your data is verified in your new hard drive you can clear your old hard Drive or use it as an External Hard Drive (as you like )
2nd thing which is more safer and reliable is that you make backup CD/DVDs for your data before proceed to formatting or even changing hard drives, it will be very useful and helpful for any unforeseen data loss
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Install it another computer which is running well.If your Hdd run well in that computer ,change the USB cable .If the HDD can not run in another pc you think, you have lost data.Because that Hdd cant run any more. If the problem is same. follow the step R_click on my computer>Properties>Hardware>Device manager>uninstall all the usb hub ,one after one . After UN install all the usb, restart your PC . If the problem , is same as before , Insert your OS in the cd tray > press Win key + R>type sfc /scannow (please take a space between sfc and front slash)>hit enter .Again you will restart the PC. If the problem is same please change the Hard disk.
Hello, Install it another computer which is running well.If your Hdd run well in that computer ,change the USB cable .If the HDD can not run in another pc you think, you have lost data.Because that Hdd cant run any more. If the problem is same. follow the step R_click on my computer>Properties>Hardware>Device manager>uninstall all the usb ,one after one . After UN install all the usb restart your PC . If the problem same as before , Insert your OS in the cd tray > press Win key + R>type sfc /scannow(please take a space between sfc and front slash)>hit enter .Again you will restart the PC.
CS means Cable Select .Parallel data cable have two conectors.If you set jumper set on CS ,in this way ,example,you have two HDD when you plug parallel data cable in middle connector ,1 Hard drive working like Master ,2 HDD work like slave,if you plug in last connector First HDD working like slave,second HDD Master.
1, switch off computer 2. remove side (usually two screws on the back held it) 3. remove and then re-insert power cable from hdd 4. remove and re-insert data cable, from hdd as well as from m/b 5. start computer and hold your fingers on the top of the affected hdd, if you feel vibrations, this meant that driver is spinning and therefore rescue can be attempted at home. 6. research and purchase hdd recovery software, follow it's instruction and save data on another medium, be it another hdd or cd's dvd's.
if there is no spin, recovery is still possible but in specialist lab and will cost more money....
always back-up your data, second hdd is much cheaper than data recovery from existing one...
OK the only shot you got is to geta USB to SATA/IDE converter dongle, connect to another PC's USB port. Hopefully, you will be able to read it. Otherwise still plugged in you may be able to use recovery software and get you DATA back. Recover my files is one,
Other freeware data recovery software GL.
ok for one your computer no matter what OS you are using stores no drive letter , a drive letter is only given in the order as it is installed on your system for example if you use 2 internal HDD and one external HDD your computers C: drive will be the master the F: will be the slave and the external will be G: , now if you have changed the order of the drives from your last OS then it will conflict to the last drive letter given , your unit will know what letter it was given so it must be in the same location for the new OS , there is also the possibility that Windows 7 doesn't support the driver for that unit , you can try hooking it up to another computer retrieving your data , then hooking it back up to windows 7 run its software , then installing the data back into your HDD