Dropped my Maxtor 80GB HDD Portable. Recovery advice?
Hi Premium Expert futureloginn, I see you have responded, many thanks, however I can't seem to steer towards your actual response. so far. Yes... I dropped my trusty (?) Maxtor 80-MB HDD Portable, ouch!. It lights up (2 buzzes) but the PC (OS is Vista) doesn't see it. I am in Perth Western Australia. I guess I can kiss the unit goodbye, but what are my reasonably priced options for data recovery, hereabouts or through software perhaps? Any advice most welcome indeed. Still in shock, Roy - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Try going to start then control panel then administrative tools, After that go to computer managerment then disk management if you do not see it there the HDD is shot as it cannot be detected by the computer.
it seems that your harddisk is not dettect or may be your os has failed to boot. turn on your laptop and press f2 to enter system setting check on main field your hdd (ide configuration) is there any hdd installed? if there is no hdd instaled, it means that you need to replace your harddisk with a new one. if there is any hdd now check your boot setting (boot priority), set your first boot in cd room and the second in hdd (in order to make easier instalation if the windows has broken) then save and exit.
There's a possiblity that the problem is with the HDD due to bad sectors, you will need to reimage the HDD or better replaced it just to make sure. By the way, how did you run the recovery disc? You need to boot from the disc itself,try putting in the disc inside the drive then turn off the computer, the turn it back on then keep on tapping F12, some other laptop automatically boot from the disc but others need to choose first the boot sequence, you will see there boot from HDD, ODD, and LAN, you need to choose ODD then press enter, there will be a message saying that you need to press any key immediately, press any key immediately because one you miss that, you will need to start from the scratch again.
Dear uralorhan, Do not worry! just try to see your device manager, START>My Computer>Right click for Propeties>choose HARDWARE tabs and pick the DEVICE MANAGER box. When you saw the yellow mark USB device (Your MAXTOR should connected first), right click on it and choose UNINSTALL... then Confirm by answer YES. Then go up to the device manager tool bar and click on SCAN FOR HARDWARE CHANGES.. Wait ..! and there... you should see the windows installed and prepare your MAXTOR to be ready for use..
Hi I encounter this problem before. one of those 2.5 hdd. The only way to resolve this is to install the recovery cd and thru format the HDD. I know you will lose all your file. So far that is the solution I can provide you. Until now I am looking for a way to resolve this problem with out losing any file and still restore the hard drive. I hope this will help you to restart your laptop and without spending or buying a new hard drive.
Hi there, I have an HP nx6110 and it had a WD 60GB 4200 rpm IDE, I bought a Seagate 80GB IDE Hdd and it worked fine. The only think you should be careful is to check if you need a SATA Hdd or IDE Hdd, but I think it's a SATA.