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Fantom 120 GB harddrive stopped working

I have Fantom 120 GB external harddrive which was working smoothly until yesterday. Last night when I plugged in, it gave an error asking me to format the drive and won't not open the folder.

I get red light on the drive itself. I don't want to format. Is there any repair option to get back drive working. I need to get the data back

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I am not sure if this is a solution, but I am a Mac user and the drive stopped working on my Mac with Leopard (OS 10.5.5) but seems to work fine on Panter (0S 14.4.). I am not sure how to fix this problem, but when I went to an older computer with an older OS, the drive seems to work just fine lik it did... I can't remember if I updated my Firewire or not.

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My problem and my solution
-Fantom Drives 200GB was working correct on desktop which runs Windows XP
-Connected it to a laptop which runs Vista and the drive became undecteable by both platforms. It showed up on Vista's device manager for a hot second and then vanished all together.
-Changed the USB cable and still no go
-Finally, I made the decision to void the warranty by opening it and connecting it directly to my CPU and there it all was. 170GB worth of data. Same as what scott201201 is suggesting above.
-Moral of this story...."Backup your "backup".

Advise. Please make sure to read the warranty on your product you may be able to send it back to the company if it is under waranty. I read on another blog that the miniboard in the case where the usb connects to the device was faulty and needed repair. I know this is the same with mine because it works perfection when connected directly to the desktop.

Good luck techies

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