It now makes a beeping noise like a mobile phone dead tone and is not recoginsed by either my Mac or PC.
my maxtor 640gig one touch 4 external hard drive is not being recognized on my laptop, and is making a strange beeping noise
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Re: Maxtor 3200 beeps but doesn't work
The heads are riding on the platers. The drive is dead and not worth trying to fix. If there is data on it that you simply can not lose do a google search for "data recovery failed harddrive". The rule of thumb for a decent lad that can do this is price, if it costs less then 75$ per meg they probably are not that good.
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how old is it?? you really should have the ex-HDD ejected using the "remove usb device" radio button located in the taskbar by the clock. you can corrupt the drive by not removing it correctly. if the HDD makes loud grinding noises.., then it is a head crash which is attached to the armature in the drive.and its no good. but..i could be wrong..i would need to see it firsthand to confirm that it is dead. take it to your local computer shop to have them look at it. let us know whats going on with it....i hope i have been of assistance
All hard drives are about as delicate as an egg when they're running. It's dead. You can pay a data recovery company to retrieve what little of the data is still intact, but it will cost you a lot of money - not worth it unless there's something particularely precious on it.
Whether the beep is an actual speaker inside the drive that beeps when a serious error is detected, or if it is just a side-effect of the heads scraping on the platters, is of little importance.
For your next drive, buy a good one. I buy almost exclusively from Seagate and WD. Maxtor just doesn't make good hard drives.