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My external hard drive is unreadable

My hard drive is unreadable ? I purchased a 1TB Seagate Freeagent and knocked it over, dislodging the usb port from the drive. I purchased a Rosewill hard drive enclose and installed the HD from the Seagate into it.

The 'device manager' program that came with the Seagate flashed 'no drive connected' when I plugged in the USB cable. About 10 minutes later my computer recognized the HD, the usb with green check icon appeared and windows searched for drivers. The drivers were installed and the HD now appears in my device manager.

Device properties show the HD as ST310003 40AS USB Device.

Device type: Disk drives
Manufacturer: (Standard disc drives)
Location: on USB Mass Storage Device

device status: The device is working properly

When I click the Volumes tab, it shows no Disk, Type, Status, Partition Style, Capacity, or anything.

Updating the driver doesn't work. Computer > Manage > Disc Management shows my regular hard drive as Disc 0, and my External as disc 2, but says it's 'unknown' and 'unreadable.'

The properties there show

Disc: Disc 1
Type: Unknown
Status: Unreadable
Partition Style: Not Applicable
Capacity: O MB
Unallocated space: 0 MB
Reserved space: 0 MB

Is there anything I can try to get my computer to recognize the drive?Otherwise I will have to return the external case! I have 400GB of important files, but won't pay for software or data recovery.



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  • mouraalexand Dec 30, 2008

    Thanks for the response zzptichka,

    I couldn't listen to those sounds but the HD is making a strange noise. Every 3 seconds it makes a faint buzzing sound.

  • mouraalexand Dec 30, 2008

    When the noise stopped, the computer recognized the HD, but I still can't get it to show up as the F: drive as it used to be. I doubt it's the enclosure either.

  • Bionicbrain Jan 11, 2009

    I have the same problem as above but i have only used the hard drive 12 times since I got it for my birthday. The light indicates that the hard drive is sleeping about 1 minute after the device is plugged in. My machine makes a noise similar to a cd spinning that goes for about 3sec, at 5 sec intervals. None of the sounds on this site sound like my machine.
    My life is one this hard drive, as is several episodes of True Blood I am yet to watch! Oh the pain of it all...



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Does you drive make any sounds like these? If yes you have a mechanical problem and you should get a specialist to work on it. If not - try to remove the drive from USB casing and connect it directly to your PC or put into another USB enclosure. This should help if the problem is with the enclosure itself and not with the drive. 

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