Question about Seagate Free Agent Go Small 12 GB USB External HD ST600121GSA1E1-RK USB 2.0 Hard Drive

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I reformatted my C: drive and ever since Windows will not recognize my Seagate External Free Agent hard drive. It shows up under ?My Computer? as Removable Disk (I: )? It used to be listed as Seagate Free Agent (I: ). When I go to explore I get a message telling me to insert a disk. Usually when the device is connected, Windows XP brings up the message box asking what to open the disk with. It no longer does that. The disk shows up in Device Manager and says it is working fine. When go to Manage from My Computer and select Disk Management., Seagate shows up but without it?s letter. When you right click on the device to change the path, it only says Help instead options. Also, in Disk Management, it designates disk 2 as removable disk II) and disk 3 is Seagate Free Agent with no letter designation. I have all of my backup software, programs, mail backup, artwork and data on this drive and sadly did not back it up. I need to access this drive. Please, can you help my to get windows XP to connect to the device? I have tried a gazillion suggestions and nothing has worked.

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  • JesMe Jan 10, 2009

    Thanks so much. I have tried it on another computer with the same nasty results. I can access the data through a recovery program called GetitBack. i am trying to find something a little bit cheaper. I am just glad that the data is still in tact. Once I get the data, I will try your suggestion.... Thanx :)

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Try connecting it to another computer. If you can see your data then back it up etc.
After you have recovered your data connect it to your computer, from Disk Manager, remove the partition, recreate it again and then format the drive, hopefully your external drive will be operational again.
There is a possibility that the hard disk has died and you will have lost your data. If you are desparate, hard drive data recovery companies charge an arm and a leg to recover data from dead drives.

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