Hard Disk using Hard-Drive enclosure is recognied as CD-ROM Drive
I bought a new AcomData Hard drive enclosure and am trying to use it to read data from one of my Old computer's Maxtor 200GB internal drive. According to the AcomData instructions, I changed the Maxtor drive configuration to MASTER. But whey I try to plug it with my laptop (with XP and SP2) using the enclosure's USB cord, it is recognized as a CD ROM drive. I have tried following steps to resolve this issue but with no Luck:
1. I have tried chaning the drive letter for this external drive enclosure, thinking that the default drive letter might be conflicting with something. But the problem still remains.
2. I have tried it plugging to a Vista machine and another XP machine with SP3 installed.
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your drive is not being read,
have you set BIOS to boot from CD ROM,
is your CD ROM working,
is your XP CD working
Do the following
1 go to BIOS and re-set to BOOT from CD ROM
2 use another copy of XP/Win98/Vista etc to verify if CR ROM is reading the CDs else...
if you doubt CD ROM drive has a problem....
3 use a USB external CD ROM, and to do that u need to re-set the BIOS to boot from USB CD ROM
Power supply failure. Check the voltage on the 12V and 5V rails of the power supply (a DM-5127?) Make sure that the AC voltage is ZERO. If there is AC ripple current, the enclosure will seem like it should work, but will fail. Best to transfer the drive to a new enclosure if the unit is still under warranty.
Sounds like you've already tried most of the usual steps without success. Based on what you've said the unexpected kicking out of the power has most likely fried one of the circuits. First things first, take the drive to your local PC shop and either have the techs there move the Hard drive inside it to a new enclosure or if you know how buy an enclosure and move it yourself then test the drive in the new enclosure.
If it works you're rocking again, if it doesn't you will need some professional help to recover the lost music. If you need a pro, reply with your location(Country, State, City) and I will advise you as to a facility near you that can handle this type of repair for a reasonable price.
This generally means you have a hardware failure in the drive or enclosure. The simplest way to test which is to have a hardware tech move the drive into a new enclosure and see if it works.
This will void your warranty if you do it, so, if the drive is under warranty and there are no files you consider valuable on the drive, call the manufacturer for warranty support.
If you value the data more than the drive is worth then take it to your local hardware vendor and ask them to test the hard drive in a new enclosure. Good odds it will work this way but if not you may need the help of a data recovery specialist.
In North America I use Armor-IT, if you are in a different region and the new enclosure fails to garner results, comment back with your region(Country, State, City) and I will supply you with the closest reputable facility.
Try a new enclosure, the case is just that. A hard drive cannot actually repaired. You cant open it and fix it. It's either reliable and functioning or not. Purchase a new enclosure and test the old drive. Data recovery should be the last option..most places charge a down payment on a car, and most of the time ( in my 12 years ) its the cheap enclosure.