If the broken piece is internal and rattling around, it is most likely terminal and you need to replace the hard drive, if it is an external part or a connector you may try a computer shop to see if it can be repaired, but more than likely that will cost more than replacing the drive, but they may be able to recover any data that is on it
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If the drive itself is bad then you are out of luck. However, it might be possible that the drive controller is bad and if you take out drive from the enclosure you will be able to salvage the drive. It most probably has a SATA drive so if you have a fairly new (like 3/4 years old) desktop computer you can put that drive inside it.
If it is the external hard drive enclosure that is broken then yes. But if it is the hard drive itself that is broken then no.
From what happened I'm thinking that it is the external hard drive enclosure that is broken. That being said, you can easily buy one without the hard drive online. When doing this be sure you know what kind of hard drive is in your Maxtor enclosure. This is important because you need to be sure that your hard drive and enclosure are compatible. Check to see if it uses SATA, ATA, or PATA connectors and then buy the corresponding external hard drive enclosure.
Once you have bought your new empty external hard drive enclosure, it is simply a matter of opening up your Maxtor enclosure and moving the hard drive inside to your newly purchased enclosure and connecting it to your computer.
To avoid problems like this in the future, look into "cloud based storage" to back up all of your data securely online.
Probably not the right answer for your problem. Mine is an external 1 TB Simple Drive. Mine wouldn't respond at all. I unplugged the power cable from the back of the hard drive and replugged it in and instantly it worked. I had tried rebooting the computer, plugging/unplugging over and over into the computer and that didn't work.
Will replacing the data-cable replace the broken-off piece?
If not, then for about $30, you can buy a new "empty" external case, and then "transplant" your current disk-space into the new case.
Take your current external drive to the computer-store, so that the new case that you buy will be the correct case for your existing disk-drive.
Of course, because you have a "small" (100GB) disk-drive, any warranty for the disk-drive probably has expired, and it would be good "preventative-maintenance" to buy a new external disk-drive, before your current disk-drive unexpectedly "quits" on you.
Sorry, Maxtor prog on poota is currupted. Have you recently downloaded programmes? When updating, some progs have a nasty side-effct of hitting some other programmes, not all the time,just your important ones?
You will have to uninstall and reinstall Maxtor prog, Not sure there might be a repair facility, not sure but it worth a try before uninstalling all.
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This is definitaly the drive itself that is close to or totally gone. You can send it into a data recovery center to have your pics taken off the drive but this can be expenive to do and it may not be possible depending on how the drive failed.