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Exterenal harddrive unreadable

I've a 250GB tosiba external harddrive which after trying to defragment computer reset and now I cant access files from it. No icon in my computer.In computer managment disk 2 reads unknown unreadable. tried the freezer trick got cypres AT2LP RC58 message once.Any one know anyway to get HD working so I can get my important files back.also data recovery software cant read it and running vista.Any excpert advise please.

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Please try it on another computer and see if you get the same results.

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Lacie External Drive won't turn on (blue Light doesn't go on)


Inside the LaCie D2 250GB (300770) external harddrive's case, is a 250GB IDE (PATA) harddrive that is 3.5 inches across in width.

A desktop computer sized harddrive. (May be a Western Digital WD25000JB)

The harddrive plugs into a small circuit board, (Bridge board), and the circuit board has a USB port on it.

Using this Western Digital Passport for an example,

http://www.xbitlabs.com/misc/picture/?src=/images/storage/wd-passport-250gb/p3.jpg&1=1

Scroll down to the second photo, and left-click on it. The case of the external harddrive is shown open.
Inside is a 2.5 inch laptop sized harddrive.
An aluminum tape strip covers the small circuit board, attached at the back of the harddrive.

The second photo down on this page, shows you the small interface circuit board, that the harddrive plugs into, with the aluminum tape removed.

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/storage/display/wd-passport-250gb_2.html

(Another design has wires coming from the small circuit board, to an interface the harddrive plugs into )

It is this small circuit board that goes bad in a LaCie. QUITE common.

Solution?

Simple.
1) Obtain a 3.5 inch IDE external enclosure
2) Remove the 3.5 IDE harddrive from the LaCie's case.
3) Install the harddrive out of the LaCie into the external 3.5 IDE enclosure.

An example of a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1733195&CatId=2779

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joecoolvette

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1. Try to use a different USB Cable and test. 2. Open the external harddrive and replace the disk with a spare one or working one. Then test if it connects. a. If it does not connect then the problem is the electronic board of the external harddrive. Buy a Harddrive enclosure so as you could still use and retrieve your valuable data. Or slave the drive on your desktop computer and see if its connect. b. If it connects then you have a faulty harddrive. I hope you have a backup of what you have there.

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take your harddrive to someone who has a linux operating system. have them open terminal and perform a dmesg. if the linux system recognizes the harddrive, have them perform a mount. if unsucessful have them perform a foced filesystem fix. then have them attempt to mount the clean filesystem if this is a nogo, your harddrive is deader than dead. if the linux user can mount the filesystem, he or she can pull your data and save your life. if not, then uhh you lost your data im afraid.

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Hi,

it does sound like the Hard drive enclosures circuit board may be the problem, there are ways to get the data off that will void your warranty, or there are services you can send it to who will get your data back for you and then replace it.

Let me know what your preference is and I can assist you either way.


Chris

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E:/ Access is Denied


this might start by some virus which have put an autorun file on ur harddrive. the best option to fix this problem is just format the harddrive or the partion on which u r having this problem. or else u have to searchon ur harddrive that weather there is any autorun.ini file is prset or not if it is there then just delete it.

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My External USB 250hard drive shows error Drive is not accessible


You most likely need to delete the partition on your external hard drive, then create a new one and format it again. You will lose the data on your external hard drive.
1. Go to the Control Panel, click on Administrative Tools, click on Computer Management, then Disk Management. (You will need Administrators rights to carry out the following tasks)
2. On the lower Right Panel select the External drive, this will be displayed as Disk 1, Right click on this drive (MAKE SURE YOU DON"T SELECT THE C: DRIVE which will be displayed as Disk 0)
and then Delete the partition.
3. This drive should then be Unallocated, Right Click on this drive and create a New Partition.
4. Then select Primary partition.
5. Check that the maxium disk size matches close to 240000(MB) you about 10+MB in the formating process
6. Click Assign the following drive letter (let the computer select this.
7. Chick Format the partition with the following settings
File System = NTFS
Allocatin unir size = Default
Volume label = "name of your choice eg. BACHUP DATA"
DON'T TICK Perform a quick format & Enable file & folder compression
8. Click Finish

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Blue screen means hardware problem, Try to defrag your hardware possible bad sector problem. Just follow the procedure as follow: Click Start> Programs>Accessories>Disk Deframenter.

After opening fragment's system select the drive by highlighted the available drive and click defragment button. Just wait until done. It will automatically fix the bad sector if not so critical.

If the problem persist during the defragment, there is a critical problem with your harddrive.

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