Due to power trip, my Maxtor harddisk unable to be detected at Windows (both XP & Vista) under ''My Computer'', but able to see the harddisk at ''Device Manager''. Can you please advice what's method or software can help to recover this hard disk.
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Maxtor DiamondMax 11 is a SATA Hardisk and you need SATA External Case. After adding the Harddisk, all you have to do is connect it to the system via the cable of the external case. There is no need for additional drivers/ CD as all the external harddisks are 'plug and play'and the Operating System detects them automatically.
OK the only shot you got is to geta USB to SATA/IDE converter dongle, connect to another PC's USB port. Hopefully, you will be able to read it. Otherwise still plugged in you may be able to use recovery software and get you DATA back. Recover my files is one,
Other freeware data recovery software GL.
If you are using Windows 98 then you have to istalled driver for your external USB HDD.
If you are using Windows XP/Vista then the masstorage drivers for USB HDD is allready installed in your system, as it comes with the OS.
Some time due to conflict or bad contact your system might not read the USB devices:
Be sure that switch is on (if there is any switch in USB HDD).
Try to check the connection.
Try in different USB port.
Also check the USB cable is good.
If still no success try to use in another system and let me know your feed back.
Check the jumper settings on the back of the drive, if this is the primary HD, set it to master, if secondary, set it to slave, if secondary still does not recognize, switch the ide cable so that the two drives are not on the same one.
Is it detectable by your System BIOS ?
If it is detectable, there is two solutions, Hardware one and Software one.
The Hardware one, is to remove the HD's Board and replace it with another one. you only have to unscrew 4 or 5 screws, it's simple.
The software one, is to Get Hiren's Boot CD and use a tool there called MBR Tool. Start it in DOS mode and Press the Recover/Restore MBR.
You should try the software part first. and Before trying anything you should look for cracks or hits (caused by the fall of your HD) on the HD Board or the Body of the HD.