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USB IOGEAR not recognise

Needed to partiton pc HD, into 2 (C,D), then format it in NTFS to re-install Windows SPProfessional and all updates including SP2, Sp3 etc.. When pc starts it doesn't find the USB portable HD with 5yrs of backup files needed . Tried that portable HD onto another PC and that one doesn't recognise it also. Did a Norton System windoctor check and it doen't find any Dos version on the portable HD.
Help don't know what to do anymore.

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  • phoenix1840 May 27, 2009

    Thanks Chris for your input



    I did bring it over to Geek Squad at the nearest computer store (Best Buy); the data was still in the ION USB External HDD. They were able to copy everything onto 4 DVD’S and transfer everything back onto the HD once they re format into NTFS.

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Most portable HDDs show up without drivers being required, so, assuming other drives or USB devices show up the general assumption is that either the circuit board in the enclosure has failed or the HDD has failed.

Assuming it doesn't work on other PCs and that other USB devices do, take the external drive to your local computer shop and ask to have the drive tested and moved into a new enclosure. If the drive is OK then the people at the computer store can simply transfer the drive into a new enclosure and it will work. If it fails testing you will likely need to send the drive to a Pro, I would recommend Armor-IT Data Recovery(listed in the FixYa directory).

You can swap the enclosures yourself if you have basic hand tools and are feeling handy but it might be nice to have the techs at the local shop test the drive.

If you need any further instructions add a comment on this post and included the make and model# of the failed external drive and I will offer further assistance.


Hope this Helps FixYa,


Chris

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