I have an iomega external hard drive (part number 31769700; model LPHD-UP; serial number 87ak34e684.
I've used the hard drive as a back-up before and it currently has data on it, however;...
I am afraid I have some bad news, whenever I have had a drive which failed to format, it turned out to be faulty, however there is one thing you could try, which "shouldn't" be destructive. Find a windows xp boot disk=c and boot from that, dont install, but go to the recovery console. You should get what looks like a command prompt, from here type: format /mbr
what this does is clear and format the master boot record. If this fails as well then I reckon your drive is poorly. another thing you could try would be to dismantle the drive casing and install the drive directly into your pc as a seconday drive and try to access the data that way. If it is the circuitry in the caddy that has the fault then the drive should work this way. If the drive is faulty, it is possible that it will stop your machine from booting. If this is the case, remove the drive to boot your machine. I would at this point contact the manufacturer and see if there is any way they can recover the data (although they do tend to charge quite a bit for this) lastly if you dont want to go through the manufacturer, examine the drive and search the internet for a controller board for the exact same model of drive. This may then allow you access to the data.
Hope I have been of some help
May 06, 2011 |
Computers & Internet