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Can not read the external hard disc.

I am using my external hard disc for a while now and i've stored a lot of important files. Today as I turn on the computer and plugged in the usb from the drive, it is in My Computer folder but with different name and can not be open. When I click on it, new window pops up and it ask for format, so all the files on it will be erased. Please, can u help?
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Two of my Fantom external hard drives do not work. The lights come on, but one makes a clicking sound and the other one no sound. I've checked the power pack and that is not the problem. I don'


Are the drives still under warranty or not? All drives will fail.

If they aren't, break open the case and put the drives into new enclosures or place them in a desktop (if you have extra IDE or SATA connectors available) as secondary drives. You may need adapters if these are portable drives. This will let you see if the enclosure has failed or the drive itself. The one that is clicking may not be usable (clicking usually means a head problem). However, you should be able to recover files. You may need to use a file recovery program, like Recuva, if the drive has lost the partition information.

I hope this helps. If the drives are under warranty, decide if you want to void your warranty. The data will not be recovered under warranty with most external drives.

Cindy Wells
(I've replaced several hard drives when they went bad. By cloning the drive before it fails, I haven't lost data. I've also attempted to rescue data after the failure. I try to back up important data to optical discs as well as flash drives and backup HDDs.)

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How back up your files (data) before doing system restore


<p>1. Use of pre-installed backup tools. Many computers have a backup software installed when you buy (including Time Machine backup and restore for Mac or Windows). These tools are designed to transfer files to various media they create on the computer hard drive or external hard drive, you can prevent a total loss of data is performed. When you open the utility, follow the onscreen instructions to complete the backup. <br /> <p><br /> <p>2. Back up important files on a USB stick or Memory Stick. Insert the stick into a USB port on your computer. Drag the selected files to the disk icon on the desktop (Mac) or PC (Windows) will appear. Flash drives and memory sticks are very mobile and can be stored in small spaces such as basements. Although they generally do not have a capacity of more than a few gigabytes (GB), they are large enough to store your important files. <br /> <p><br /> <p>3. Enter an external hard drive. These external hard drives usually have a very large capacity and can therefore keep most or all files on a disk. Connect the external hard drive via a USB port. You can drag and drop files on your hard disk or use it as a means of backup using a backup utility installed. <br /> <p><br /> <p>4. Burn your important files on a CD-R or DVD-R. an entire hard disk backup can be many slices, so this option is ideal if you want large media files or documents for easy access later. Insert the CD into the CD-ROM and follow the instructions on the screen (for Windows and Mac) to back up and store files. <br /> <p><br /> <p>5. Upload files for storage in the cloud. Services in the Internet cloud storage (like Mozy and drop-down box) are great ways to backup files to the internet access from any Internet enabled device. Important files with sensitive information may only be attached to a back-up cloud services such as Mozy. Clouds, Drop box is ideal for backing up photos, videos and other files less sensitive.<br />

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Recovering your data before reinstall with ubuntu.


If you have lost your password, or if you are unable to start up windows and it seems like you would have to do a fresh install of windows.

In the process you may lose all your files, if the drive is formatted, to avoid that happening download ubuntu and burn it to a cd.

things needed:
  • A working computer w/ cd burning capability
  • 1 empty CD-R disk
  • External hard drive (USB) for backing up your files.
download ubuntu http://www.ubuntu.com/ and burn it to a cd, then start up from the disc and back up your files into the external usb drive. The downloading and burning of the disc, the ubuntu site explains and has everything you need for this task.

Start your machine with the cd, and connect the usb hard drive. if the machine does not start from the cd, confirm that the disc works on another computer and make sure its clean, then check the boot order by following my tip on troubleshooting boot cd issues.

with the cd in the drive and it starts up, take the option to Try ubuntu without any change to your computer.

In ubuntu, it is quite like a windows system, its as simple to use as windows is.

In ubuntu, with the external usb drive connected, on the desktop

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On the top right you have places, from there you can get into your computers hard drive and then on the usb drive, just copy your files from there to the external just like you would do with a windows computer.



Things that you want to back up

documents and settings your user name --- this place contains your personal data in most cases

any other place that you know contains something important.

that is the most important place and that is where most of the files are stored, of course you will know better what and where they are.



Things that you don't want to back up

program files, contains the installed programs of your computer, most of the time it is not a good idea to back up these files as programs need to be reinstalled when a new install of windows is made, since we are not backing up registry entries for the programs they may not work properly.

windows, contains the windows installation very rarely would you have anything important there, ignore it

temp, contains temporary files, unless you stored something important there ignore it.

If you kept something important in the recycle bin you can possibly find a hidden folder of recycler or similar in the drive where you may find some of your files, do not store your content in the recycle bin, it is not a good idea to store anything there.




When you have backed up your files you can do a fresh install of windows, for help in that please see my tips and tricks section for more guidance.

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Try this -
Remove the hard drive from the laptop and connect it to the USB hard drive adapter then connect it to a working computer's USB port. This computer will see the USB hard drive adapter and hard drive as an external storage device, you can then open the folders and files on the hard drive and copy the data files to the computer and to backup your files. If it doesn't work then your luck has run out. There are companies that can recover data from faulty drives BUT it will cost you an arm and a leg for their services.

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if it is a disc type hard drive , then continually moving it around is not good for the delicate workings
if it is dead , replace it with a solid state hard drive which has no moving parts and is a lot more robust

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When you formatted the drive for the Mac, you probably used the HFS format. Windows can only read NTFS or FAT formatted drives. You will need to reformat your external drive again. If you use a FAT32 format, all computers will be able to read the drive (Windows, UNIX and Mac - anyway). Note: the FAT32 option does limit the number of files in each directory and the maximum file size.

First back up any files that you have put on the external drive to another disc (your computer's hard disc, for example).
If you are using the M2 external disc for Time Machine backups, you should partition the drive into two sections. Format one to the FAT32 and the other to HFS.

The Disc Utility in OSX can repartition the drive and reformat it. However, sometimes it doesn't correctly format the new partitions. You may need to do some extra step, see http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~pcarbo/macnexstar.html for one set of reformatting steps. In Windows, there is a similar utitily in the Disk Management Control Panel. (Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Create and format hard disk partitions (Windows 7)) You can only format the disc to FAT or NTFS with the Windows utility.

Some third-party software is available for changing the partitions on a hard drive formatted for Windows use without losing the data on the disc. I do not know if similar programs exist for OSX.

Some versions of Unix have gparted which will also repartion and reformat a hard disc but can't keep the original data on the drive. (I've used the Windows and Unix partition managers, including Paragon Partition Manager which let me keep my original Windows data on the drive.)

I hope this helps.

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