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Data recovery from External Usb Hard Disk

Hi i have a Seagate 40GB external hard disk which was attached with d Usb of my PC, it was working fine but one day i had tried to connect it with my Laptop. 1st it show that a new hardware found n started installing but after few min. it show that ur new hardware was unable to install. after that i had plug it out from my laptop n again connected to my previous Pc but now it not showing conneted to my PC. i tried pluging in diffrent PC but the Hard Disk is Not showing. than i had changed the Cable, Cassing but it doesnt help. 1 THING I WANT TO INFORM U THAT THE HARD DISK IS ROTATING WHEN EVER I AM CONNECTING TO PC BUT ITS NOT SHOWING. Is there any way i can Recover my Data plz help its v v v important. as soon as poss.

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  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2007

    Have Seagate 500GB external hard drive w/USB interface. Power-on indicator does noy light and Device Manager does not recognize unit. Checked power input cable to unit, OK. Tried on second computer but does not recognize. Tried second USB cable but doesn't help.Unit over warranty (barely) and Seagate does not provide repair service.Any help welcome.

  • Woodyuk85 Dec 31, 2007

    Hi. I have a Seagate 500Gb external USB hard drive which is no longer recognised by my laptop or pc when i plug it in and makes a strange noise when plugged in. any tips on how i can get it to work again or recover the data without paying an extortionate fee? It worked for a couple of months and has alot of data on i would like to recover even if the unit is only suitable for scrap.
    Thanks, Woody

  • Anonymous Apr 15, 2008

    Same prob here cept the same thing happened after a friend connected the 500Gb Seagate usb hdd to an Apple when it was formated for an XP PC.

  • Anonymous May 27, 2008

    I am having the same problem as above, hard disk recognised and not even led is glowing on the case, but i am able to listen the motor sound.

    can anybody help me

  • Anonymous Aug 21, 2008


  • blyton Aug 21, 2008

    i have an external hard disk. it was working for more than six months and now suddenly it doesnt work.

    when i connect to my pc the light on the hard disk comes on but it doesnt show in my computer.

    please help.

  • jabird73 Dec 01, 2008

    Same with mine out of a my book essentials. POS... Plain and simple. I am still looking for the driver board throught EBAY. I would imagine that is what is wrong. I took mine out of case, hooked it up to SATA port on MOBO. No help, no recognition. So I will keep looking for a driver board..

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2009

    mine too

  • alkashif Apr 05, 2009

    no disk space



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Im unable to open my External HDD please help me out when i connect my HDD its visible in my computer but when i try to open it showing me this error ~$WN.FAT please help me out Ive my important data on the disk please please this my email please mail me the solution thanks

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Fixya has received a growing number of USB connected Hard disk failures in recent months. It would appear they are a poor backup device, at least over the long term.

A couple of possibilities: First, disassemble the drive enclosure, and check the connections to the drive itself. I've seen one instance where an internal connection was just loose enough to cause a problem.

2. You could try removing the hard disk from the enclosure, and installing it as a second drive in a standard desktop PC. Interfaces must of course match- assuming it is an IDE interface, install it in a desktop with that drive connect system.

Master/slave jumpers must be also set correctly.

After this, using the drive management tool in Computer Management, try mounting the drive.

Beyond this, data recovery could be difficult at best. There are data recovery services available, but such is fairly pricey. You will have to decide just how valuable your missing data is.

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