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Corrupt External Hard Drive not detected

Hi i cannot detect my external hard drive which is connected to my laptop

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  • Maverick8482 Oct 19, 2008

    Hi folks!
    My seagate drive (external 500GB) is just 10 months old. It worked fine for 6 months and all of a sudden my computer (and other computers as well) stopped recognizing the drive. For the past 3 months I've been getting lucky once in a while after I plug-unplug my drive for 3-5 times. But since yesterday I could not get it work even that way.
    This drive sucks.

    If anyone knows how to fix it, please let me know.

  • kikkivipul Oct 24, 2008

    I have similar kind of problem ,I have segate 80 GB ,It had been working fine but one day it suddenly stopped getting detected by laptop and desktop computer, I have also tried it on diff Machines but no result found.it contains useful data,which i do not want to loose at all.Please suggest..i am really pissed off by it.



    :-(

  • speters 421 Nov 30, 2008

    Have Vista Business. Worked for a month and is now not being detected.

  • glayne Dec 26, 2008

    I have a Seagate FreeAgent Pro external hard drive. I have had it almost a year. Yesterday I rebooted my machine. Since then, I have not been able to get the drive detected by my main computer or laptop.

  • chiaro Jan 26, 2009

    I have the same issue. I realized that after the drive cools down for a while, the computer will recognize the drive again until it heats up again.



    So each time it stops being recognized, I unplug the drive and set it next to a fan. After a while, I plug it back in and it works.



    Not really a long term solution. Not sure how to fix it. I'm looking for a different product now.

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A bit late for a reply to this, but I finally found a cure that worked so I thought I’d throw it out there in case it helps someone down the line….
This worked for my XP (SP3) machine and is a bit technical. Do not attempt if you're not sure of what you're doing.

My drive is a Seagate 160GB (ST3160203UR-RK) with similar symptoms. I’ve tried ALL the “usual” recommendations to fix this - plugging into different PCs, different USB cable, going into Windows Disk Management (where none of those suggestions work cause when I right-click on the drive the only option I got was “Help”), etc, etc.

What fixed it for me was altering a byte in the drive’s MBR. Using MBRwiz 2.0 (freeware) at a command prompt (specifically “mbrwiz /list”) I discovered that my drive’s partition Type was set to “12-DIAG”. Entering “mbrwiz /disk=1 /type=0Bh” (that’s zero B, and substitute your own drive #) changed it back to the correct “0B-FAT32”, and viola! My drive returned with everything intact.

I have been using Acronis True Image 9.0 and have heard rumblings that these kinds of programs can mess up external drives. Can’t prove that this was the cause, but I’ll be watching it closely from now on.

Hope this helps
RobBob

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Once for mTTED, YOU CAN USE RECOVERMYFILES TO recover your files from the formatted disk, it should recover all files and then copy them to another drive, you cannot save/copy them to the same drive you are recovering from.

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Have pc on turn on ext hd let it try loading for second turn it off then put it in another usb slot it should try reinstalling the drivers if it does and it still doesnt work its probably corrupt which doesnt mean that its no good try formating it i know it sucks to have everything lost but sometimes it happens thats why i dont like ext hd all it takes is the right bump and it messes up another thing you could try is try hooking it up to another pc

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To connect your external hard disk from your laptop you need to enter the device manager and uninstall all USB drivers and controller situated at the bottom and then restart your computer. While you restart just attach the Usb cable of the hard disk.......

Enjoy ............

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