Unstopped portable harddrive unplugged, now says unrecognized.
I was using the drive, but I had not been for a while, however when I clicked the eject, it said it could not be stopped. A few moments later, I adjusted my laptop and the drive became unplugged. Now when I plug in the drive, it says the device has malfunctioned and the device is unrecognized. Should I look into a data recovery service, or is there a software solution here?
The drive is a Western Digital Passport 250 GB USB
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if the hard drive you saved the files to is separate to your laptop you can use a usb portable drive to copy these files to then plug the usb drive into your laptop to finish installing them by selecting the file right click to open
hope this helps
if the drive is making the "Click of Death" then most likely the only way to recover the data is to send the drive to a data recovery specialist (DriveSavers, On-Track et al) recovery of data can be pricy.
It is possible the drive enclosure itself is bad, you could try moving the drive to another enclosure and see if it works there, but that is a stretch
The USB memory key want to use a drive letter already in use. To fix it ,click on start,right click on My Computer then click on Manage. You may need to enter your password or click on Continue in the User Account window. Click on Disk Management and look for an entry that does not have a drive letter. Right click on the drive and then click on Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click on the Change button and select a new drive letter from the dropdown menu.Click OK in both windows to save. Regards Bill
Try this, take and unplug the drive from the computer and do a reboot of the computer. Then once your computer is back up, try plugging in the drive again and that should take care of it. If it does not, Go to the Start Menu, then Control Panel, then System. Click on the Hardware Tab and then click on the Device manager button. In the right side of the screen you should see a little yellow icon on the drive in question. Right click on the device and select uninstall. Then reboot your again and plug in the drive.
I think you are using an 2.5" notebook hard disk drive into this external case which hasn't got an extra power supply.
Since you're using an USB1.1 connection this could be a USB1.1 issue, USB2 returns more power to the connected device, since you connected you harddrive too an USB1.1 port you might need an USB cable which you can plug into 2 USB ports.
By doing this one USB port will provide the power to spin the drive up (which needs a lot of power) and the other cable will be able to focus on the data transfer.
You can also check your disk manager, it could be the drive is requesting a drive letter that's aready in use by another device. Go to start -> right mouse click on My Computer -> manage -> storage -> disk management. If the device is within this list you might attach another drive letter to it by doing the following. Right mouse click on the disk -> Change drive letter and paths and there you change the current drive letter into another one.