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Re: Toshiba HD problems...
Hey, no problem, glad to have been assistance. If you are in Dublin, go to a Maplins store, ask for a usb hard drive data reader, they cost about 40 to 50 euro, but worth it if you have items on that drive of value to you. Best of luck.
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Part 1, how do you use the drive on the computer to watch recorded shows from you DVR, simple install EX for windows which will allow your computer to access Linux formatted drives.
Part 2, how do you retrieve the files that were on it before, that depends how many new files you've put on it since. When the DVR formatted the drive it didn't erase the old files and they could easily be found again with a very inexpensive program. Each show you've recorded since will have overwritten some of the files. I will give you a link below for a review I wrote of such a program. Don't buy it right away, download the trial and scan the Toshiba, the program will show you a list of files it can recover then if you think it's worthwhile for the files it shows, only then pay for the program and recover the files.
Link for EX?
The author provides this driver for free but asks you donate to show your appreciation.
Does the HD spin up? Take care not to confuse with the other noises in the case. The best way is to unscrew the HD from the case and hold it with your hand for a while in order to feel the spin up. If the HD does not spin up, sorry to said, don't waste your time with this particular disk. If you have valuable data, ask for hard disk recovery service at your area.
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Toshiba could only replace my HD after destroying the data on it, So I just bought a separate empty HD casing instead and opened the Toshiba casing and took out the Western Digital Harddisk. The harddisk was perfectly working, It seems that the Toshiba controller in their casing got messed up. (Never a Toshiba for me, because by solving the problem myself in the appropriate manner I lost their useless warranty).
Your HD has an obvious problem. If it has power going to it and it isn't working then the HD needs to be replaced. Don't worry in many cases you can have the
data retrieved from your old hard drive by using this online company that I
First thing First, detect and isolate the problem:
take the HD and connect it to the computer (DATA AND POWER CABLES right connected) and see if Operative System detects it and you can partition, format and write and move data to and inside it without problems.
If you can and the system works OK with that... your HD is working so take a breath. If not... you HD is down and well... there is not much to do without expending money.
If you succeed, just try powering your case without the HD and of course with the right power supply... the one that comes with the case. if the case can be powered for a few hours with no problems nor rare noises... connect the HD to it and try.
The info you are giving is very incomplete, I don`t know what you did, what system are you operating, Do not know what you know about computers, so I do not know what to explain and what you know already.
See my response to someone else at the following link: http://www.fixya.com/support/t587080-external_hard_drive_not_recognized . Not sure if the WD My Book you are trying to open is the same as a 500G. Mine has a black case, resembles a book and measures approx 7" high x 5 1/2" deep x 2 1/4" thick. I was able to open my WD My Book 500G drive but not w/o tearing up the rubber around the edge. Once I got it open, I discovered that there are tabs at the top and bottom of the case. The tabs are recessed w/i small rectangular holes and hard to see unless you look at it w/ a bright light. The tabs are located about 1 inch from the front edge of the drive on the top and bottom. It appears that you have to depress both tabs w/ flat tip screw drivers (or some other similar device) while pulling on the sides of the casing - you almost need three hands (maybe even more) while trying to get it open. The rubber around the edges fits tightly so it is extremely difficult to pull it apart w/ the rubber still in place. There must be some other trick to opening the case but I'm not sure what it might be. Not sure what you can do once you open it unless you have another drive that you can swap parts w/.
Good luck. Let me know if you figure out how to open the case w/o tearing up the rubber.