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Forgive me if this sounds over-simplistic, but have you tried turning the drive off and switching USB ports? Switching USB cables? Making sure you're using the right power cord for the external (I have multiple, and so I always have to check)?

Sometimes the controller boards go out. Given that data recovery is over a grand and a new external hard drive is about a tenth of that, I'd first explore any possibility of simple solutions, and if that didn't work:

Search for "open external enclosure" plus the brand of hard drive it is.
Unplug the drive.
Crack it open.
Disconnect the cables inside the case, and remove the drive inside.
Go to your local computer store (or go online) and purchase something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Apricorn-Drive.../dp/B000QY9KIS
Or This:
http://tekgems.com/Products/tg-usb-sata-ide-25-35.htm
Attach the hard drive from the external enclosure to the device and plug it in USB.

If the controller card was the problem, the computer should recognize the drive within a few seconds, install necessary drivers, and you'll have access to your data again.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011

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Sounds like the drive is physically damaged. I would extract the drive form the case, and test it. If the ports on the enclosure are faulty, theres is nothing to do about it except resolder them.......
Your youre concerned about the case and not the content on the drive, verify whether it is under warranty and return it.


Keep me posted.

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SOURCE: External hard drive issue

First try in another pc.If still not working just buy new external ( hdd is fine ) then put hdd in new external and it will work

Posted on Feb 13, 2008

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SOURCE: External hard drive can not be seen on My Computer

It might still be connected but may need a letter assigned to the drive, go into disk management and if it is there right click it and assign it a letter. If it is not then look at this forum for more ideas

http://www.techsupportforum.com/hardware-support/hard-drive-support/269193-acomdata-external-hd-not-recognized.html

I hope this helps

to get into disk management, go to Control Panel> administrative tools> computer management and will see disk managment in the left menu (for vista)

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SOURCE: seagate external hard drive green light blinking

that problem means that it is acsessing the files on it. it is not a worry for you.

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SOURCE: samsung external hard drive not recognized

its happens when the hard drives cable or usb port is problem


change the ccable then try

other wise plug the pci usb card & first diseble the motherboards usb port


then try



ok bye..........................................

Posted on Nov 17, 2009

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