After a couple of years of good service, the HD is not being recognised by my computer.
I have swapped out the USB cable - no change. Tried it on my laptop, no change.
Clearly worried re hard drive failure...is this common with these drives?
Is there an issue I am missing?
And if it has failed, can data be extracted easily?
I am grateful for any help you can offer.
If it is powering on and is seen by windows disk management but looks like its not formatted , it has lost its file structure . Try running easy recovary pro 6 , try the varies options , i am running raw data recovary and its recovered 3000 files from a freecom disk 160. when i get the data format the disk and copy it back
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Re: Freecom 160GB Hard drive not recognised
Drives do fail Nick.
Is it powering up [power supply problem?]
Plug it in and go to Start/Control Panel/Admin tools/computer management/storage/ removable storage and disk management. See if the disc is recognised there.
If it is not, and if the disk is spinning
Try putting it into the deep freeze overnight.
Plugging in next morning and if it fires up get as much off as possible before it goes down again.
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Had the same problem. Just checked with their tech support: regular beeping can mean that there is not enough power going through the unit. I tried another USB port on the back of the computer (ie one connected directly to MB) and it worked fine.
Was the original 20Gb HD also a SATA or was it installed as an IDE?
Try installing a fresh clean Windows rather than the restore disc. However, you will need the drivers for the SATA 160Gb and press F6 when Windows installers ask you to.
Post back how things turn up or should you need further information. Hope this be of some idea/help.
Good luck and kind regards.