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Originally posted by Misterlondon
Originally posted by Starwise
If you hear a clicking noise, the hard drive is shot, if you hear it spin without clicking you can try using another USB cord, or it could be the actual USB controller on the external hard drive. If that's the case you can purchase a new external hard drive enclosure (minus hard drive) off ebay for example, but you will have to take out that hard drive first and determine whether it is IDE or SATA (Serial ATA) first. That will determine which enclosure to purchase.
already tried another cord which definitely works.. To be honest im not too savy when it comes to the technical side of these sort of things.. Not even sure what IDE and SATA are?
Will disk management let you assign it to a drive letter? Right click and assign a drive letter. If you cannot then its possible that the master boot record MBR may need to be repaired.
The only options i get when i right click are.. update driver software, disable, uninstall, scan for hardware changes and properties..?
Originally posted by SuperManny
Not to keep harping on what I said earlier, but... I hope you realize, the more you work with it the less your chances are of recovering any data.
It's really not hard to install it into your computer, and that would allow the computer to read the data directly, instead of going thru a USB port. This gives you a much better shot at recovery. I'll go thru the steps, and if you're still not comfortable doing it take it to a professional.
Take the case apart;
Look for any screws and remove them all. If there are any rubber pads on the bottom chances are there's a screw underneath. Occasionally they're under a label. I took one apart that didn't have a single screw; it just snapped together.
Find the splice on the side and separate it there with a knife or screwdriver.
Determine whether it's a SATA or IDE.
Look at how the hard drive is connected. The older ones (IDE) will have a power cable with 4 wires; red on one side yellow on the other side; 2 black ones in the middle. The data cable is about 2 inches wide and flat, usually gray. Note the red stripe on the side, next to the red wire on the power cable. That's how you connect them. Simple; red [on the data cable] goes next to red [on the power cable]. That way you'll know which way they go, altho you'd have to force them to put them in upside down.
If it's a newer SATA drive it'll have a
a.) a red (with black ends) flat data cable about a half inch wide,and a power cable that's similar to the IDE ones.
b.) a single wide stationary plug, where the hard drive plugs into.
So now that you know what you have, remove the mounting screws, and take it to your computer. Remove the 2 screws on the back that fasten the side panel. Slide it back and remove it. GROUND YOURSELF, with the computer off. Especially if your room is carpeted, either wear a grounding strap or touch a bare metal part of the computer to discharge any possible static electricity, that might be harmful to those sensitive electronic components.
Now see if you have the right connectors. For example if you have an IDE hard drive you could just temporarily take the cables from your CD/DVD drive and plug them into the hard drive and you're all set. You don't need to mount and fasten the drive, it'll work in any position.
If your drive is a SATA and you don't have the proper connectors, either find a newer computer, or get a PCI card. I got one on eBay recently with both SATA and IDE connectors for $7.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
if its picking up in disk management and showing used free.. it should be accesale.
perhaps its assigned a drive letter thats already in use.
can u right click and explore it in disk management?
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
reply to post by Misterlondon
I trashed a 2TB hdd full of photos and music, but getbackntfs (although it took 5-6hours) restored EVERYTHING.
originally posted by: Magic368
Another option would be to try a data recovery program like Pandora Recovery www.pandorarecovery.com... I've had good luck with it over the years, recovering a lot of data from failing drives. There are other programs out there, of course. And, finally, you can send it out to a recovery house. Very expensive, though.