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Crying Over My External Hard Drive...

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#1 siouxdax


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Posted 18 February 2009 - 03:15 PM

Hello all:
So a near disaster happened to me today. I knocked over my Western Digital 500GB MyBook. I immediately picked it up and heard the drive click and hum three times (click, hum, click, hum, click, hum), then nothing, the power remained on. I disconnected it from my PC and tried reconnecting it to my PC and my laptop to see if would be detected. No such luck. Unfortunately my warranty ran out last summer. A friend told me we may be able to recover some of the data, but it would be a few days before he could look at it.

So, am I up the creek without a paddle? What can I do to try to recover data? The drive contents are mainly movies and a few backup files. Any ideas as to what I can try in the meantime while I wait for my friend to look at it? Any help/suggestions are much appreciated.

You folks are the first place I go to get help, so I know one of you might have some tips...

Thanks a million in advance! :thumbsup:

Kind Regards,
Daniel in Tulsa
(aka siouxdax)

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#2 the_patriot11


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Posted 18 February 2009 - 06:41 PM

I would try booting up with linux disc and trying that, if that doesnt work I dunno.



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Posted 18 February 2009 - 09:44 PM

This is a USB drive? If you're positive that the PC and Laptop's USB ports are both working, then unfortunately there is probably not much you can do.

Only thing I can think is try go into device manager and see if the external hard drive there is listed.

I'm not even sure what your friend can do if the drive cannot be detected. Maybe he's planning on taking it apart to see if data can be recovered. If that is the case I strongly advise to wait for him to come do it, as these things are really tricky (I wouldn't dare to do it myself either).

Someone here will probably have better advise than me. However, unless there are other ideas I suggest you to not do anything to the drive (ie. leave it powered off), as the more data is written on it the lower chance of recovery.

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