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#1 Baloo

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 11:45 AM

HI

I have a Maxtor drive that was at one time a system disk. It was running XP Pro SP3. The drive will no longer boot so I have removed it from the PC and connected it to a USB enclosure. My system "sees" that I have connected the USB and identifies it as a disk drive all good so far I think but when it finishes installing the drivers and I try to explore the drive, the drive doesn't show up in Windows Explorer.

My question is does anyone know of a good (free or shareware) recovery program or is it going to be a waste of time trying to recover the data?

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:26 PM

There are a few decent freebie recovery programs. http://www.piriform.com/recuva is one.

The problem is your drive is not even seen, which means there is a problem with the PCB/circuitboard on the drive itself. I don't think you will have a decent chance of recovering anything with that problem. If the data is really important, you can either find another PCB and replace it (google the board number) or send it to a pro, who will likely replace the PCB and extract data.

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 12:38 PM

That's what I figured. Thanks for the input.
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