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How can I tell if an external HD is toast?


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#1 deltacoolguy

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:16 AM

How can I tell if an external HD is toast? I have a Maxtor 200GB external HD that is approximately 6-ish yrs old. It has just stopped working. I get the same non-response from both my desktop and laptop. The obvious conclusion would indicate it has gone belly-up, but I want to make sure there's not maybe some aspect that I'm missing.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:38 AM

im no expert on drives as im having issues myself but i have been in exactly the same situasion as you in the past,i used a linux or ubuntu live cd and have had good look accessing and copying what i thought was a dead drive in windows the live cds are readily available if you look around on the net.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 03:54 AM

Try removing the drive from the enclosure, could just be the USB controller that's failed.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:06 PM

As dif says if it powers up then the next step is pull the drive. I have seen the Maxtor enclosures go bad where the drive inside was OK.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:38 PM

In this case it does not even power up.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 04:41 PM

If no power at all then it could be the AC adapter. do you have a voltmeter you can measure the AC adapter plug that goes into the enclosure with? The voltage and current rating are marked on the adapter itself.

Many of these enclosures use the same plug and voltage and current rating from my experience with what I have in the house. That would be Maxtor, WD, Hitachi, and Seagate.

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