My Iomega Select 1TB Desktop External Hard Drive appears to be totally dead. There is a load of information on that drive that I need to access. And I'm hoping somebody can help me to bring my drive back to life again - but I don't want to reformat it as it will erase all of my data and that would defeat the purpose.
The LED doesn't light up. The disk is not spinning and there are no sounds from inside the enclosure. There were no odd sounds prior to it breaking down either. It was working fine one day and the next day it wasn't working at all. No warnings or nothing.
So, a couple of nights ago I was running Malware bytes, Super Antispyware and Spyware Search & Destroy all at the same time. Each program found malware and spyware etc. So I deleted the results as I usually do without consequence and I restarted the computer as requested. Prior to re-starting the computer, my external hard drive was working perfectly well.
When I re-started the computer, I went to look for something on my hard drive and that was when I discovered that it was no longer showing up anywhere on my computer. (I've carried out the above procedure loads of times in the past and never had any problems before.) I looked in My Computer and when I couldn't see it there, I closed that application. Then I pressed the start button, right-clicked on My Computer and clicked Manage.
The external hard drive is not showing up in Disk Manager nor in Device Manager (as far as I can tell - not too sure about device manager actually.)
I tried changing the usb to a different usb port but it made no difference.
So I posted this problem in Yahoo Answers and somebody there suggested that the power plug might be the problem and not the drive. So I thought that if I changed the fuse in the plug, then that might bring my external hard drive back to life. So I tried that, but the hard drive still appears to be dead. Still no LED light and no sounds from the enclosure either.
Here are the technical details that I have for my External Drive for your convenience:
Iomega Select Desktop External Hard drive 1TB
2.0 USB Hi-Speed
Model - GDHDU
Input rating - 12v = 1.5A (1,5A)
I haven't opened the original enclosure so I don't know what's written on the hard drive itself. The enclosure seems to be designed to be broken open and never used again. I wanted to see what else I can do before I have to take that step.
I'm not sure if the drive is an ATA or SATA or what kind of a drive it is. I also don't know the size of the drive, whether it's a 2.5" or a 3" or whatever and have no idea how to find out that information.
I am using Windows XP (probably the home edition).
I'm new to all of this, so any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
Help me bring my drive back to life with data intact. Thanks.
Edited by besscella, 22 August 2013 - 02:05 PM.