So a few months ago, I noticed my Iomega 500GB USB 2.0 external Hard Drive was beeping. It stopped being detected by Windows XP despite several attempts to reconnect so I didn't bother much with trying to fix it. Currently I am trying to see if I can get my machine upgraded a little to handle Win 8 a bit better and I would like to use what remains of my beeping HD as an internal HD. So far, I'm having no luck...
At the time, the old hard drive was formatted to FAT32 to handle and store older files and did so beautifully. I think Windows 8 can't see FAT32 drives at all, but then again, XP couldn't see the drive either once it started to beep but had detected it fine via USB. So I am assuming something else might be wrong. There are some things I would like to keep from the hard drive as this WAS my backup before it went bust. Is this hard drive salvageable with the data intact (or at least mostly intact) or not worth the time?
The bare hard drive itself is a 3.5" Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Model #ST3500630AS) with SATA 3.0Gb/s interface.
Edited by MariGoddy, 29 May 2014 - 09:36 AM.