I have a Seagate Barracua LP 2TB HDD. This was originally housed in an IOMEGA external USB enclosure belonging to my son. When it failed (don't know how or why) he asked me to work on it. The problem was almost definitely the PCB and I used a mail in service to transfer the original firmware to a new PCB which I recently installed. That seems to have worked: The disk now sounds as though it is operating and it appears in Device Manager and Disk Manager, which identifies all three original partitions and labels it a “healthy disk”. I can NOT, however, see it in Windows Explorer, so I can’t access the files. Seagate's "Disc Wizard" offers no help either. It appears to be intended primarily for error checking or new disk installation.
Note that I have tried it in the IOMEGA USB enclosure as well as installing it directly in my computer with the SATA power & data cables. I get the same results. Disk Manager will not allow me to assign a drive letter. Most of the solutions I find online recommend re-partitioning it. That would probably work, but it would "delete" the data that is on here, and my main goal is to retrieve that data. Is the easiest solution to simple repartition and then use a utility like “Recuva” to access the data?
"Barracuda LP" 2TB
Part number 9TN158-510
Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 055 processor @ 3.20 GHz
Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
4 GB RAM