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External hard drive not recognized

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DeesSqueeze, Jun 27, 2009.

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  1. DeesSqueeze

    DeesSqueeze Thread Starter

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    I have a Compaq Presario w/ AMD Athlon XP300+ processor @ 2.17 GHz, and 448 Mb RAM, running XP with all the updates. I bought a 160 Gb extrnal drive to back up some files. During an AVG system check, I discovered the hard way that my USB port, the one that the hard drive was plugged into, has an intermittent short, which resulted in a write error to the external drive. The 'safely remove hardware' was on. Now, I can't access the drive. The drive is getting power - the green light glows and the device hums. I have tried everything which has appeared on this site regarding Device Manager, etc., without success. I have plugged the drive into another computer - a Toshiba laptop - and it isn't recognized there, either. How can I get my drive, and the data stored thereon, back?

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    Roy
     
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    There may be other solutions/fixes but I have had one external that "died". I opened the case, removed the HD itself and installed it into a computer. The HD itself was still working, but apparently the electronics circuit board in the external case had died. I had to spend another few dollars to replace the external case.
     
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    Thank you. I will try that ASAP. "Fast forum", he said, gratefully.
     
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