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external hard drive not showing

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by aurelius311, Feb 8, 2005.

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  1. aurelius311

    aurelius311 Thread Starter

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    I have an external hard drive, which was one where i bought the case and wiring, and just put in the hard drive from an old computer of mine. It worked great for two years.

    Now, whenever i hook it into my usb, it will not show up in my windows explorer. It does, however, show up in my device manager, as "USSB Mass Storage Device". This, combined with the do-DO noise my computer makes when i turn the hard drive on, i know my computer recognizes it, as there. it just wont let me see any of the files on it.

    i have un and re installed it several times.

    Ihave lots of pictures and such on it, and i do not want to lost them at all.

    any help would be great.
     
  2. Cadet

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    When you power the external hard, does it start spinning ?( can you hear or feel it vibrating ? )

    as i have had the exact same problem with an external HDD. Windows picks it up but it doesnt show.
     
  3. aurelius311

    aurelius311 Thread Starter

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    it is definetely spinning. its very loud, and vibrating heavily. why isnt anyone helping me? other posts have tons of replies already.
     
  4. norton850

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    "it is definetely spinning. its very loud, and vibrating heavily"


    Does it always sound this way?
     
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Remove the hard disk from the USB case and install it into a computer as a secondary master. Attempt the data recovery there. It may be that the hard disk has simply died, I'm not sure what help anyone can be in that case. We can always commiserate with you over the loss of data if you like.

    Try to remember that you didn't pay anything for the support here, and nobody is obligated to jump when you call. :rolleyes:
     
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