FreeAgent 1TB External Hard stopped working (unknown, not initialized)

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Sedhadi

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Hey

Yesterday, I was working with my PC while my 1TB Seagate external hard (http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-FreeAgent-Ultra-Portable-External-STAA1000101/dp/B0045JLPMO) was plugged in via USB. The USB connection was a little bit loose.

Then when I was plugging a USB flash memory in, I noticed that the external hard was disconnected.
I connected it again, but it didn't appear in My Computer.
Here is the state in Disk Management and Device Manager:





After that, I plugged out the "SATA to USB converter" from the hard and connected it directly to SATA cable inside the PC case (like internal HDD), but this time nothing showed up in Disk Management, Device Manager and BIOS. However, it took a long time for the system to boot.


I searched and read lots of threads and tested some other stuff:





(It didn't appear in Minitool Partion Wizad).

I've got a lot of data on this HDD which really matters to me. :(
Any help is really appreciated.
 

crjdriver

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OK, first of all, do you have a current backup of anything important?

Next from the pics, it does not look like you pulled the drive out of the enclosure. Did you fully remove the drive and connect the bare drive as an internal drive?
 

Sedhadi

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I don't have backup.

There's no need to pull the hard completely out of the housing. I connected the power and SATA cable as other internal hards.
 

crjdriver

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Yes, there is a need to pull it out of the housing.

As for not having a backup, that somewhat limits your options at this point.

Here is what I would do;
1 Pull the drive out of the housing
2 Connect it to a working system however boot the system with a linux live usb. I use parted magic linux for this task. It is excellent for file rescue, etc.
3 If the drive is not found by linux, then your only option is to send it to a shop that does data recovery. This is NOT cheap. Prices where I live start at $125 or so plus the media to recover your files and it goes WAY up from there. If you go this route, get an estimate as to cost. It is not uncommon for people to spend $500 or more to recover data.
 

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This is why we stress backups so much.

Data you do not backup is data you do not care about AND you should expect to lose said data.
 

Sedhadi

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I've done this before (connecting the HDD as an internal hard drive) without removing the housing. I can't understand what difference it makes.
 
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