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hard drive woes seagate external 500gb

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cubbycuddly, Oct 3, 2012.

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  1. cubbycuddly

    cubbycuddly Thread Starter

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    My seagate external drive has stopped working. I looked in device manager and it is there and saying its working properly. Its also listed in disk management showing as RAW and read only. I've tried numerous recovery software with no success. Teskdisk reported read error and found no partitions. Easeus wizard recovery scanned for hours and found no files. I have a lot of precious files on the hard drive which I would hate to lose. I do get a window up saying the drive in question needs to be formatted, I know that if I do this I will lose all my data. In desperation I clicked ok for this but even the format was not successful. I have also taken the hard drive out of its enclosure and is now plugged into a hard drive docking station. This made no difference.

    any helpful advise?
     
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    If both TestDisk and Easeus have failed then you may be out of luck. If the data is truly important then sometimes its best to seek assistance from a data recovery firm as sometimes accessing the drive only makes it worse. You could try one of these for that: http://hard-drive-recovery-services-review.toptenreviews.com/

    When a drive fails sometimes data recovery is not possibly at all or only through data recovery companies.

    This is why backups are so important and why you should invest in a backup drive or online backup in the future.
     
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