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Seagate external not working

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Autonutz, May 17, 2018.

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  1. Autonutz

    Autonutz Thread Starter

    May 17, 2018
    Hello! Had a few questions about an external drive that stopped working. I havent used this in a few weeks and went to plug it in and didnt see the the light go on or hear the drive spool up.
    Ive verified that the power supply is working correctly as well as dismantling it and testing the drive in my pc with sata(not showing up because of the specific external format i assume)
    Im wondering if there is a way to use this drive in another external or just install it in my pc without losing the 3.5 TB of media i have on it? [​IMG]
  2. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    Most external drives are formatted as FAT32 which is visible from just about any operating system. If it was used/formatted on a linux system, then there might be a problem reading the drive in windows.
    If you connected the drive as an internal drive and it still does not work, the drive has most likely failed. External drives are not as reliable as an internal drive. This is for a few reasons;
    1 Heat. External drives are not designed for continuous duty. They are designed to switch ON and make a backup then OFF. The exception to this is if the drive has it's own cooling fan.
    2 External interface. Another part to fail which an internal drive does not have
    3 Shock damage from moving the drive around. Again an internal drive does not have this problem
    Perhaps. Have you run data recovery software to see IF you can recover anything [when it is installed as an internal drive
    If that does not work, you can ship the drive to a shop that does data recovery however this is NOT cheap. A very basic recovery using software can run $250~300 or so. If the drive has to be disassembled and have the platters read, the cost goes way up from there.
    In any case, data you do not backup is data you do not care about and you should expect to lose said data. ALL drives fail; it is only a question of when your drive will fail.
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