Let's start with the brutal truth and then move forward? OK? "Hard disks are temporary storage."
It's a maxim that has yet to be disproven, but let's move on.
If I needed to access this drive and it was vital, then you go to these places and pay...
If not, you have placed a price on the data and it's not worth that much to you.
----> OK, you want free?
Then you remove the hard disk from the casing and place it in a PC that has large disk support. From there I would boot up a KNOPPIX CD and see if I can browse the hard disk that I put on an IDE channel. If the files are there, then they are moved to CDR with K3b. Read all about it at http://tips.oncomputers.info/archives2004/0401/2004-Jan-11.htm
---> Let me be clear!
It's unlikely that repair will occur while the hard disk is in the drive enclosure. All tools I know of will not do well on USB drives.
Best of luck,
PC: Dell Dimension 4400
OS: Win XP home
External Hard drive: Maxtor One touch 250
Bought in March, worked fine until two weeks ago. I turned off my computer for the night, turned it on in the morning and received these messages:
**Not accessible, the parameter is incorrect**
**The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.**
The drive icon DOES show, the drivers ,etc are all there and windows tells me they are operating fine.
I have already spoken with Maxtor and they were absolutely of no help...other than wanting to reformat the hard drive ... which is out of the question. (I have 5 years of work stored in that HD, Personal, legal and business) and MUST find a way to retrieve it. (will not make personal comments about their support or policies.) grrrrrrrr.
I have spoken to Teckie types and tried several suggestions ... none helped so far.
PLEASE ... I'm desperate, and would appreciate any expertise. AND, if someone knows of an inexpensive recovery program. The data is all there, it was not deleted. I simply can not unlock the door.
Anxious in NY,