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1TB External Drive not recognised by XP, HELP!!

After dropping my Iomega 1TB external drive it made a strange clicking/beeping sound everytime I switched it on. At first i thought it might be the usual 'Click of death' but the beeping sounds are periodical. As a last resort I tried taking the case off and stuck the hard drive in the freezer for 2 hours.

When I took it out and plugged it in it still made the beeping sounds even after I gave it a little tap. I left it switched on for a while (plugged in to laptop via USB) and the beeping stopped, a while later the device drivers were installed. Although the drivers are installed windows cant detect the device and so I cant recover my precious data!

Any help is much appreciated, Thanks.

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In reply to: 1TB External Drive not recognised by XP, HELP!!

Did you try connecting the drive to a different computer to see if it is the drive or the computer?

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In reply to: 1TB External Drive not recognised by XP, HELP!!

Small chance it's the case only. Put the disk in a new case or directly in the PC.

Big chance it's the disk. Then you need specialised help from companies like krollontrack or drivesavers. If "precious" means "worth more than USD 1000" you've good chance to get most - if not all - back.

One really wonders why people think they can use an external drive for long term storage without providing for adequate backup of the data. External drives are well suited as temporary storage, to move data between several locations and as a part of a complete backup scheme (the other parts of that backup scheme are a second hard disk, storage on the web or burned DVD's).

Best of luck.


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Yeah I tried on a different computer but no luck.

I think tomorrow il try sticking it in as an internal drive and if that doesnt work then its time to chuck it. Wow didn't realise it was as much as that, no thanks!

Yes I agree, as you can see its a lesson I'v learned the hard way. But in the future I'l be reconsidering the way I back up my files.

Thanks alot.


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