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Corrupt external hard drive

by chriscostello / March 12, 2008 8:13 PM PDT

I've an external hard drive connected via USB to my PC laptop, windowsXP.
Recently my hard drive seems to of disappeared. It's listed in the device list, but dosn't list in in 'my computer'. Is it possible to recover the drive or have i just learnt a lesson on the benefits of backing up data?

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Re: corrupt external hard drive
by Kees Bakker / March 12, 2008 8:24 PM PDT

What does Disk Management say about it? Like allocated and free space, partitions, file system on the partitions?


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corupt hard drive
by chriscostello / March 12, 2008 8:32 PM PDT

i mean i can see it listed in control panel - systems - harware - device manager - disk drives.

It dosn't list under computer mangement - storage - disk management or in windows explorer under my computer.

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If disk manager doesn't see it ...
by Kees Bakker / March 12, 2008 8:37 PM PDT
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something is very wrong. Try buying a new enclosure (only) and put the disk in that.


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The easiest series of diagnostics is:
by Kees Bakker / March 13, 2008 5:28 AM PDT

1. Other USB-port on this PC (test all!)
2. Other PC.
3. Other cable.
4. Other case.
If all fail, it's the disk itself that's broken.


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I'd change the USB housing first.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 13, 2008 12:06 AM PDT
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