External Hard Drive Woes

Just looking around other forums here, I think I might've partially come up with some sort of solution, which is basically, all is lost. But before I throw in the towel, confirmation from people that know a heck of lot more about these things would be nice to have. So here we go, first off, the hard drive in question is one of those dreaded Seagates. Before I posted, I think one of the top 5 posts that I skimmed over, put the fact out there that this particular brand is indeed questionable. Also, later last year, the port for the USB cable on the SATA board snapped off. So rather than do the smart thing and actually search for a suitable replacement or maybe have that piece soldered back on, I chucked it out, ordered a USB to SATA adapter and everything seemed to be going okay, until now. A couple of days ago, something happened and now its not listed in File Explorer. Whenever I go into the 'Devices and Printers' tab on the Control Panel, I can see it, but the status on it says, driver error and needs troubleshooting. Troubleshot and it came up snake eyes. So, any takers?

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Not clear

You talk about some port snapping off and then an adapter.

You have an usb cable attached to the pc.

The other end of the cable attaches to something.

Post a link about this something.

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Oh Yeah

I meant the port on the SATA board inside the case snapped off, so the USB cable connected to PC had nothing to connect to at time until I replaced the SATA board with a USB to SATA adapter. After I did that, it functioned as it should've until a few days ago. Currently, with the device connected to my PC, it doesn't list itself on my File Explorer, but when I connect the device to my TV, after a longer than normal loading time, it displays the folders on the hard drive, but the folders are empty.

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If it's semi functional.

Try RECUVA on the drive if you are hunting for files then after recovery, move this to the bin for recycling.

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An Attempt

Just tried out RECUVA but didn't get a hit on anything. Right now I'm looking at the listing of devices in my Control Panel. The hard drive right now is listed as, 'Unknown USB Device (Device Descriptor Request Failed). The troubleshooting option keeps suggesting that maybe it has something to do with the driver?

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Then it's currently a dead drive.

When it comes back to where it shows but is missing folders/files then try recuva.

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1st off, everyone here has been extra-emley helpful and I appreciate that a lot. I just switched out my new USB to SATA adapter back to my old USB to SATA adapter (huge surprise) and now everything is working somewhat, albeit everything is loading in at a slower rate. Does that mean the hard drive is about to die or something else?

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It means it is unreliable.

Be sure your files are safe and don't trust it for new.

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Seeing Double

Unfortunately RECUVA couldn't run it. It kept stating that the drive was not ready. Also, it seems that the drive seems to have duplicated its listing in File Explorer, I'm not sure if that means anything, but I thought I'd mention it. I was however able to right-click and open the 'Properties' tab and there's still data on the drive, but that was all the interaction I could really do.

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if you have a desktop mount the hdd inside the desktop.

Connect it using sata.

Anything change?

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