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External Mass Storage Device

Windows XP Home does not recognize Mass Storage Device

I've been using an external storage device to back-up all my important files. I usually un-plug the back-up drive when I?m done, but this time I forgot. There was a power outage and now XP does not recognize the drive as what I had it named as (backup drive). It now recognizes it as local drive I and not as a Mass storage device (USB) and wants to format the drive. I had all my college courses information on that drive and now I can?t view any of it. I hope I have not lost those files permanently. Please somebody save me. I also failed to make an additional copy of everything. I am learning this backup stuff the hard way. Another thing, I tried recovery console and had no luck there either.--

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Link, comment.

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problem not resolved yet

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I tried the other computer, the rear USB port on my PC, and the cmd prompt solution [chkdsk n: /f] with no luck. I don?t think this will help, but it?s not a Maxtor drive. The name is Fantom Drive. I would guess they are basically the same. I?ve also tried one of the links on the other post that leads to a recommended solution and had no luck there as well.

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Fantom or other.

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The discussion covers about every method known to get files out, the drive working again or repaired.

Since the easy steps fail (other PCs) then the unit has failed. I put the drive in another USB housing first since that's the likely next best solution.

Best of luck,


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installed as internal slave drive

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I took the drive apart. I have installed the drive as the slave drive, but my computer is not seeing it. Is this because the drive is not bootable or because I have not got something configured right in the bios.

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As slave on primary?

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If so the jumper on today's machines would be on Cable Select and plugged into the middle connection. And a power plug too.

Details matter.

I can't see your BIOS but hopefully it shows there.


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any other suggestions

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Ok that was a success, but it now see?s the drive as Local drive D and asks me to format. Same problem I had to start with. mmmnn, this is a tough one!

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Don't give up!!!

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Nope, not giving up yet

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I have a couple other things to take care of first [$$$] and some other channels/options I am looking into before I give up. Thanks for all you help and support Bob

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check the solution here

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create a partition.... WHAT!!!!

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Don't try and create a partition, if you have any work that you can recover on there at all trying to create a partition will lose everything,

Try the recovery tools Ontrack.

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