Hard Drive died ?????

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  1. Greetings oh computer ninjas, my external hard drive has seemingly given up the ghost, it is not recognizable by any PC I plug it into, I have let a colleague look at it and his technical description was "its F**ked" (cheers for that). Now I'm resigned to the fact I will have to buy a new one, however, can I get the info from the old one in any way ?????? Merci buckets :)
  2. Hehe, I told a friend that the other day when he brought his hard drive........oh feck....it not you is it?!
  3. FrosteeMARIA

    FrosteeMARIA LE Gallery Guru

    Pandora data recovery worked for me - same prob. (It's also freeware!)
    You might also want to check the power supply to ext HDD- is it usb powered or mains?
  4. You could try a recovery utility to analyse the drive, it may not be the drive have you tried putting it in to another casing?
  5. As above, check it's getting power.

    After that I'd be tempted to carefully extract the drive from it's enclosure and mount it in a PC before attempting data recovery.

    On the other hand... If there's anything really valuable on there that you need to recover, valuable as in "will send to data recovery specialist, prices start at a bag of sand and rise rapidly" then do bugger all with it. The less you ballix about with it the easier (and cheaper) the professional recovery will be.
  6. FrosteeMARIA

    FrosteeMARIA LE Gallery Guru

    Just don't take it to PC World!
  7. and make sure there is no dodgy stuff on it.....oh you cant!
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  8. Not unless you work in Casablanca and look like Gok Wan
  9. USB
  10. Power seems to be there, ie light comes on as normal to start, but pc or laptop dont come up with its name, just usb device ??
  11. it"ll all end in tears!! this is where gary glitter started- with a dicky hard drive !
  12. 32,000 karaoke tracks need rescue !!!!!!

  13. karaeoke !!! worse than gary glitters collection-let the tunes die !!
  14. FrosteeMARIA

    FrosteeMARIA LE Gallery Guru

    If PC still recognises there is a USB device there, then software recovery should do the trick. Only downside is that recovered files will sometimes be renamed as file000001, and so on.
  15. FrosteeMARIA

    FrosteeMARIA LE Gallery Guru

    What he said!

    *hangs head in shame* I learnt my lesson........didn't back up........