External Hard drive isn't found

March 16, 2009 at 21:46:18
Specs: Windows XP
Hey so I have two external hard drives hooked up to my laptop with Windows XP (via USB port).

I recently had the power go out, and one hard drive is okay, but the other isn't detected anymore.

I tried hooking it up to my brother's laptop, but it didn't work either.

I looked in the "Safely Renive Hardware" window, and saw both of my hard drives listed there, but under My Computer, only one of my hard drives shows up.

Is there any way to fix this?

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March 17, 2009 at 11:25:54
If you see the drive in the Disk Manager, repartition, format it and restore the backup.

You do backup your data regularly, right?

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March 17, 2009 at 17:44:56
well it didn't show up in the Disk Management,

and I don't backup my stuff

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March 17, 2009 at 18:50:44
The drive might have died. But I would try connecting the drive internally. The USB adapter in the external box might have died, and the drive itself might be ok.

I hope that you are going to start backing up now.

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March 17, 2009 at 20:09:44
how would I go about connecting to it internally?

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March 17, 2009 at 20:57:17
Do a Google search for 'connecting an internal hard drive'. There are several sites explaining how to do it, and there are even some videos.

Or you could swap the drives in your two external boxes.

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March 17, 2009 at 21:03:07
okay thanks.

I tried using a data recovery program, "Getbackdata," and that program detected my harddrive, but it failed to save any files.

Also, I'm jsut now trying "VirtualLab," and hopefully that'll work and I won't have to tamper with my harddrives (I'm not very good with computer hardware, nor do I have much experience with it)

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March 17, 2009 at 21:55:46
Good luck!!!

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