Solved Data recovery from a Undetectable 1TB external hard drive

July 28, 2012 at 22:28:32
Specs: Windows 7
Hi, My seagate 1TB hard disk is not being detected on my laptop. I have checked the cable which is working and also tried using it in other laptops but no use.
There are no sounds coming and the light still burns.. I have checked in device manager and disk management but its no being detected there either. I would like to recover my data as they are important..could someone please suggest me some recovery tools?
Thanks.

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October 8, 2012 at 17:59:42
Free but effective....as the others have stated though, if the hard drive is not picked up by the bios or windows, these will not help, but they are good to have for future problems.

PC Inspector

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinsp...

and Recuva

http://www.piriform.com/recuva



#1
July 28, 2012 at 23:16:53
Recovery tools will only work if the drive is detected. Is the drive in some type of enclosure that you might be able to open

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#2
July 29, 2012 at 09:32:35
Try it on a different system to be sure. Then you do need to try another external or put it internal.

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#3
August 8, 2012 at 07:20:13
Christin, As Richard already pointed out, recovery software isn't going to do any good if the drive isn't even being seen by the operating system.
Also the software you linked to is for Mac OS's, he's running Windows 7.

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#4
August 10, 2012 at 02:35:31
if the reader head is damage then usually this is a job for a professional to replace, but can be expensive. also if the platter, motor, actuator are damaged its again a job for a professional.

however what usually find is that the controller board on the hard drive is damaged, either due to over heating or possibly from a power surge.

these power boards are pretty inexpensive, around £30 and very easy to replace, but you need to ensure you get the exact same make, model. i have used this company many times and have always been given a working board

http://www.pcbsolution.com/guides/d...

an excellent supplier, very helpful and usually able to provide you boards that you cannot find on their site.

no harm in giving it a try i guess if your data is worth it.


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#5
August 24, 2012 at 22:56:48
hi
i have WD 320 GB external hard drive , suddenly its stop & it not detecting in , my computer & even in disk management , i have 300 GB data in my external hard drive i unable to understand how may i recover my data . whole data is precious & too important & confidential please tell me some solution , that i can recover my data , & 1 more thing i have 1 data recovery software in my PC i insert my external hard drive its showing in data recovery software but its writing unknown disk , what to do i cant understand please help me

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#6
October 8, 2012 at 00:37:55
Hi billclinton,
I am facing similar issue, did you get ur data recovered?

Thanks
Sathya


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#7
October 8, 2012 at 17:59:42
✔ Best Answer
Free but effective....as the others have stated though, if the hard drive is not picked up by the bios or windows, these will not help, but they are good to have for future problems.

PC Inspector

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinsp...

and Recuva

http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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#8
October 8, 2012 at 20:43:04
What is this a community post?

If an external hard drive is not detected on more than one computer, open the case and install it as a second hard drive internally on a desktop. If it is still not detected, the drive is bad. If it is detected then copy the files or use recuva as recommended above to recover files. If recuva is not able due to no partition, partition and then use quick format (does not overwrite) and then try recuva again. This has worked for me when my daughter has a problem with her external. If the drive is bad, you may want to try a new board (as above) to see if you can fix it, but other than that, it is a job for a pro (an expensive job) if the files are that valuable.

Other than this, BEGIN YOUR OWN POST for your own question. End.

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#9
January 10, 2013 at 17:41:53
These are the exact symptoms i experienced. Too bad no warning recommendations for accidental unplug of external; sounds like a horror movie; you save all your data on your external, then a power surge; and you lose everything from which you paid for an expensive external to save your data in the first place... Shame! This is the perfect source of info for mac users of this scenario.

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#10
January 10, 2013 at 18:16:57
This thread should be 'closed out'.
Everyone should know by now that you should NEVER keep important data in only place. The data should be both on a computer's internal hard drive and the external hard drive; either the internal hard drive or the external hard drive and an optical media (CD/DVD's); or the internal hard drive or the external hard drive and the 'Cloud' (an off site paid for storage connected through the internet).

Please do not continue to post to this thread. if you have a new question, create your own post. If you are trying to be helpful, look for a current thread that is in need of a suggestion. If you just want to talk, go to a chat forum or one of the 'Off-Topic' forums.

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#11
January 10, 2013 at 21:45:54
If the it is not detected in being picked up through USB, and I am not concerned about warranty. I then remove the hard drive from the external case and I hook it up directly via sata cable, and I see if it is recognized then. If it is recognized you have a shot at getting your data back. If you are lucky, perhaps it is a failing controller on the external drive and when plugged in direct it functions again.

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