Solved Dropped USB external Hard Drive Impact Damage

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July 22, 2013 at 10:06:14
Specs: Windows 7, 2.8 GHz / 3326 MB
It appears that an external hard drive I have fell off the table and damaged the one block that identifies the drive to the computer. Is there any way to move the info from this block to another, or somehow reformat this information to the drive without losing all data on the drive? Thanks.

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#1
July 22, 2013 at 11:08:59
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I don't understand what you mean by the one block that identities the drive to the computer. The drive is identified via firmware in the inboard electronics. There is an area that contains information about the disk, translation tables and the like, that is put there by the manufacture during the real low level format at the factory. This is not normally accessible by the user and is beyond the scope of anything the user can do.

If you mean track 0 where the Master Boot Record is stored then the answer is no. Track 0 is one area of the hard disk that cannot be re-mapped.

When the disk was dropped you probably damaged the read/write head with renders the drive useless, especially if the drive was in use at the tine.

The only thing you can do is to contact the manufacture and see if there is anything they can do but I suspect you need some serious data recovery which can be very expensive,

Stuart


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#2
July 22, 2013 at 11:21:11
I would guess then that, yes, it is Block 0 that has a problem. The utility I used to attempt to identify the problem found the very first block as "bad."

The computer is unable to identify the drive by its letter designation, but sees the drive as an unformatted drive, and wants to format it.

But anyway, OK, thanks. I appreciate your input.


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#3
July 22, 2013 at 14:48:45
but sees the drive as an unformatted drive, and wants to format it.

It's history, fit only for the scrap heap.


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