External Drive Does'nt Mount or Boot

January 18, 2010 at 09:14:29
Specs: Windows XP SP3, Pentium 4/1 GB
Hello,
External drive does not mount on XP or any other OS. I tried different enclosures, different computers and installed it internally. It is not working. When I install it locally, I get a boot time error that the drive is bad even though it is set up as a slave or secondary drive with a master on the same cable. I tried it with the Cable Select as well as manual secondary drive settings with no change. When I try it with a USB external enclosure, the computer detects a USB storage device being connected. But the Disk Management console within the Computer Management console does not see the drive.

The drive is, clearly, bad, but is there anything I can do to get some of the data off of it?

Thanks.


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#1
January 18, 2010 at 10:02:28
The drive is gone, u can recover your data but it's very expensive.If the problem is logic board u can change it yourself.

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#2
January 18, 2010 at 16:09:02
How can I tell if it is the board or the drive itself?

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#3
January 18, 2010 at 16:17:01
I just found a similar drive so I will try to switch the boards. I am currenlty copying the sectors from the bad drive to a partition on another drive to if I have any better luck. It is not looking good. HDClone is reporting errors for every sectors it tries to read. Once this finishes, I will try to replace the boards. I never tried that before, but it looks very easy. Thanks for the idea.

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#4
January 18, 2010 at 16:38:18
Why are you trying to boot to the drive? Even if it was good chances are it wouldn't boot. Reconnect it internally as a slave and after you are in Windows go to Disk Management and see if the drive shows there. Post back what you find.

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