Solved External HDD gets detected in Device Manager but not Disk Ma

April 2, 2014 at 10:06:25
Specs: Windows 7
Yesterday, I started a download and kept the pc on with my Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex External HDD 1TB plugged in. After I woke up I realized that there was a power cut and the computer went off unexpectadly (I had no UPS or any backup system).And, I found that my Ext HDD was not seen in my computer anymore (It was working perfectly until before I went to bed).
In device manager, under 'Disks' it shows 'GoFlex Hard Disk', but in BIOS or Disk Manager there is no sign of this HDD.

I really need the data in the HDD badly. Please help me recover it.


P.S. I read somewhere that keeping the HDD in freezer might help and give a little more time. Is that true? Worth the risk?


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#1
April 2, 2014 at 11:23:05
Don't put it on a freezer.
Try it with this linux live cd
http://puppylinux.org/main/Download...
or
Remove the hard drive from the enclosure and connect it as internal hard drive.

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#2
April 2, 2014 at 12:24:04
I have no idea how to do that.

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#3
April 2, 2014 at 15:24:56
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"I have no idea how to do that"

Which bit, producing a Puppy Live Linux CD or connecting the external as an internal drive? Just for starters:

With Puppy you burn a CD then boot up to Linux with it - it just temporarily runs from the CD drive and the RAM. You can then look at your external drive in Linux and see if it can be read. If so you could save the contents elsewhere.

If your external HD is in an enclosure (caddy) then it can be physically removed and put inside your computer. If it is a premade unit then you cannot do this.

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#4
April 2, 2014 at 15:55:08
The fact it shows in device manager only means the OS can read the firmware on the drive; it doesn't mean it's working. And it may not show in the bios setup because it's external but I'd expect some reference to it in disk management.

If you do get it to show up again, avoid formatting it even if windows wants you to.


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#5
April 2, 2014 at 22:33:00
Its "Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex". Can it be removed from the enclosure and connected internally?

http://www.everythingusb.com/images...


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#6
April 2, 2014 at 23:59:15
Yes & inside it looks like this
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Qf4qjrKqG...

How to take apart your Seagate Freeagent Goflex Portable Drive (2.5")
http://bychaw.blogspot.com/2011/12/...

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#7
April 3, 2014 at 00:06:51
Well there ya go!

Here's the seagate support page for it:

http://www.seagate.com/support/exte...

You may want to download and install SeaTools and see what it says about the drive.

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#8
April 3, 2014 at 12:57:15
Okay, now that i removed the enclosure, how shall i connect the naked hdd internally? Through a SATA Cable?


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#9
April 3, 2014 at 14:26:29
Yes it's a SATA connection.

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#10
April 3, 2014 at 15:08:21
So, I just need to buy this cable
https://ri-vier.eu/images/Accessoir...

and then remove the enclosure of the HDD and connect it to the motherboard? Do i have to give any power to the hdd or anything else?


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#11
April 3, 2014 at 17:15:30
It needs a power cable too, usually a short one that connects to a spare connectors (there are almost always unused ones kicking around). It's all here:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-inst...

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