|Recently my external (USB) disk ( an Maxtor DiamondMax 10, 120 GB, so an PATA133/IDE-disk itself) disappeared from Vista. My first thought was that it would be the power of the casing as the light on the transformer wasn't working anymore.|
So I thought I would connect the disk straight into my computer. The weird thing was that as soon as I connected it to the internal IDE-controller (as a third HD, as a slave), my computer wouldn't boot anymore, not even to the BIOS! As soon as I removed the HD and plugged and unplugged the powersupply to the computer, the computer worked again without any problem.
So I tried another external USB casing (new!), that didn't work either with the Maxtor disk.
So it seems there is a short circuit in the Maxtor HD (print board?) which makes it impossible to access.
Anyone has any idea whether (and how) I can get HD working again and/or salvage my data on it?