I just gave up on fixing old computer & external HDD

December 27, 2014 at 01:25:53
Specs: Windows 7, 64
I just gave up and got another computer because nothing I tried from all of your suggestions here never worked. I think that computer was just too far gone.\

On another matter now I have lost all of my files off my Verbatim external hard drive so I am still ruined. It seems I cannot win for losing. No one has been able to help me with that either in this second post but I so appreciate you all trying to help me.

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December 27, 2014 at 03:52:27
Thanks for your appreciation, sorry we weren't able to help.

If the hard drive has failed there is no way to fix it, but you should have kept your files backed up on another hard drive, that's just common sense. Then you wouldn't have lost any important files. Remember that in future, back up your files!

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December 27, 2014 at 04:19:43
Have you tried to recover files from your external drive with "Recuva"?


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December 27, 2014 at 05:42:18
I can't remember just now your original post... but as suggested by sluc, have you tried using recovery software with the drive connected (usb adapter) to another working computer?

I've used Easus successfully; and there are others too - recuva as suggested by sluc amongst them.

See a few more here:


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December 27, 2014 at 09:43:04
My guess is it won't be long before you'll be having problems with your new computer.

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December 27, 2014 at 10:16:16
On your other post what happened after your formatted the defective disk, was it still not visible so that you could try one of the recovery programs already mentioned?

If it was not visible after format then your chances of recovery are low because it has had a serious failure. If it was then visible you still have a good chance.

I don't really know what you tried or what happened regarding the above.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 27, 2014 at 16:03:28
If the portable hard drive died, and your computer also died, it is possible that the internal hard drive is not in itself dead. You can try removing the hard drive from the old computer and if your new one is a desktop, add it in as a second hard drive and if it works, copy off anything you need. Then you can wipe the drive clean (reformat it) and use it as an internal back up drive for extra safety and security. If the new computer is a laptop, then I would advise you to purchase an external hard drive case (there are those for 2.5" drives (laptop drives) and 3.5" drives (desktop drives)) and you can plug it in via USB and copy off anything you need, then you can also reformat the drive and use it that way as a back up drive.
If your old drive has much of the same files that your portable had on it, you may be saved a lot of trouble. If not then you still do not have those files. It is always important to keep at least two copes of important files on completely different drives. For really critical files, a third copy on CD or DVD's is also a very good idea as well as possibly putting those copies at a different location or in a fireproof safe or in a bank vault.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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